King George's Fields (Monken Hadley)

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Entrance to the King George's Fields from Hadley Common
King George's Fields
Bridge over the Shirebourne brook
Footpath through the bushes

King George's Fields is a 28 hectare Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II, in Monken Hadley in the London Borough of Barnet.[1]

It is one of many King George's Fields all over the country, established as memorials to King George V, who died in 1936. These KGV fields are legally protected as places for public recreation through a "deed of dedication" with the Fields in Trust charity.

Habitat[edit]

The site consists of a patchwork of fields, intersected by overgrown hedgerows, narrow strips of woodland and small streams. There are a number of magnificent old oaks, and breeding birds include sparrowhawk, stock dove, bullfinch, willow warbler and chaffinch. There are also a number of common butterflies and the uncommon chimney sweeper moth.[2]

The Shirebourne brook runs north-south through the fields.

Location[edit]

There are entrances from Hadley Green Road, Burnside Close and South Close. On the other side of Hadley Green Road is Hadley Green, the traditional site of the Battle of Barnet in the War of the Roses in 1471. The London Loop walk passes through the site.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iGiGL – helping you find London's parks and wildlife sites". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "King George's Fields". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ London Loop Walk 16

Further reading[edit]

  • Hewlett, Janet (1997). Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4. 

External links[edit]

Media related to King George's Fields (Monken Hadley) at Wikimedia Commons Coordinates: 51°39′23″N 0°11′42″W / 51.6565°N 0.1950°W / 51.6565; -0.1950