London Borough of Barnet

Dollis Valley Greenwalk

Before and after photos

Dollis Valley Greenwalk was voted for by the public to receive one of the ten grants of up to £400,000 from the Mayor of London's Help a London Park scheme.

Help a London Park was established to invest £6million in improving the quality and safety of London's parks.

The Project is now complete although further maintenance works may take place in future as necessary.

Play areas:

Two play areas in the open space along the walk were improved with new equipment and surfacing. The equipment was chosen after consultation with local school children and residents.

See an overview of the stage 2 consultation results.

Windsor Open Space

Enhancement of existing play area with new equipment including a new multi unit.

Riverside Walk

A  new play area, with exciting equipment including a zip wire.

Vegetation improvement works

Decoy Pond, Brent Park

This work included:

  • vegetation thinning
  • re-profiling of the banks to create new habitat and improve access
  • new planting including aquatic species to improve biodiversity
  • installation of a new pump to help improve water quality.

Vegetation works were also carried out throughout the length of the walk, to improve visibility/light to the brook, promote biodiversity and to improve safety.


New signage has been installed along the whole route of the walk from Moat Mount to Hampstead Heath,  indicating public transport and footpath links where appropriate.

Entrance improvement works

Several entrances along the walk have been improved with new surfacing, signs and posts. Seven new map/information boards now provide a strategic link along the route allowing users to enjoy the full length of the walk.

Footpath works

Over 3 kilometres of footpath were resurfaced to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project overview
Taking into account feedback from residents, stakeholder groups, key partners and council officers, the three objectives identified to make Dollis Valley Greenwalk cleaner, safer and greener are:

  1. Improving Access - including signage, footpath work and entrances.
  2. Improving/establishing biodiversity and natural habitat - creating wild flower meadows, grassland management and river enhancement works.
  3. Improving/providing facilities and infrastructure - including litter bins, play and fitness equipment.

As well as the £400,000 secured through the Mayor of London's Help a London Park scheme for Dollis Valley Greenwalk, an additional £250,000 has been secured from TfL for cycle and footpath improvements, and £30,000 from Walk London to improve signage.

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About Dollis Valley Greenwalk
The Dollis Valley Greenwalk incorporating Brent Park, Hendon NW4, Windsor Open Space East Finchley, N3, Riverside Walk / Gardens, North Finchley, N12 and Brook Farm/Wyatts Farm, Whetstone, N20 provides access routes to schools, shops and public transport.

The walk provides an important green corridor for wildlife and recreational use through the heart of Barnet, and serves residents from a number of wards within the borough. Various sections are regularly used by instructor-led health walkers, seasonal football, dog walkers and runners. The play areas in Riverside walk and Windsor Open Space are also well used by local residents.

Parks Team

North London Business Park (NLBP),
Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 4600