Dollis Valley Greenwalk starts work on £740,000 make over

Improvement works to one of Barnet’s best-loved walks are set to begin this month.

The Dollis Valley Greenwalk beat off fierce competition when it was awarded £400,000 as part of the Mayor of London’s Help a London Park scheme.

An additional £250,000 was also secured from Transport for London for cycle and footpath improvements, £30,000 from Walk London to improve signage throughout the walk with an extra £50,000 allocated from the council.

After extensive consultation with residents and user groups it was decided money for the seven mile walk will be used to improve footpaths and entrances, way mark the route, create wild flower meadows, undertake river and pond enhancements and install new furniture, bins and play equipment.

The council’s Greenspaces team has been working closely with the Environment Agency, Walk London and the London Wildlife Trust to make sure there is minimum disruption to local wildlife.

Improvement work to the footpaths is set to begin on 21st March with the entire project due for completion by March 2012. Residents are being invited to vote online to chose the design of the logo for the walk through http://engage.barnet.gov.uk. There will be future opportunities for residents to be involved in decisions, including future play and gym equipment.

A councillor said: “The Dollis Valley Green Walk is a much loved green space by many of our residents and I am very pleased this grant will help to protect and enhance it for future generations.”

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: “This is great news for Barnet. Dollis Valley Greenwalk will benefit from new meadows and paths and local children will have a gleaming new playground to enjoy. I am delighted that local people have been able to have their say on the improvements to their park.”

For more information about the scheme visit http://www.barnet.gov.uk/dollis-valley-green-walk.htm

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