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12 Mar 2010
Luca Modric kicks Tottenham Marsh back to
Clendish Woods (Tottenham Marsh) has been
brought back to life thanks to a partnership project launched with
the support of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club on Tuesday 9 March
Children from Sunrise Primary School, local
community groups and volunteers came together to celebrate this
newly developed urban landscape. Partly funded by the Forestry
Commission’s London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme, the unique
project is managed by environmental regeneration charity
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric
attended the launch, to the delight of some very excited school
children. “Tottenham Marshes provide the ideal spot for families to
get out and enjoy their local parks,” he said.
The woodland improvement is part of an ongoing
£2 million investment to improve the area. The regeneration of
Tottenham Marshes has, so far, taken five years and represents a
long standing commitment by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to
transform the area and encourage visitors to enjoy the area, play
sports, spot wildlife or simply relax alongside the canal. The
Authority has created an attractive countryside area running
parallel to the traffic blighted, industrialised area surrounding
The programme of improvements includes a 200m
long woodland path, tree planting and a five year woodland
management plan that Groundwork London is responsible for
“It’s wonderful to see children, families and
local community groups coming together, being active and enjoying
their environment. The Marshes are the only area of their kind in
Tottenham. We’re delighted that Luka Modric and Tottenham Hotspur
supported the event and were on hand to highlight the range of
leisure and recreational activities here,“ said LVRPA Project
Manager Janet Green.
Programmes Officer Kieron Hardie who
attended the launch, said: "Groundwork London is delighted to be
involved in this excellent project that is making a real difference
to the previously neglected area of natural green space so close to
the urban area of Tottenham. We are particularly pleased to see the
community so directly involved in the development and delivery of
the project in line with our vision to help people make decisions
about their local area ."
It is hoped the support of Tottenham
Hotspur will encourage young people and sports enthusiasts on
to the Marshes.