Play-time plans underway for Crouch Hill station’s platform

Residents met to help design the garden at Stroud Green Primary School where children and parents decided what they wanted from their garden. From this, Energy Garden designed a space with unique features such as a fort, terrarium and meditation area.

A play-time fort for children will be built the platform of Crouch Hill Rail Station next year, if plans for a community station-garden get final approval from Network Rail.

The project will transform part of the concrete platform into a green space, which would be designed and used by locals.

The project will be led by the London-based charity, Energy Garden, which is on a mission to turn the “urban corridors” of London’s rail tracks into “green breathing arteries.”

Energy Garden CEO, Agamemnon Otero, said: “The real thing that gave me impetus to do this is that there is no sense of community in London and a lot of the young people, kids, have nowhere to be.”

In September, residents met to help design the garden at Stroud Green Primary School where children and parents decided what they wanted from their garden. From this, Energy Garden designed a space with unique features such as a fort, terrarium and meditation area.

Energy Garden is about “empowering people and activating people”, said Otero. The charity helps where necessary with finance, marketing and design.

Michelle Jones, a local mother with two sons aged nine and five, said staff at Energy Garden “are full of energy and have shown my children that gardening isn’t just for retired people, it can be cool.”