Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Branch Line Walk


 A Branch Line Walk

Sunday 5th March 2017. 
Meet outside East Finchley tube station at 11-45am. RSVP
Lunches & afternoon tea need to be pre-ordered from:

Lunches and afternoon tea must be pre-ordered:

Alexandra Palace Garden Centre PRE-ORDER LUNCH MENU

1 Homemade Leek & Potato Soup Served with croutons and French stick bread. £4.50
2 Omelette Choice of two fillings: cheese, ham, mushroom, or tomato. Served with salad. £5.95
3 Ham or Cheese Ploughman’s. Served with pickles and salad £5.50
4 Chicken, Bacon, & Salad Sandwich £4.95
5 Tuna Mayonaise Sandwich Sandwiches served with crisps and side salad £4.95

Priory Park CafĂ© - PRE-ORDER TEA MENU 

1 Lemon Polenta Cake £2.20
2 Banana Cake £2.00
3 Pain aux Raisin £1.70
4 Tea £1.00
5 Speciality Tea £1.40 
6 Coffee £1.60

Don't forget to bring a bus pass or Oyster card and a bottle of water! The cost of this walk is £3-50 per person.

For more details: 020 8346 5503 or email:

Monday, 23 January 2017

Greenacre Walks - First walk of 2017



Save the date
Sunday 5th Mar 2017 

A circular walk   

Lunches - tbc

We will meet at East Finchley at 11.30am. 
Details of the walk will be announced very soon. There will be a lunch stop and afternoon tea with cakes of course as we'll be walking those calories off during the afternoon.

Bring a bus pass or Oyster card just in case we get a bus home. The cost of this walk is £3-50 per person.

For more details: 020 8346 5503 or email:

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Greenacre Walks - Woodland Walk



Sunday 6th Nov 2016 
meet at East Finchley 11-30am

A circular walk .  
 Don't be late!

Pre-ordered lunches have finished - if you want to join us for the walk, you will need to bring a packed lunch.

We start at East Finchley tube station and walk through Cherry Tree Woods, a quick look at the disused railway line and bridge by Highgate Wood, through Highgate Wood, then on to Queen's Wood where we stop for lunch. The food is very tasty, freshly prepared and some of the ingredients will have come from the organic vegetable garden round the back.

After lunch we set off through a lesser known part of Queen's Wood to an even lesser known woodland trail and nature reserve that runs to Shepherd's Cot, a 56 acre green oasis in the heart of Crouch End that is primarily used for sports. From there to the Meadow Orchard Project, Priory Park for tea, then to the lower slopes of Ally Pally, Grove Park, a tunnel under Muswell Hill and along Parkland Walk which is the old disused railway line that has reverted back to nature.We walk along the top of a viaduct that has spectacular views across London to the south east. And we do all this in 4 miles!

Mike has already been out on several recces and this really is a lovely walk at this time of year - a carpet of leaves to walk on, and stunning views along the way. The food at Queens Wood is excellent, freshly prepared with some of the produce grown on site. Bring a bus pass or Oyster card just in case we get a bus home. The cost of this walk is £3-50 per person.

Distance to lunch stop - 1 mile.   Total distance to Finish - 4 miles.

For more details: 020 8346 5503 or email:

Monday, 19 September 2016

Greenacre Walks - Forgotten Footpaths



Sunday 9th Oct 2016 
at 11-30am

A circular walk along the footpaths of Totteridge and Mill Hill. 

Meet outside Totteridge and Whetstone tube station
 11-30am - catching a bus at 11.40am so don't be late!

Lunch has been organised at Belmont Farm - a platter as well as drinks, pastries and tea/coffee for £6.50. If you want lunch you must let Mike know by Thursday 6th October.

