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Historic North London parklands to be protected for decades to come

by | 07 May 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News | 0 comments

Seven historic parks across the London Borough of Enfield are set to be transformed by new parkland management plans.

Plans will explore how parklands can provide better outcomes for people and the natural and historic environment, while safeguarding Heritage at Risk assets.

Work has been undertaken by Stephenson Halliday with fellow RSK Group companies RSK Wilding and Headland Archaeology.

0664 Forty Hall Masterplan © Stephenson Halliday

The companies worked alongside Bosky Trees to put forward a programme to the council, outlining the protection and rejuvenation of the parks and buildings.

Plans look to strengthen park values through the provision of a natural health service for the community, as well as climate action and nature recovery networks.

Additional proposals include the restoration of historic views, landscape features and built structures, the introduction of safe spaces for users; creating improved accessibility and the maintenance and enhancement of habitats across the sites.

Part of a wider nature recovery scheme, of which Enfield is one of 22 pilot projects around the country, the plans outline how the sites can make the most of available funding to secure environmental and heritage assets.

Once the plans are finalised, Enfield council will have the opportunity to use them over the next 10 years and beyond to inform future restoration and management.

Stephenson Halliday principal landscape manager Sebastian West says: “Our assessments included formal tree avenues, protected species and the management of veteran and notable trees such as the Cedar of Lebanon at Forty Hall, one of the Great Trees of London believed to be planted by celebrated botanist Dr Robert Uvedale (1642–1722).”

He goes on to say the plans consider “potential environmental impacts and develop resilience measures,” – with particular management and protection given to veteran trees, some of which date back centuries.

The seven sites are Forty Hall Estate, Whitewebbs Park, Hilly Fields, Broomfield Park, Grovelands Park, Oakwood Park and Trent Park.

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