The Friends have put forward a plan to Barnet Council to extend Cherry Tree Wood at the Station Road gate to the High Road taking in the current tarmacked area of Brompton Grove. See area 26a in blue above. Site 26 outlined in red is Park House, currently occupied by Monkey Puzzle nursery which Barnet Council propose, in the long run, should be developed for community use and housing retaining the trees and open space at the front.
Extending the Wood to the High Road will give it a new landmark entrance – which currently is recessed – opposite the Grade II listed East Finchley Underground station and would be a marked improvement on the High Road. It would remove a large section of tarmac which is currently only adding to the Heat island effect and replace it with natural open space which should be designed to complement the ancient woodland, provide shade and seek to improve pollinator activity to support the B line which runs through this site. (Cherry Tree Wood lies in the middle of a designated B – line through London which are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns, along which a series of wildflower-rich habitats are being created and restored. We are doing our small bit towards this in Cherry Tree Wood by creating a meadow around the orchard area next to the tennis courts see more at: https://www.buglife.org.uk/our-work/b-lines/
We will be seeking signatures for a petition in support of the idea of extending the Wood at our stall next Sunday 5th September. Do visit us, play hook a duck and sign the petition.