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Unblocking the Burnt Oak Brook – Watling Park Barnet 26/02/2022

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



Exciting news! Thames21 can now confirm that in partnership with Barnet Council, we have now secured the funding required to “Unblock the Burnt Oak Brook”! What does this mean practically, for me the park user? It means we have secured the funds to pay for contractors to come in, and remove ALL the concrete blocks siding the banks, AND the concrete beds in the lower section of Watling Park. This mean you will be seeing contractor vehicles and works taking place to re-naturalise the Brook to its wild and natural state. Of course after that, there will be multiple re-planting events taking place, and you can be a part of choosing, and planting the next generation of species that will grow there. Watch this space!!



Happy New Year, welcome to 2022 and the exciting new beginning for Watling Park!

Join the regeneration of the Brent River. You can be an important part of the re-wilding of your local Brook. We are looking for people to become stewards of the river – helping clean up, re-plant, and take an active role in caring for their open spaces. WE NEED YOU!

Book in advance, or just turn up on the day, all are welcome!
We will be cleaning-up and enhancing the river bed, banks and park area. Our Events will consist of litter picks, creature surveys, scrub clearance, and re-planting Events. Help make the best of this space!

We provide the tools. You are not required to bring any equipment, all required tools will be provided for at the events. The concept of our Community Volunteering Events, is often about setting up local people with the tools and skills required to carry on self sufficiently. This helps them to go on and create lasting volunteer groups, or friends of groups that improve their areas for everyone, in a lasting legacy that benefits us all.


Unblocking The Burnt Oak Brook: This is part of the “Restoring Brent Rivers and Communities Project” which has been funded and supported by the Greggs Foundation, Barnet Council, and Thames Water. The Project hopes to:

  • * Remove redundant artificial bank materials to reconnect the Burnt Oak brook to the floodplain and rehabilitate marginal habitats.

  • * Introduce large wood groynes to meander the brook more naturally in its channel.

  • * Bank top vegetation management, to increase light, aesthetics, and safety by opening up public views of the brook.

  • * Encourage volunteer groups to form and start their own event days under the Thames21 banner

  • * Educate and raise awareness of the “Bin It Don’t Block It” message to the local community, so that non flushable products are not entering the sewage system as frequently, which causes Overspill events into our Rivers, impacting on our wildlife and wild spaces.

Meeting point: We will be meeting in the park next to the brook, towards the junction of Watling Avenue/Orange Hill Road. You will find a Van parked by the brook.

What 3 Words: arts.chemistry.intend

Lunch: As a charity we cannot supply lunch, so please bring your lunch and a bottle of water or drink. However I will be supplying coffee and tea.

Toilets: There is a public library next to the park which has working toilet facilities, this is situated at the local library at the junction of Watling Ave/Orange Hill Road

Suitable clothing: Please wear suitable clothing for the weather, warm clothing and a rain coat if its raining. Please wear long sleeves if you can, as you may be working in amongst bushes and thorns, and suitable foot wear (closed shoes, no open toed shoes or sandals please!


Registration for this event has now closed. Please check the calendar for future events that may still have spaces available or email the Thames21 Brent Rivers Engagement & Restoration Officer, Michael O'Neill at if you would like information about how to get involved or future events.


February 26
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Michael O’Neill


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