There is a network of forgotten footpaths through Totteridge and Mill Hill. We will catch the 251 bus from the station to Totteridge Common where we will start our autumn walk. Our first path takes us south over Folly Brook to the Ridgeway where we will see St Paul’s Church and Sheepwash Pond before our lunch stop at The Waffle House, Belmont Farm. After lunch we will have a look at The Mill Field before setting off to find the source of Folly Brook and on to another footpath that leads us to Totteridge Fields. From there we head for Dollis Brook along another little known footpath and then a further path that leads us back to Horseshoe Lane for the finish where we will catch the bus back to Totteridge and Whetstone tube station. This is a lovely autumn walk with hobgoblins’ tree lined paths, open farmland and animals. The pace will be leisurely and there are drop out points along the way. A bus pass or Oyster card is essential for this one and we recommend that you bring a bottle of water with you. The cost of this walk is £3-50 per person.

Distance to lunch stop - 1 mile.   Total distance to Finish - 3.5 miles.

For more details: 020 8346 5503 or email:

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Stop Press: Application to demolish The Lodge, Victoria Park - Refused

Stop Press - the application for demolition of The Lodge in Victoria Park, has been refused by Barnet Council. Cllr. Ross Houston will be asking questions at this evening's (1st Sep) Policy and Resources Committee from 7.00pm at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ - all welcome!!

Development Management & Building Control Service
Barnet House
1255 High Road
N20 0EJ

contact: Nicholas Linford
tel: 020 8359 3000
date: 1 September 2016
our ref: 16/4524/FUL

Dear Sir/Madam,

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

SITE: The Lodge, Long Lane, London, N3 2PY,
PROPOSAL: Demolition of existing building and erection of a three storey building with basement level to provide 8no. self-contained units with associated underground parking, bike,  refuse and recycling storage and amenity space, , ,

Further to your letter about the above application. After careful consideration of all of the issues, including your comments on the proposal, the following decision was made: “Refuse”

You can view the decision notice and the planning report supporting the decision online at

If any further applications are received for this site we will let you know. This decision does not preclude further applications being submitted for the site.

Thank you for the trouble you have taken in providing us with comments and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries in relation to this decision.

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Linford
Principal Planning Officer
South Area Planning Team

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Lodge, Victoria Park, Finchley


Stop Press - application for demolition of the lodge has been refused by Barnet Council. Cllr. Ross Houston will be asking questions at this evening's (1st Sep) Policy and Resources Committee from 7.00pm at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ - all welcome!!

Victoria Park, Finchley was created by public subscription for the benefit of the people of Finchley and for generations to come. It was opened in 1902 by HRH Princess Christian, daughter of Queen Victoria and the building now known as 'The Lodge' was built as a park-keeper's cottage.

In November 2014, Barnet Councillors, acting in their dual role as trustees, voted 32 to 31 to sell 'The Lodge', as it was claimed that it could only be used as a residence for a park keeper and would require £100,000 to bring it to 'decent homes standard'.

They have since sold it for £623,000 and the new owner has applied for planning permission to demolish this historic building, and erect a block of eight flats.

This site is within the footprint of Victoria Park, and represents a dangerous precedent for the further development of all our local parks and open spaces.

What can YOU do?

· Object to the planning application by 23rd August 2016 View the planning application online >>HERE<< 

· Or email:

· Circulate this information to family and friends and encourage them to object too

Follow Victoria Park on Twitter: @victoriaparkfi1 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Brookdene Nature Reserve



closing date Wed 3rd August

After the council refused planning permission for the Brookdene Nature Reserve Application 23rd May 2016, the developer then appealed to the Secretary of State.

It is now up to the Planning Inspectorate. 

 Click here >>> MAKE AN OBJECTION <<<

Or email:
  • Planning Inspectorate appeal reference number: 
  • APP/N5090/W/16/3149782;

What matters can be taken into account: 
Planning applications can only be decided on those matters relevant to planning (material considerations). The most common of these include: 

1. Effect on traffic, access and parking 

2. Scale, appearance and impact on surrounding area and adjoining neighbours 

3. Loss of light 

4. Overlooking and loss of privacy 

5. Effect on nature conservation and loss of trees 

6. Effect on a Conservation Area including wildlife 

7. Effect on a Listed Building 

8. Noise and disturbance resulting from a use 

9. Whether the use would be appropriate for the area