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. We are now in the second shutdown and the golf course is closed for golf. Once again we are able to walk the course and discover the rich biodiversity of this 90 year old course.
From June to October the golf course was back in business and very, very busy. There were 55% more rounds of golf played compared with last year and income was up 80%. During this shutdown maintenance will continue. When walking the course please respect the greens (Those very flat circular bits), the green staff work very hard to keep them in good condition and they are very expensive to repair! Playing in the bunkers is not a good idea – you have no idea what the foxes might have done in them.
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.
The cafe is open on a “take away” basis. It is not allowed to provide seating but park benches are available nearby and some people bring their own folding chairs. The toilets are open.
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. 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”
It is eight months since a decision on the preferred bidder should have been made. The delay is understandable but Enfield citizens should be aware that a lot of work is going on about the future of all our parks. There is a parks strategy document to be issued shortly for consultation. The document will be available at four libraries under severe Covid restrictions for four weeks starting November 16th.
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