Friends of Trent Country Park

Projects

Grant Applications

Over the years the Friends Committee has invested much time and effort to obtain grants to fund various projects. We are proud of our success so far and will continue to apply for grants for future projects, such as the restoration of the pond on Limes Avenue, maintenance of the acid grasslands, replacing the adult trim trail and upgrading the waymarked trail. The list goes on …. These are our achievements so far:

Enfield Parks Friends Fund: (2015 and 2016)
Grants were secured for a Family Wildlife Club to run in 2016 and 2017

Enfield Residents Priority Fund: (2015)
In collaboration with the Trent Park Conservation Committee, a grant was secured to print more copies of A Concise History of Trent Country Park and to develop and print a park brochure.

Enfield Residents Priority Fund (2014 & 2015):
Grants for nature boards. Four interpretation boards have been placed in the park to inform visitors about the trees, birds and bats that live there and about the woodland and meadow habitats.

Previous Grants

  • A Concise History of Trent Country Park (2013 & 2014)
  • Historic Walks (2013)
  • Plants for the Japanese Water Garden
  • 3 notice boards and a lectern displaying information on butterflies found in the park

Enfield Residents Priority Fund:
The Children’s Play Area

Heritage Lottery Fund:
The Japanese Water Garden

Ward Priority Fund:
A series of guided walks (Chase Ward for 2014)

Children’s Play Areas

1. For children under 8 years of age

The new play area was officially opened on 31 October 2013 by the MP for Southgate, Mr. David Burrowes.

This project was funded by the Enfield Residents Priority Fund and took several years before it was finished.

It was a real labour of love for Peter Gibbs, Enfield Council representative and The Friends Committee, especially the late Alan Parness.

This Play Area is behind the cafeteria on the left side of the road at the end of the Cockfosters Road entrance.

Bring your children to have fun expending energy on the different structures in this Play Area.

2. For children between 8 and 13 years of age

There is another play area for older children sited near the Go Ape area.

Japanese Water Garden

History
The Water Garden was originally laid out by Sir Phillip Sassoon in the late 1920s. It was reached from the formal gardens via two bridges across the lower end of the lake. It was a spring garden, planted in a stream valley under a canopy of oak and ash. The valley sides were planted with Azalea, Camellia, Cherry and flowering Crab. The margins of the pools were carpeted with many species of lily, polyanthus, primroses, and several ornamental grasses. A small glade featured a Japanese effect with azaleas and a small bridge as its basis, hence the name Japanese Water Garden.

Restoration
The garden was partially restored during the early 1980s, having been abandoned for forty years.The Council recently replaced 3 bridges through capital funding and in cooperation with The Friends have successfully bid for Heritage Lottery Funds to bring the gardens and paths back to their former glory. De-silting and embankment works were completed in 2010.

Since its restoration the garden has been maintained by the park staff. Due to Council budget cuts the garden is again in danger of looking neglected. The Friends of Trent Country Park have recently bought and planted some shrubs including Hydrangeas, Viburnums, Kolwitzia and Sambucus among others to extend the flowering season for public enjoyment. Volunteers are being recruited to help with the weeding, watering, and more planting in the Autumn of shrubs and perennials.

Water Garden in Spring 2017

Water Garden in Autumn 2015