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Parks and Open Spaces in Enfield: 2012

Parks and Open Spaces in Enfield: 2012
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  • Enfield has 2042 hectares of publicly accessible open space. This is all land and water both publicly and privately owned in a predominantly undeveloped state that offers public enjoyment through varying degrees of physical or visual access.
  • Approximately one third (705 hectares) of this space is made up by public parks. There are 69 public parks in the Borough in total. The rest of the publicly accessible open space in Enfield (1300 hectares) is made up of a combination of sites, which include: allotments; playing fields; urban green spaces; and amenity green spaces.
  • Enfield’s parks attract over 13 million visits in total every year.
  • There are a total of 121 playing fields in the Borough, covering 33% of the total open space in Enfield.
  • there are 42 public allotment sites provide 2800 allotment plots for residents, covering a total of 78 hectares of land.
  • There are 40 hectares of amenity green space – these provide opportunities for informal activities close to residential areas. These areas also improve the visual appearance of residential, or other, areas.
  • There are currently 1399.4 hectares of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). These are local sites which are of substantive nature conservation value. Sites can vary in size from a small pond or woodland to an open expanse of grassland or heathland. This is equivalent to 17% of the total area of the Borough.
  • There are 6 ‘Sites of Metropolitan Importance’, covering a total of 925 hectares. These are the best examples of wildlife habitats in London and often contain rare plants and animals. They are selected as the most important sites for biodiversity by the Mayor of London and his officers at the Greater London Authority.
  • There are 12 ‘Sites of Borough Importance’, covering a total of 386 hectares. These sites are important wildlife habitats for the borough.
  • There are 7 ‘Sites of Local Importance’, covering a total of 88 hectares. These sites ensure that residents have easy access to nature close to home.

Achieving the Council’s vision of making Enfield a better place to live and work is intrinsically linked to improving the environment. None of the Council’s major aims (Fairness for All, Growth and Sustainability, Strong Communities) could be achieved without maintaining a focused effort on the environment.

One of the key strategies which will help the Council achieve its objectives is the Enfield 20:20 sustainability project, which looks at hundreds of ways of doing things differently, improving the environment, saving money and improving the quality of life for residents. This project is looking at all aspects of the council’s work while encouraging residents, businesses and partners to consider how they can make a valuable contribution to a more sustainable community and way of life.

Further information on this topic is available from:

Enfield Council: Regeneration

Enfield Play Partnership, Play Strategy & Action Plan 2012 – 2015

London Borough of Enfield, Parks and Open Spaces Strategy: 2010 – 2020

Nature For People: A Biodiversity Action plan for Enfield

State of the Environment for Enfield: 2012

This page was last updated on 02-Dec-2014.