Phases 1 & 2
Soft landscape design
With: Adams & Sutherland architects
Client: LB Haringey
Phased landscape improvements for this important public space; Phase 1 included access, existing tree works and new planting to a public green space. Phase 2 includes public realm enhancement, rain gardens and a playful children’s library garden, with Adams & Sutherland.
Phase 1 of Tottenham Green re-invigorated this large green space along the busy Tottenham High Road. Many mature trees are present in the space, and so a careful regime of crown- lifting was employed to improve sightlines and light levels within the Green. Robust new planting, particularly at edges to the road, bus stops and entrances includes textural Miscanthus grass, colourful dogwoods and roses.
Phase 2 creates a unified public space outside of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Marcus Garvey libraty. New trees and rain garden planting act as characters in the space, bringing colour and seasonality to the flexible space. A feature Catalpa tree provides shade, shelter,
large bright leaves and colourful flowers. Outside the library, a children’s garden with retained birch tree, new fruit tree and large climbable boulders set amongst textural shrubs and herbaceous plants enhances sensory experience. Herbs, edible fruits and a living willow arbor provide further engagement opportunities, and scented climbers will grow up over time to create a living green screen to the perimeter.