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Silkstream Park Mini-Festival (Burnt Oak, Barnet)

August 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Part of the Silk Stream Flood Resilience Innovation (SSFRI) Project:

A mini-festival to promote the the park, the environment and our waterways! Join Thames21 for a day of games, activities, exhibitions and much more.

    • Mini Golf (Play our river themed mini golf)
    • Games (Feed the Fishes Game // (Don’t) Hook a Duck // Spikeball & more)
    • River Action (Urban Riverfly // Balsam Bashing // Clean-ups & more)
    • Music (we’ll take requests)
    • Exhibition (Maps // Posters & more)
    • Refreshments (Tea, Coffee & Cakes)


Drop by between:

  • 11am – 4pm: All games, refreshments, music etc.

River Action Sessions (Sign-up now via Time to Spareor you can do it on the day)

  • 11am – 1pm: River Action Session (Morning)
  • 2pm – 4pm: River Action Session (Afternoon)

Places are limited so be sure to sign up here:


Get your hands dirty to make your river cleaner! Join us for practical conservation work on the Deans Brook! Depending on how the site is on the day we’ll be doing the following river work:

    • Urban Riverfly Monitoring – we’ll do a quick river dip to see what’s living in that section of river. It’s a good indicator of river health and gives us chance to collect some rough species data. More info here.
    • Balsam Bashing – Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species and spreads along riverbanks very easily. In early summer, before they have seeded you can pull these out to stop the spread. More info here.
    • River Clean-up – most sites will have some litter in them so we’ll be sure to pull out as much as we can.
    • Vegetation Management – mainly a winter season activity but any basic vegetation management that can benefit the river and not disturb wildlife we can also do in these sessions.

Things to know:

    • Wear weather appropriate, comfortable clothing
    • We will provide tools, wellies and waders (where needed)
    • Bring a bottle of water
    • Everyone welcome, some of the work is physical and in a river but there should be something for everyone
    • There are no toilets in this park – nearest are Burnt Oak Library, Montrose Playing Fields or Asda (all a 5-10 minute walk away)



As part of the SSFRI project we will be making changes to waterways across Barnet and Harrow, come talk to us about what might be happening.


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.

Local communities are at the heart of this project and as such we are looking to broaden our reach. Through this project you will have the opportunity to input into the designs of our green and blue spaces, a concept called “co-design”.

Led by Barnet Council, and Harrow Council. Funded by the Environment Agency and DEFRA. Click here for more information on the Silk Stream Project.

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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