18 Oct 2015
For the last couple of weeks, we have been monitoring another of Enfield Council’s wetlands projects; this time at the recently-vacated council depot at Bury Street West, Edmonton.
The project is the latest in a series of Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes (SUDS), aimed at improving water quality and reducing flood risks in Enfield’s water courses – we recently monitored just such a project in nearby Pymmes Park, which uncovered a row of substantial second-world-war air raid shelters (summarised in last month’s newsletter).
This wetlands scheme is focused on the southern half of the depot site; a long-abandoned tree nursery bounded on the north side by Salmon’s Brook and on the east by the Great Cambridge Road (A10).
As elsewhere, the scheme will consist of a series of ‘lagoons’, through which storm water will flow; selected plantlife will reduce pollutants and improve oxygenation for wildlife. The surrounding ground will also be redeveloped to provide various wildlife habitats and will ultimately be linked to Bury Lodge Gardens.
19 Jun 2014
An unusual and intriguing mystery has arisen in the cemetery of All Saint’s Church, Edmonton, which the EAS has been asked to help with.
Following the spell of very wet weather early in the year, a small patch of ground in the churchyard subsided revealing brickwork and a void leading to what appeared to be part of a brick lined chamber.
The subsided ground is free from grave markers of any kind and so after making the site safe, Enfield Council and the Church asked the EAS to advise on identifying the date and function of the structure, and in early June a site visit by EAS members confirmed it unsurprisingly to be a burial vault.