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Last week Broomfield Park announced that it had been nominated for the UK’s Best Park competition and encouraged Palmers Green residents to vote for it. However, there is another green space in the vicinity of Palmers Green that you should also continue supporting in this competition: Woodcroft Wildspace, the lovely nature reserve which lies between Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill.

Tucked away behind the houses of Broadwalk and Woodland Way, this volunteer-run nature reserve is less well known and less frequented than Broomfield Park. But in some ways that’s the whole point of Woodcroft Wildspace: it is a quiet and enchanting oasis managed to support a diversity of different wildlife. There are ponds, a wildflower meadow, a woodland area and much, much more. The nature reserve also plays an important role in the community, hosting nature education classes for local primary school children and and a variety of nature activities for community groups such as the cubs and brownies.

So please consider voting for Woodcroft Wildspace in the UK’s Best Park competition. Get your vote in before noon on Monday 19th August.

Also, if you haven’t visited Woodcroft Wildspace before, come along to our Summer Family Picnic, which is happening on Saturday 17 August (12 noon to 4pm). There will be lots of opportunity for both adults and children to experience nature including:, den building, loom weaving with long grasses and orienteering. And you can talk to our volunteers to find out more about how we run the reserve and the activities we host.

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You’re also welcome to drop by any time and experience the nature and tranquillity on offer at Woodcroft Wildspace. The entrance to the nature reserve is in Downes Court, N21 3PT, and it’s open every day from 9am to 5.30pm.

fields in trust logo new 1Nominated parks in North London

Broomfield Park
Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, Greater London

With two lakes, a boating pond, playground, tennis & netball courts, sports field and a community-run cafe, orchard, and greenhouse this park has something for everyone. The tireless volunteers who programme outdoor cinema, live music and summer festivals make Broomfield the heart of the community.

Bury Lodge Gardens
Bury Street West, Edmonton, Greater London

This small but perfectly formed park is a hidden gem in a busy borough. It has incredible flower beds which are maintained by a volunteer group, a walled garden, an ornamental lily pond, a great playground, and a small playing field. Everything you could want in one beautiful place.

Clissold Park
Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, Greater London

Serene, beautiful, full of waterfowl, deer and goats, and people of all ages, races and backgrounds. Great community feel.

Coldfall Woods
Everington Road, Muswell Hill, Greater London

Coldfall Woods is an ancient woodland which brings nature and a spring to the step! Majestic oak trees, wide bark paths, streams, ridges and open vistas onto fields means it is a favourite for children and adults. We love Muswell Hill Fields Coldfall Woods - a lifeline for Londoners!

Finsbury Gardens
Nightingale Road, Bowes Park, Greater London

Finsbury Gardens is an urban Village Green for the Bowes Park community. A place for coming together at summer festivals, and winter carol singing or for a moment's solitary reflection in a delightful green spot. This special place is cared-for by committed local volunteers. A hidden gem!

Hampstead Hill Garden
Inverforth Close, London, Greater London

The Hill Garden dates back to 1904 and the relics of the past are still to be seen with a beautiful pergola and terrace. A tranquil and calming place to wander and reflect.

Jubilee Park
Jubilee Crescent, Edmonton, Greater London

It's our park's 80th anniversary this year and we held a wonderful event - Jubilation - on the 9th June which everyone enjoyed

Stephens House and Gardens
East End Road, Finchley, Greater London

This open space is managed by an independent charity, The Avenue House Estate Trust, it receives no regular external funding. The gardens are open to the public, free of charge, 365 days a year. Facilities for fitness, a large children's play area and unique history that is well interpreted.

Trent Park
Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, Greater London

Beautiful, peaceful, historical site, part of the green belt, home for many species of wildlife, a saving grace for people who want to unwind in nature after a long working week.

Waterlow Park
Highgate Hill, Camden, Greater London

Grounds & garden of an ancient mansion. 11 hectares eco friendly planting with wildflowers & native plants, lawns and a great independently run cafe. Tranquil park with many mature trees and shrubs, tennis, lake, eco friendly kids playground, sculptures, tennis, aviary, wildlife, etc.

Woodcroft Wildspace
Downes Court, Enfield, Greater London

Educational wild space for the benefit of the whole of Enfield. All our visitors exclaim that it is "A fantastic space"; "A hidden gem"; "So lovely to find such peace and quiet in North London"; "All you can hear is the birds singing"; "It says welcome". Entirely volunteer-run and funded.


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