Happy New Year!

It’s been great to be part of a group that’s made a difference to the Hope Space in Finsbury Park.

We’ve enjoyed meeting you every month – sharing activities, playing with the children, chatting and most importantly re-claiming the Hope Space as a safe and clean part of Finsbury Park for children and their families to play and picnic in. It’s been over a year since we first met with the support of the Park Team and Haringey Council. Through them we were able to borrow equipment and fund simple craft activities and some of refreshments over the last year. One of the main achievements we’re particularly proud of is that we managed to plant just over 3000 bulbs in the Hope Space in 2016 & 2017. We loved getting the children from Stroud Green School to help with planting during the week in December and hope they enjoyed the activities as much as we did.

Sadly, due to other commitments we’re not able to continue meeting on a monthly basis, but we hope that we might be able to organise one or two more sessions in the future and continue our annual bulb planting.

We would like to thank all of you for joining us and sharing the work, as well as the wonderful cakes & bakes that people donated. We will be donating all the left over craft materials to Stroud Green School as agreed in our original community group funding bid to Haringey Council.

You may be interested to know that the Hope Space (which was always a dog free area) has had a sign put up to say that dogs are allowed in when not in use! There is a sign on one gate that says it’s a dog free picnic area, (the old style signs) but the new red sign has now changed the way the space can be used by dog owners. We hope that this won’t lead to increased dog fouling in the picnic space. If you feel that we should have a dog free picnic space, please contact the Haringey Council and/or local Councillor and express your concerns.

With many thanks to you all for you support.

Best wishes

Louise McCullagh and Juliette Darby