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Monmouth Road Green marries history and horticulture in a new public space

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21 June 2017

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Monmouth Road Green has officially opened to the public (12 June 2017) having been transformed from a drab, unused open space to a peaceful, landscaped area of tranquillity for local people to enjoy.

- Monmouth Road Green officially opened by Mayor of Enfield and special guests

- The regeneration forms part of the Crescent Conservation Area enhancement in Edmonton

- Community contributed to the look and feel of a sustainable and environmentally sympathetic design

Monmouth Road Green has officially opened to the public (12 June 2017) having been transformed from a drab, unused open space to a peaceful, landscaped area of tranquillity for local people to enjoy.

The green was visited by the Mayor of Enfield along with the Leader of the Council and special guests including the children of St. Edmund’s Catholic Primary School of the Hertford Road, who helped to plant shrubs, flowers and other greenery.

The open space complements one of Edmonton’s most beautiful and historically significant residential area. The land forms part of The Crescent Conservation Area in Edmonton, where Grade II listed buildings from the early 19 century form a crescent of terraced four-storey houses, unique in  Enfield.

Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “This wonderful, public space complements the recent Council-led improvements to The Crescent to both private properties and those owned by our project partners Newlon Housing Trust.  The co-ordinated repairs and restoration have contributed to the uplift of the area and seen improvements for all to enjoy.

“The main triumph of this regeneration has been the participation of the community in this project. We want people to have access to green, open spaces and moreover, to have a say as to how their living areas are shaped. Looking ahead, we anticipate further investment into the area which already is a thriving, cosmopolitan place to live, work and be educated in, leading to a strong community focus.”

The final design of the space was shaped by the local community during a public consultation which took place during the summer of 2016. There is an arc of trees and curving footpath to mirror the shape of the historic crescent as well as a central paving feature, which will include an engraving taken from novelist and journalist Daniel Defoe’s writing about the area.

The project is designed to sustainably manage rainwater by allowing it to run off into surrounding flowerbeds. The flowers have been specially chosen to encourage bees and butterflies to visit the area. The gardening club of St. Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, comprised of year-five and year-six students, helped with the planting and will enjoy the area for years to come along with other residents in the area.

The work at Monmouth Road Green forms part of the Council’s growth and sustainability objective, to attract investment and support sustainable regeneration and growth, as well as to provide residents with access to green, open spaces.