The future is green: Brook Valley Gardens opens new pocket park for local residents


Countryside has officially opened West Gardens, a new pocket park and communal garden in the heart of Brook Valley Gardens. The development forms part of the regeneration of the former Dollis Valley Estate in the London Borough of Barnet.

The official opening, held on 5 September 2018, was attended by residents, representatives from Countryside, London and Quadrant Housing Association (L&Q) and Stephen McDonald, Director of Place, London Borough of Barnet.

Designed in consultation with local residents, the park provides much needed new play facilities for young children in the heart of the new estate together with a communal garden for all to enjoy.  

Considered a modern garden suburb with diverse landscapes, wildlife and green open spaces, Countryside is working in partnership with L&Q and Barnet Council to transform the former Dollis Valley Council housing estate, by demolishing outdated existing homes and providing over 600 high quality new homes, of which 240 (40%) will be affordable. 

Taking place across five phases, new homes for Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership and Outright Sale are being built along with new community facilities which include a new community centre and nursery, all linked by tree-lined avenues. Since planning permission was granted in 2013, 258 high quality homes, in a mix of one to four-bedroom houses, have already been delivered to the local community.

Situated just 40 minutes from central London, Brook Valley Gardens is a unique development, inspired by the original garden suburbs. The winner of ‘Best Residential New Build (10+ units)’ at the Delivering for Barnet Architecture Awards in 2017, Brook Valley Gardens is leading the way in sustainable suburban development.

Andy Fancy, Managing Director for Partnerships South (North & South), Countryside, said: “Having worked closely in partnership with L&Q and Barnet Council from the very beginning, we are hugely proud to have opened the communal garden at Brook Valley Gardens, providing local residents with an attractive green, open space in the heart of the new development. 

“The garden makes a truly positive contribution to health and wellbeing in the local area and is an ideal location for families to enjoy throughout the year. A focus on community is at the heart of everything we do, and the newly opened communal garden creates a hub for outdoor activities, bringing with it an unprecedented sense of cohesion to the area.”