Tuesday, 17 April 2012

How Kinloch Gardens went from bad to gold

This is a post to celebrate good news.

Kinloch Gardens is a park just off the Hornsey Road.

It feels like a walled garden because it's surrounded by houses and they almost hide it. You'll only notice it if you walk to Pakeman primary school, stop, turn and look down what seems a normal side street for long enough to realise that there's a park there and not just a bit of greenery at the end of a cul de sac.

It's tiny, but you should still go find it. There are mosaics:

Kinloch Gardens cat mosaic thanks to Gaz-zee-boh on Flickr 
And there are flowers:

Kinloch Gardens in the late afternoon thanks to Gaz-zee-boh on Flickr  

The good news is that it won a 2012 Mayor's Safer Parks Gold Award because 'since the friends group was set up in 2008, there have been annual Easter, summer and winter events that have boosted local community involvement. It has been designated a ‘no drinking park’ which has reduced street alcohol abuse in Kinloch Gardens and enabled community events to flourish.'

If you'd like to join the Friends of Kinloch Gardens, go here.


  1. Love the mosaic! I'd never heard of this park before - but then again, I don't tend to go that far down the road. It's a whole other world!

  2. There's a lot more mosaic if you can venture that far.