We are very fortunate in having a lot of green space in the environs of N21, including two parks with Green Flag status, Grovelands and Oakwood.
Both of these parks have a rich history and are very important to our local community, not just as somewhere picturesque to walk the dog and exercise the kids. They offer a wide range of leisure pursuits, have well run cafes and are a meeting place for many different exercise and environmental groups (as well as dog walkers).
Here is a summary of what both parks have to offer, more information can be found on the Enfield Council website.
Grovelands Park covers 91 acres, with native broadleaf woodland, lake, streams and extensive rough pasture and grassland, linking Winchmore Hill with Southgate.The Park and the adjacent Priory Hospital and its grounds have been designated as sites of Borough Importance Grade II for Nature Conservation and thus is protected from further development.
The trees surrounding the lake are remnants of the old estate and are designated as veteran trees, some of them dating back at least to the Repton period and a number even older. The seven acre lake is fed by two streams and is well stocked with fish. There are two small islands in the lake, a nesting area for several species of waterfowl.
The earliest known owner of the Grovelands Estate was Mr. Walker Gray of the Taylor Walker brewing family. The house, which is now Grovelands Priory was designed by Nash in 1798, while the grounds were laid out at the same time, including the construction of the lake. The park was acquired by Southgate Urban District Council in 1911 and Grovelands became a public park in 1913.
Grovelands Park has a fenced children's playground, a natural play area located in the woods, an
excellent cafeteria, which has been run by Louise Scagnelli for over twenty years. Public toilets are located behind the cafe.
Grovelands Park has a pitch & putt course (run by Louise's brother), a bowling club, two football pitches, two tennis courts and one basketball court.
Play equipment has been installed in the woods, which is part of an award-winning
Enfield Playspaces scheme, which you can read about here on n21online and on the Play Spaces website www.playspeacesenfield.org.uk
The park is open every day of the year from 8:00am Monday to Saturday and 8:30am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Closing times vary according to the seasons.
Use this link to find out about the Friends of Grovelands Park here
Oakwood Park covers 64 acres, linking Winchmore Hill with Oakwood and Southgate. Originally part of Enfield Chase, for several centuries the land was primarily farmland owned by the De Bohen family, only becoming a public park in 1927.
Like Grovelands Park, it is designated as a site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation, with a large area of herb rich grassland and small pockets of woodland. Other important features include the avenue of Poplar trees, planted to mark the coronation of King George VI and an avenue of scarlet oak trees, planned by successive mayors over a period from 1945, a tradition which has now stopped.
The park also contains a number of historical features, including the Ice Well, the only surviving feature from the former estate.
The former yachting pond for model boats is now being gradually transformed into a wildlife area by the Friends of Oakwood Park. More formal features include a new fenced children's play area, a nine hole pitch & putt course, six tennis courses and a cafe, overlooking the children's play area.
The park is open every day of the year from 8:00am Monday to Saturday and 8:30am on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
For further information contact the Parks Outreach Team on 020 8379 1000.
Enfield Council has compiled a comprehensive guide to each of the parks on the website, as well as management plans for the parks, designed to safeguard their long term future.