Palmers Green Action Team: Who We Are and What We Do…
27th September 2021
27th September 2021
We formed our volunteer group in 2018, strangers united by a common desire to improve Palmers Green high street and make it a better place to shop, work and socialise. We all see the area's potential; great schools, parks, architecture and an incredible community.
Currently a committee of six and a volunteer group of over fifty people, in a few short years we have been busy! Starting with a Christmas window competition in December 2018, we worked with the Costas and the Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA) to encourage businesses to festively dress their windows. Following this, we were awarded a grant and held our first Spring Clean. Over 100 locals joined us to weed flower beds, litter pick and scrape off stickers and we began installing potted trees outside local businesses. We've also transformed and continue to maintain various flowers beds in the area.
In late 2019 we held our first Vintage Flea with local trader Cara McDonagh, in the former Iceland unit; filling it with stalls, entertainment, food and drink. Over 4,000 local people attended and the event was a huge success.
During 2020/2021 we have focused on applying for more grants and earlier this year were thrilled to be awarded a grant from the Mayor of London’s Make London fund, as a result we will soon have several mature trees in large pots along the high street.
Palmers Green is full of creatives and we’re constantly seeking opportunities to showcase this. We were delighted to partner with Great Northern Rail to commission three art installations for the station; mosaics from local artist Alex McHallam, a bespoke planted sign and a mural from renowned artist ATM. We also commissioned a mural painted by local business Ginger and Green and there are more art projects in the pipeline.
A cornerstone of our work is bringing successful businesses to our high street; so far we have brought Stitch! and Holtwhites Bakery and Deli to PG and we have two new exciting tenants on Green Lanes which we hope to announce soon! We have also used our reach on social media to help existing businesses, we did this for My Time Cafe who wanted to pivot their business to a delicatessen selling organic and artisan products.
You can ﬁnd out more on Instagram and Facebook @palmersgreenactionteam or visit, www.palmersgreenactionteam.org