Fairland Park – the WWII connection



V-1 Flying Bomb – images taken at Muckleburgh Military Collection, North Norfolk

The V-1 Flying Bomb,  with the characteristic buzzing sound which gave rise to the colloquial names “buzz bomb” or “doodlebug” was unleashed by the Nazis on London from the French coast June 1944, one week after D-Day.

One month later (10th July, just after 3pm) a V-1 bomb ran out of fuel over Harringay and fell to earth rapidly.  It landed among housing located between Falkland & Fairfax Rds (N8). The destruction was significant with up to 30 houses destroyed. The Hornsey Historical Society have recently produced a book called Home Fires which documents where all V1 and V2 bombs fell within Hornsey.

Once the war was over it was decided to install prefabricated housing on the site, nineteen in total. For example;

By 1978 Haringey Council decided the prefabs were no longer needed. After consultation with local residents it was decided to create a green space. Today this is known as Fairland Park.

Meadows in the city

RSPB, in partnership with the LPGSF, have organised Meadows in the City, a special conference bringing together experts and practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience on the creation of wildlife and people-friendly meadows in urban parks and green spaces.

The conference, which is funded by the RSPB, is free to attend.

It will be held on;

Monday 5 November

11am to 4.30pm

at City Hall, London.

To book a place, please email eleanor.reast@rspb.org.uk by 15 October.

Fairland Park AGM

The Fairland Park AGM will be at The Garden Ladder, 501 Green Lanes

Thursday 4th October, 8pm


  • elect committee
  • accounts
  • future events
  • council talk re park mgmt plan
  • website
  • aob

Hope to see you there.

Friends of Fairland Park

Fields in Trust – new portal offers resources for open spaces

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust the new operating name for the National Playing Fields Association, offers a one stop shop for resources to help with the success and sustainability of our outdoor spaces.

Their Toolkit provides PDF downloads, signposting to other useful websites and Case Studies to highlight how other groups have used this information – or you can view their frequently asked questions to help you on your way.

Areas covered include;

  • funding
  • organisational & policy
  • planning process
  • volunteering
  • technical

Open air cinema returns to Fairland Park!

Fairland Park Summer Party


Community gardening at the Park

The first Sunday of each month we aim to get together to tidy up the park and do a little gardening. Today was very enjoyable and a good turn out from local park users. It starts at 10am. Pop along and join us next month. Thanks to Liz for the photos & Alison for organising.

Friends group committee

Fairland Park has had a friends group for a number of years. We worked with the council on the parks recent redevelopment plans, fund raising and implementation.

As part of the fund raising (including for events) we are required to have a committee. Members are elected each year at our annual AGM, which happened again recently. To update they are;

Committee elected

Chair: Matt Burge

Secretary: Steve Burdekin

Treasurer: Deborah Peacock

Events: Adam Coffman

Gardening: Alison Park

Fairland Park gardening


Now that the park has established itself since redevelopment a year ago a number of people thought it a good idea to get together more regularly to do a little gardening & general tidying up. Please join us for our first get together on;

Sunday Nov 6th, 10am – 12noon

Bring along gardening tools, tea & cake 🙂

Friends AGM

Friends of Fairland Park Annual General Meeting

Thursday 6th October

  • Elect committee
  • Plan for events
  • Funds
  • Council changes

Venue: Garden Ladder, Green Lanes

Time: 8:30pm

All welcome