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Welcome to Vartry Community Residents Association (VCRA)

Come along to the Paignton Picnic on Saturday 24 September to chat with neighbours and share some food! All welcome!

There is a meeting about the proposed tree losses at St Ann’s Hospital on Sunday 25 September at Peace Garden at the Hospital organised by Friends of St Ann’s Green Space (StAGS).

Catalyst Housing’s planning application for St Ann’s Hospital would mean the loss of 50% of the existing trees on the site.

StAGS believe that, with the support of Haringey Council, Catalyst Housing have the skills and resources to give us the housing development we need: a showcase for environmental and sustainability practice in all areas of design, landscape and build for the long-term benefit of local people. A Forestry Commission booklet shows the variety of trees in the hospital.

There’s some Action on issues raised at our recent residents’ meeting on Wednesday 15 June. As more stuff gets done, we’ll post here and alert on WhatsApp.

Also do check out the Activities in Haringey Parks page with yoga, women’s self-defence and tennis, that’s if litter picking in Manchester Gardens and Franklin Street Rose Garden is not enough exercise!

VCRA aims to represent the interests and concerns of people living in the streets around Vartry Road. VCRA has organised events, particularly in Paignton Park and supported the demand from residents for parking controls. We have picked litter, built bird boxes, offered free windows boxes with bee-friendly bulbs and seeds, gardened for neighbours and outdoor spaces, organised the Big Lunch in Paignton Park, got funding for fencing a gap between Paignton Park and Richmond Road back gardens, supported Winter Night Shelter at Woodberry Down Church, celebrated Christmas with a Fair at the Triangle Centre. Our partners have included TCV (The Conservation Volunteers, The Bridge Renewal Trust, London Wildlife Trust, Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, London Fire Brigade, Haringey Council, Sainsbury’s Stamford Hill, Dr Bike, the Big Lunch. We have held events in Manchester Gardens, Woodberry Down Church, Triangle Centre, Paignton Park and in Vartry Road itself, closed off for a party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. VCRA has been largely inactive during the pandemic, when it was not practical to hold public meetings, so now it needs to be revived.

The VCRA committee is open to all local residents, with provision for a few non-residents with links to our area.

We also have a great, lively, supportive, friendly WhatsApp group, originally set up during the pandemic for mutual aid.

About Us