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Rowley Green Common

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Rowley Green Common was formerly within the Manor of Shenleybury and remained as such until 1934 when Barnet UDC purchased it for public open space. The ponds were created through gravel and sand extraction in earlier times and the common was used for grazing up until the 1940s. It was used for military manoeuvres in WWII. The common today has areas of grass and woodland, mainly birch and oak, and it is particularly unusual in having a sphagnum bog, rare in south-east England and the only bog in Barnet.
   
Previous / Other name:
Site location: off Rowley Lane, Arkley
Postcode: EN5
Type of site: Public Open Land 
Date(s): 1934
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: LB Barnet (part) Remainder registered under the Land Registration Acts 1925 and 1936
Site management: Rowley Green Management Committee (Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust & London Wildlife Trust)
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events: Guided walks
Public transport: Tube: High Barnet (Northern). Rail: Elstree and Borehamwood. Bus: 84A, 107, 263.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2009
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Fuller information:

Rowley Green Common was formerly within the Manor of Shenleybury and remained as such until 1934 when Barnet Urban District Council purchased it for public open space and 'dedicated the land to the use of the public . . . forever'. The ponds here were created due to gravel and sand extraction in earlier times and the common was used for grazing up until the 1940s, and military manoeuvres in World War II. Until these activities ceased, when it became rather overgrown with trees and scrub, the common had remained fairly open heathland with heather and gorse, with a number of mature oak trees and old hedgerows. The common today has areas of grassland and woodland, mainly consisting of birch and oak, and it is particularly unusual in having a sphagnum bog, rare in south-east England. In 1991 it was the first site in the borough to be declared a Local Nature Reserve.

Sources consulted:

Jan Hewlett, Ian Yarham, David Curson, 'Nature Conservation in Barnet' (London Ecology Unit, 1997).
Grid ref: TQ217961
Size in hectares: 9.3 (registered common 8.8)
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Yes: Common (CL123)
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: Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Local Park, Heritage Land, Local Nature Reserve. SSSI: Rowley Green
   

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