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Arrandene Open Space

Arrandene Open Space, Featherstone Hill, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams

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Arrandene Open Space was purchased by Hendon Council in 1929 in order to preserve it for public recreation at a time when the area was rapidly developing. It remains a rural landscape surrounded by suburban Mill Hill, with views from Featherstone Hill in the west and Mill Hill Ridge to the north-east. The hilly site consists of 12 fields divided by hedgerows, areas of woodland, a network of footpaths and a horse ride. In the early 1990s planting of exotic tree species began in various areas to form a new arboretum.
Arrandene Open Space, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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Arrandene Open Space, near Wise Lane entrance, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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Arrandene Open Space, Recent tree planting, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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Previous / Other name:
Site location: Wise Lane/Wills Grove/Milespit Hill, Mill Hill
Postcode: NW7 2RS > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): 1929
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: LB Barnet
Site management: Leisure and Youth Services, Green Spaces Division
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Mill Hill East (Northern) then bus. Rail: Mill Hill Broadway then bus. Bus: 240, 114, 221.
Arrandene Open Space, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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Arrandene Open Space, near Wise Lane entrance, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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Arrandene Open Space, Recent tree planting, September 2000. Photo: S. Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.barnet.gov.uk

Fuller information:

As Mill Hill was being developed for housing, Hendon Council purchased over 50 acres of the Arrandene estate in 1929 in order to preserve this area for public open space. Arrandene Open Space remains a rural landscape surrounded by suburban Mill Hill. It consists of 12 fields divided by hedgerows and has areas of woodland. A network of footpaths has been provided as well as a horse ride. The site is on hilly ground with Featherstone Hill in the west and Mill Hill Ridge to the north east both of which have fine views. In the past the fields were predominantly used to provide hay for London's horses and occasionally as grazing land. Usage of the land has varied over the years with Featherstone Hill at one time a cornfield and Brook Field became allotments in the 1940s, while Little Lowdham's Field was a school playing field. Between the 1960s and 1980s the grass was mown but since then the botanic importance of the site has led to an ecologically-sensitive management regime. In the early 1990s it was proposed to create an arboretum here and exotic species have been planted in some areas including the entrance on Wise Lane near Milespit Hill to the east.

Sources consulted:

Jan Hewlett, Ian Yarham, David Curson, 'Nature Conservation in Barnet', London Ecology Unit, 1997.
Grid ref: TQ227920
Size in hectares: 23.59
   
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: Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt: Yes (part)
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: District Park
   

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