Festive fun lights up Woodberry Down

Hundreds of residents living on one of Hackney’s biggest housing estates came together for a packed programme of children’s carol singing, festive food and a local market at a Council Christmas event yesterday.

The Woodberry Down Winterfest saw tenants and leaseholders join Deputy Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Kam Adams, to mark the switch-on of Christmas lights on the estate by listening to talented singers from Sir Thomas Abney Primary School.

The Redmond Community Centre played host to a winter market, with free wreath-making and decorations workshops, facepainting and stalls from local craft groups – as well as a Christmas feast.

Woodberry Down is one of Europe’s biggest regeneration schemes, with more than 5,500 new modern, high-quality homes being built by a partnership between the Council, Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association and the Woodberry Down Community Organisation.

When completed, the project will also create three new public parks, two schools and a children’s centre, as well as a new library and community centre. Dozens of local people have started new jobs or apprenticeships as part of the construction.

Wednesday’s event was organised with the help of the Manor House Development Trust, a charitable social enterprise championing community development as part of the regeneration.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
As well as building thousands of home directly ourselves, we’re also working in partnership with housing associations and others to enable thousands more genuinely affordable homes to be built in Hackney.

Our award-winning, resident-led regeneration of Woodberry Down is progressing quickly thanks to the commitment and patience of local people to help us bring huge benefits to the community – like the nearly 200 homes completed this year alone. 

With more people taking advantage of the stunning Woodberry Wetlands, new play facilities and other improvements on the estate, I look forward to an even better 2019.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

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