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Community Mapping Workshop (Watling Park)

January 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Map of Watling Park in the Silk Stream catchment
    • Where? Watling Community Centre, HA8 0TR (also online see below).
    • When? 29th January, 14:00-16:30.
    • What? Presentations, discussions and exploring the park making maps.
    • Why? To have input on upcoming changes to Watling Park and the Burnt Oak Brook.
    • Who? Open to all who know Watling Park.
    • Sign me up! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up via Eventbrite.



Co-design is a framework that goes beyond traditional forms of community consultation where local people are seen as sources of data and instead offers people a seat at the table, enabling them to participate in the design process. This session is the first step in the “Co-Design” process.

There will be upcoming changes to Watling Park to improve flood resilience, the Burnt Oak Brook and the park in general. In this session you’ll learn about the concept of Community Mapping, and then we’ll create our own maps displaying key local knowledge. These will then be digitised and used by Metis to model opportunities for works within the park.



14.00 – 14.45: Guide to community mapping [Indoors or via Zoom] Tea and coffee will be provided whilst Thames21 present on community mapping. This will cover the concept of community mapping as well as the physical mapping process

14.45 – 15.45: Map Chandos Park  [Outdoors] Walking around Watling Park in small groups and equipped with maps, we will collect data about the space and what we’d like to see in the park.

15.45 – 16.15: Collate findings and discussion [Indoors or via Zoom] Returning back to Watling Community Centre we will share our findings and discuss.

16.15 – 16.30: “Off-topic” conversations [Indoors or via Zoom] Time for “off-topic” conversations, this could be related to anything that feels relevant to the group.

Note these timings are the maximum timings, the session is likely to be much shorter than this.



This will be delivered as a ‘hybrid online event’, so if you do not want to attend in person you can join via Zoom. You can then choose to meet us outdoors in the park (if you live nearby) or arrange another time to do your mapping work. Please indicate your form of attendance when you sign up.



This event is part of the Silk Stream Flood Resilience Innovation Project, a 6-year, £6 million project to help tackle the effects of climate change by making space for water, reducing flooding and improving water quality in the Silk Stream catchment for the benefit of communities and the environment.

Led by Barnet Council, and Harrow Council. Funded by the Environment Agency and DEFRA.

Click here for more information on the Silk Stream Project

Contact for further information.



This project is funded by Defra as part of the £150 million Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme which is managed by the Environment Agency to develop and test new approaches to resilience tailored to local communities.



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