The Open Space


Friends of Finchley Way Open Space became a registered charity in December 2020. The charity works with Barnet Council to maintain and enhance this local green space, much of which has been neglected for many years. For more about the charity click here.

From a number of small fields and waste land in the late Middle Ages, by the early 20th century the site had developed into a 26 acre estate with a grand house (Brent Lodge) and ornate gardens. In the 1910s it was the site of a communal living experiment, Brent Garden Village, but in the first quarter of the 20th century much of the land was sold for housing. In 1939 the house and its gardens were bequeathed to the people of Finchley by Augustus Cooper. His Will stipulated that the site should be ‘retained always as an open space for the use and enjoyment always of the public’. For more about the history of the site click here.


There are three distinct areas to this ‘U’ shaped site, an open Green Field for play and picnics, a wooded Copse and an old Orchard. The Orchard had become very overgrown but we have now cleared some of it for replanting. For more about our vision for the site and the objects of the charity click here.


For 2022 we are focusing on replanting the Orchard. For more about our plans click here.

Suzanne King, 


Friends of Finchley Way Open Space

London N3 1AH

Registered Charity No. 1192844

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News Flash - January 2022

Happy New Year from all the Trustees!

Gift Aid Awareness Day

It was Gift Aid Awareness Day on 7th October. Did you know that Gift Aid is a tax break that increases the value of your donations by 25p for every £1 you donate?


This extra money comes from the government so there’s no additional cost to you or us so if you have donated to us recently via Spacehive or any other way please help us collect this extra funding by filling in our Gift Aid Declaration Form


All you need to do is to tick the Gift Aid box on a paper donation form.  It will then apply to any donations you make in the future or have made in the past four years. 

Gift Aid explained

Money that an individual donates to charity is exempt from tax, so we can claim back the tax the donor has already paid on it. There are some rules though.

  • The donation must be made by you from your own personal money. It can’t be money you’ve collected from other people, for example at a fundraising event.

  • You must have paid enough income tax or capital gains tax in the year of donation to cover the amount we claim back from the government.

  • You need to give your home address when you sign up.


​If you would like to volunteer with us we will only be meeting about once a month during winter. The dates are: 30th January 2022 and 27th February 2022. 10.30-12.30pm. Spring dates will be announced nearer the time.