Why we are here

Stoke Newington Common User Group (SNUG)

SNUG is an independent group of people who live near Stoke Newington Common. SNUG aims to: 

  • Protect and enhance the environment of the Common by planting and looking after trees, hedging and other plants and wildlife, as well as preventing erosion and damage.
  • Promote local interest in, and appreciation of, the Common as a valuable green space in our densely-built neighbourhood. 
  • Help local people enjoy it both as a green space and a place of recreation. 
  • Enhance the use and enjoyment of the Common by all the diverse communities in this area and help foster a sense of pride and ownership of the Common. 
We work closely with other agencies to improve the Common, including Hackney Council, the Tree Musketeers and local schools and community groups. Before our input the Common had been sorely neglected and was grossly underused.

Over recent years we have:

  • Planted numerous new trees and hedging on the Common and tended these, with help from Tree Musketeers and local volunteers. 
  • Organised volunteer days to plant thousands of spring bulbs on the Common with the help of local residents, children from local schools and Hackney Council. 
  • Worked to beautify other neglected patches locally including outside Rectory Road and Stoke Newington train stations, the corner of Filey Avenue outside Jubilee Primary School and Sanford Terrace. 
  • Organised many events on the Common each year including:
    • Fun days, featuring live music, stalls, food, the Albion kids show pirate ship, art and craft activities, face and henna painting, circus skills, Universal Games, history and more. 
    • Plant sales 
    • Free bike repairs
    • Open-air cinema evenings
    • Mid winter sing-along and gathering

By developing the playground on the Common in 2006, SNUG aimed to give the many  children who live near the Common a place to play, as previously the nearest playgrounds were in Clissold Park or Springfield Park, both nearly two kilometres away. 

The playground has proved extremely popular with local families. 

Improving road safety

SNUG campaigned along with other groups for pedestrian crossings to connect the Common with surrounding streets, north and south and to improve access.

IIn 2010 a speed limit of 20mph was placed on most of Northwold Road following lobbying by SNUG, Northwold Area Action Group and local residents. 


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