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 the rest of 2021 we are focusing on replanting the Orchard and creating a peaceful area for wildlife with informal seating. For more about our plans click here.
Friends of Finchley Way Open Space
Registered Charity No. 1192844
We have launched our crowdfunding project on Barnet Spacehive.
We need as many pledges as possible by 1st June to be in with a chance of getting some extra money from Barnet Council. We also need to raise all the money we are aiming for or we will not receive any money at all.
We are aiming to buy four mature trees to begin to shape the Orchard area. Our aim is to increase the biodiversity, so we are planning for fruit and nut trees. To ensure that they flourish, we also need to buy a water pump.