The Friends of Victoria Park work to promote and protect Victoria Park N3 in north London.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
You can meet one other person from another household if you both stay outdoors.
If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
The park is a local favourite and features a cafe, tennis courts, two playgrounds, gardens and benches. It is next door to the Finchley Bowls and Croquet Club.
Care about Victoria Park and want to get involved?
At a mere 7 hectares (17 acres) we probably are dwarfed by more famous greenspaces.
Victoria Park is in Church End in Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. It is close to Finchley Central and West Finchley tube stations.
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A brief history
Much of the park was originally part of Colby’s Farm, where Charles Dickens wrote part of Martin Chuzzlewit.
In 1887 Henry Stephens proposed converting the area to a park to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, but it was not opened until 1902, a year after Victoria’s death. It was the only public park in the former Borough of Finchley until 1914.
The park is mainly grassland, with playgrounds, ornamental gardens, playing fields, six public tennis courts, Finchley Victoria Bowling Club, and a cafe open 7 days a week.
What is exciting for us is that we are moving the Friends Group forward and we have a new Bowling and Croquet Club that has taken over management of the two bowling greens from the Council/Municipality and is growing nicely.
We have inherited a nice small capital sum that will give us new children’s playgrounds, a new café and should stretch to improved/repaired walkways.
We are playing with a cellphone app to build a tree-trail that will enable visitors to identify any of the over 100 types of tree in our park.