During the Covid 19 shutdown Whitewebbs welcomed a huge number of visitors. The Friends of Whitewebbs produced a free walking map to help those who who wanted to explore our beautiful park. Currently we have access to the entire park and the paths have dried out, for the most part.
The Council decided not to re-open the Golf Course at the end of March. The grass has been allowed to grow and is now very long. It is a great time to explore the golf course, there are many types of grass growing there and if you look carefully there are several species of wildflower and other plants growing there – Lesser stitchwort, meadow salsify, lady’s bedstraw, birds-foot trefoil, speedwell among many others. The trees are magnificent.
I keep meeting new visitors to the park who have been unaware of its existence despite having lived in Enfield for years. It has not been well advertised, nor is it well signposted. It is a “Metropolitan” park that should serve a large part of Enfield but public transport is virtually non existent. For most visitors not within easy walking distance a car is needed. Parking is free and the post code for your satnav is EN2 9JN (EN2 9HH for the Northern entrance and golf course office). The shared pedestrian/ cycle path between Forty Hall and Hilly Fields passes close by
To help individuals and families explore further we have printed out guides and activity sheets – bird spotting, leaf spotting, a treasure hunt.
Copies of the map and the various exploration activities are available from the display in the shelter next to the Beggars Hollow cafe. We have prepared some printed walking guides to help those new to the park to find their way around. These can be downloaded by clicking this picture and scrolling down the page it takes you to.
The cafe is open with new outdoor seating
Conditions in the woodland and on the course are wet and muddy in places. Wellies or boots are advised.
We still don’t know what is happening to our park but for the latest news see our newsletter. We have had an assurance in writing that all footpaths, not just “rights of way” giving access to the ancient woodland will be protected. Everything appears to have been held up by Covid but we have have been told that a shortlist of bidders will be made “shortly”. Officers of the Council are recommending a bid from Tottenham Hotspur
Enfield citizens should be aware that a lot of work is going on about the future of all our parks. There has been a borough wide consultation on the Blue and Green strategy for our parks, rivers and open spaces.
Petition exceeds target – thanks to everyone who signed, collected signatures and shared the links
As a result of the target being exceeded we will be presenting the petition to a full council meeting on Wednesday 26th February at 7.00 pm. All supporters welcome – there will be a wired overflow room if the public galleries are full. We are allowed a 5 minute presentation, strictly timed, with 15 minutes for councillors to debate the issues.
For details of and commentary on, the latest update from Enfield Council go to the Action page on this site.https://whitewebbspark.org.uk/action-for-whitewebbs/
Whitewebbs Park is in Enfield, on the northern edge of London. It is situated between the parks of Forty Hall and Hilly Fields giving users access to woodland, parkland and more formal gardens for walking. Paths vary from tarmac to very rough (and muddy). There are two cafes and a carvery within the parks, car parking, toilets, a shared cycle path, a bridle way and a public golf course. There are several pubs on the edge of the parks. The post codes for sat navs are:
Beggars Hollow Cafe and car park EN2 9JW
The Golf Course and Toby Carvery EN2 9HH
Forty Hall EN2 9HA
Public transport to these parks is not good. Most bus routes and train stations involve a brisk 10 – 15 min walk. There is a bus from Enfield Town to Crews Hill via Clay Hill running every hour except Sundays.
The cafe at Beggars Hollow – coffee and a chat