Go ahead for Barnet environment centre rebuild

Written by  Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:39
Former school buildings beside the Byng Road entrance Former school buildings beside the Byng Road entrance
A donation of £750,000 will enable work to start this summer on the construction of a new eco-friendly environment centre for Barnet and the site clearance needed for the new Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

Years of doubt and uncertainty about the future of the much-loved eight-acre nature reserve in Byng Road could finally be over.

The donation to the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice has come from the Barnet-based charity the Hadley Trust and its confirmation has delighted the Friends of Barnet Countryside Centre

In March 2012 planning permission was approved by Barnet Council for a new £4.8 million children’s hospice on the site of the partly-disused former school buildings beside the Byng Road entrance.

This is fantastic news  

A condition of the approval is that Noah’s Ark grants a sub lease to the London Wildlife Trust and works in collaboration with the Friends of the Barnet Countryside Centre

This three-way partnership is about to bear fruit following the £750,000 donation to Noahs Ark Hospice.

Countryside Centre ProposalCountryside Centre ProposalThe donation will enable clearance of the site to start in the summer holidays once school visits finish; work is due to commence later in the year on a new eco-friendly building to replace the existing classrooms and kitchen used by the environment centre.

Dick Elms, chair of the Countryside Centre Trustees, expressed their delight on hearing of the donation.  “This is fantastic news. Discussions will now be held with the London Wildlife Trust and Noah’s Ark to finalise the terms of the sub lease and other arrangements.”

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  • Comment Link Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:17 posted by James (Jim) Rea

    Really encouraging news after years and years of uncertainty about the Countryside Centre.
    A fitting memorial to Denis Bland, Mary Perry's , Sue Bird and all the other hard working volunteers involved since I helped back in the 1990's to try and safeguard it's uncertain future when I worked for Barnet's Parks and Countryside Section.
    Well done to all involved and my regards to all them remember me
    Jim Rea FLS

  • Comment Link Saturday, 08 March 2014 21:08 posted by James (Jim) Rea FLS.

    After being involved in the 1990's or so with the Centre and the Friends, I sincerely hope all the fantastic work carried out over so many years by the many dedicated friends of the Original Denis Bland Environmental Centre, that the project goes forward positively, now funding has been secured.
    My regards and best wishes to all involved.
    Jim Rea, retired Parks and Countryside Officer, Barnet Council

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