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Double Rainbow, March 2021.  Photo copyright 2021 Susan Maclean, with thanks
Double Rainbow, March 2021 -- Photo by Sue Maclean


We will be holding our 2021 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17th July 2021 at 10am in the gardens, on one of the hexagonal benches near the pond. If the weather forecast is wet, our backup date is 20th July in the evening. A notice will be posted here if the meeting is postponed. Everyone is welcome if you would like to meet members of the friends group and talk about the gardens. There will be a little formal business, just to confirm the officers and report on our finances. Please bring a chair if it's easy for you, in case there are more of us than will fit on the bench.

A Kentucky coffeetree has been planted near the main gate in Leicester Road to replace the large Turkey Oak which had become dangerous and was removed. We hope to change the sign next to it in due course -- it still says Turkey Oak at the moment.

The friends group has bought two new steel benches for the two hexagonal concrete bases near the pond. This was paid for out of the remaining lottery money. The pump has now switched itself off as the water level is too low. There are plenty of fish in the pond -- they are still happy as the pond is quite deep.

We have discovered that there is a page about Highlands Gardens on a web site run by the London Gardens Trust. It has some historical information that we do not have.

For the record, we have an entry on the GoParksLondon web site, where you can find information about other parks in the area.

About the Gardens

Highlands Gardens is a public garden in Barnet, North London, UK. The main entrance is at the junction of Abbotts Road and Leicester Road, New Barnet. Near postcode EN5 5EB. map. There is another entrance on Prospect Road.

It is open from dawn to dusk every day. The gates are locked at night. It closes at 4.30pm between November and February.

We have turned off the comment facility which we used to have on the home page. We suggest that everyone continues the conversation on Nextdoor (nextdoor.co.uk), where more people will see the messages. The gardens are in the area called New Barnet North. (We used to have a link to Streetlife here. Streetlife has now been taken over by Nextdoor). If you are not local, join us on Facebook.