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Mill Hill Park

Mill Hill Park, Nature Reserve, September 2000. Photo: S Williams

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The land on which Mill Hill Park is sited was once part of Daws Farm, thought to refer to a Thomas Daws who lived in the area in the C14th. Over 37 acres of farmland were bought by Hendon UDC in 1923 and opened to the public the following year. The park is bisected by Watford Way, north-east of which is the main, more formally laid-out area of the park and where sports facilities are located. It is planted with numerous trees and has some ornamental rose beds; a Nature Reserve was created in 1993/4.
   
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Wise Lane/Daws Lane/Flower Lane/Watford Way
Postcode: NW7 2BD
Type of site: Public Park 
Date(s): 1923/4
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: LB Barnet
Site management: Leisure and Youth Services, Green Spaces Division/Friends of Mill Hill Park
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Bowling greens, café, basketball court, cricket pitches and pavilion, miniature golf, playground, football pitches, tennis courts, toilets, car park
Events: Community Music Festival (biennial), Summer Sports Festival
Public transport: Rail: Mill Hill Broadway then bus. Bus:113, 221, 186, 251
Mill Hill Park with St Joseph's College in the distance, September 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Mill Hill Park, September 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Mill Hill Park, Area west of Watford Bypass, September 2000. Photo: S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 09/05/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.barnet.gov.uk

Fuller information:

The land on which Mill Hill Park is sited was once part of Daws Farm, thought to refer to a Thomas Daws who lived in the area in the C14th. Over 37 acres of former farmland was bought by Hendon Urban District Council in 1923 and the park was opened to the public the following year. The main area of the park is to the north-east of Watford Way (Barnet By-pass), which straddles the park. Watford Way was built through Hendon in the 1920s around the time that development in central Hendon was accelerating after the railway arrived in 1923, Hendon Central Station opening that year. This area of the park has sports facilities and a more formal layout, including planted areas, flower beds and numerous trees. Near the Wise Lane entrance are shrubberies and neat beds with some roses, and a perimeter path runs around this part of the park. A Nature Reserve was created in 1993/94. The area to the west of Watford Way is an open undulating green space with a number of large oak trees in a line diagonally across it; a more recent fairly dense planting of trees is found along the north boundary and includes oak and conifers.

Sources consulted:

LB Barnet website
Grid ref: TQ219919
Size in hectares: 14.3
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Premier Park
   

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