Gardening and Churchyard Maintenance 2017

image123 Gardening has been a regular activity since 1990 and in conjunction with Haringey Council many improvement have been made to the Churchyard over the years. For 2017 the number of Gardening Mornings has been doubled, with regular mid-month Thursday sessions being added to those on the first Saturday of each month. This is in recognition of the importance of keeping the Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance in as good a condition as possible. The work put in by the FoHCT and volunteers has made an enormous difference to the appearance of these areas, particularly the Garden of Remembrance. This work must continue if they are not to revert to a poor state that discourages visitors. The picture below shows the Garden of Remembrance in July:

image143 FoHCT liaise with the Council Parks Department to plan the grass mowing regime which is going well in 2017. FOHCT have also worked with our three local Ward Councillors to get Veolia (Haringey’s street cleaning contractor) to improve litter clearing and bin emptying in the Churchyard. We are pleased to note that, currently, rubbish clearance is much improved, with bins being regularly emptied and the number of sacks collected by the volunteers on Gardening Mornings significantly reduced allowing more gardening time. Sadly when storm ‘Doris’ blew through in February the little Cockspur Thorn tree (Crataegus Prunifolia) in the Garden of Remembrance lost one of its branches. Photograph below:

image163 This same tree then lost a second branch a month later in March where upon the council inspected the tree and declared it a hazard. Shortly afterwards the Parks Service removed the last remaining branch and the majority of the trunk, just leaving a 1½ metre stump as in the picture below:

image164 Disappointingly the Churchyard occasionally suffers from mindless vandalism, usually in the form of graffiti on the crypt door. However on or around the 13th July the large chest tomb commemorating the Mitchell Family to the south of the Tower was defaced with a vandal’s spray-painted signature or ‘tag’. This provoked a strongly supportive reaction from many in the community, local religious groups and our local politicians. The police were informed and an article appeared in the Ham and High newspaper on the 15th July to draw attention to unacceptability of this type of behaviour and hopefully identify the culprit and deter any repetition. Our thanks go to Councillor Adam Jogee who liaised with the council cleansing service and arranged for the prompt removal of the graffiti. The picture below shows the tomb after cleaning:

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