River path gains new lease of life

An overgrown patch of land on Green Lanes has been transformed into an accessible and elegant parcel of green space by Enfield Council, in partnership with Thames Water.

The small space sits between the New River and Green Lanes at Carpenter Gardens/Barrowell Green and is accessible for those walking and cycling.

A path has been laid to meander alongside the New River and a row of pin oaks provides screening for surrounding properties but also allows for better visibility from Green Lanes. Previously, it was all overgrown, blighted by litter and rather nondescript.

Closer to the ground many hardy, colourful flowers have been planted to create year-round interest and to contribute to the site’s biodiversity and etched patterns on boulders link to the wildlife on the waterside. High-quality, robust seats and cycle stands have been installed to encourage people to stop and lock bikes safely before walking onward to enjoy the space.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Guney Dogan, said: “Although this is a relatively small patch of land, it has had a remarkable transformation that makes an immediate impact when looking at it from Green Lanes. Not only is it attractive and welcoming, it is much safer for those using it. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Enfield Council’s Highways Team and partners at Thames Water for their help with this project.”

Since 1992, Thames Water has worked with local people and partners to create a 28 mile long-distance footpath that follows the course of the New River. This particular stretch of the New River (actually a water-supply aqueduct dating from the 17th century) forms part of a 5.5 mile waterside course from Enfield to Alexandra Palace. You can read about the New River and Enfield’s 900 hectares of green space, here.

Additional access improvements to the entrance at Barrowell Green are currently being considered. - Ends

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