Fryent Country Park

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Fryent Country Park together with Barn Hill Open Space is a large park situated in the north of the London Borough of Brent. It covers 103 hectares (254 acres) [1] of rolling fields and small woods.

Significant features[edit]

Barn Hill in the south-west of the park is a wooded hill that rises to 86m. A fish pond is found at the top of the Hill. Numerous other ponds can be seen in the rest of the park. Gotfords Hill (63m) known as “Telly Tubby Hill” by the local children for its grassed rounded top and Beane Hill (65m) are other high points in the park. Parallel to Fryent Way is an ancient track known as Hell Lane or Eldestrete which may date back to Saxon times or earlier.[2]

Wildlife[edit]

The woodland comprises French oak, hornbeam, elm, ash and some fruit trees which also occur in the hedges along with blackthorn. The park is considered the best surviving example of Middlesex countryside in the Brent basin and has a population of the nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress (Cardamine impatiens).[3]

History[edit]

Barn Hill called Bardonhill in 1547 was landscaped by Humphry Repton in 1792 as part of a local landowner’s country park.[4] The Fryent Park hay meadows are small remnants of two manors one originally in the ownership of King Edward the Confessor.[5]

Access[edit]

The park is bisected by the A4140 Fryent Way that links Kingsbury with Wembley. A car park is available halfway down this road. The nearest underground is at Kingsbury Station on the Jubilee line. The 206 bus terminates a short distance from the park. The Capital Ring footpath crosses the site. However, the road Fryent Way, linking Kingsbury Circle and Salmon Street lacks a much needed bus service to transport residents and students alike around the area. The Barn Hill Open Area, or at least the summit of it, is nearer Wembley Park Station.

Awards[edit]

Fryent Country Park was awarded a Green Flag Award in 2010/2011 for being a well managed park or open space.[6] The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.[dead link][7] It is also a Local Nature Reserve.[8][9]

In 2014 London in Bloom awarded the park a silver gilt award in its Country Park of the Year category.[10]

Gallery[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Ordnance Survey. (2006). No. 173 Explorer Map: London North. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Snow, Len. (1990). Brent, Wembley, Willesden and Kingsbury: A pictorial history. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brent Council. (2007). Fryent Country Park. Details[dead link]
  2. ^ Article on Hell Lane[dead link]
  3. ^ Management Plan by Brent Council[dead link]
  4. ^ Details of history of Barn Hill by Brent Council [Accessed 3 August 2007].[dead link]
  5. ^ Philip Grant (2004). “The hay meadows of Kingsbury: a look at their history”. Article prepared for Brent Archive.[dead link]
  6. ^ Fryent Country Park.[dead link]
  7. ^ Green Flag.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Fryent Country Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Map of Fryent Country Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  10. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°34′41″N 0°16′26″W / 51.578°N 0.274°W / 51.578; -0.274