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Inventory Site Record

Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve (Haringey)

Brief Description

Located just off Green Lanes, Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve was opened in 1986 after Haringey Council acquired the land in the early 1980s. The railway had opened here in 1868; until the 1950s the land was a railway goods yard used for coal and chalk, and fragments of coal can still be found on the nature reserve. In 1980 there was a community centre here, but this burnt down. The land was converted into a wildlife haven and environmental teaching centre for local schools, the pond was dug in 1987, and in 1990 was officially declared a statutory Local Nature Reserve.

Practical Information
Site location:
381 Green Lanes
Postcode:
N4 1ES
What 3 Words:
gift.behave.cycle
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Haringey
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
Mon-Wed 9am - 5pm (check Friends website for additional opening times)
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Toilets
Events:
See Friends website for details of events
Public transport:
Train: Harringay Green Lanes. Tube: Manor House (Piccadilly).
Research updated:
11/11/2021
Last minor changes:
14/07/2022

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.haringey.gov.uk; https://friendsofrailwayfields.wordpress.comhttps://www.tcv.org.uk/london/haringey/ 

Full Site Description

Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve has been recipient of the Green Flag Award since 2004, and has been protected with Fields in Trust as a Queen Elizabeth II Field since 2014. Railway Fields is renowned for its abundant flora including over 200 species of wildflowers. It is managed by environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the Friends of Railway Fields, which holds monthly conservation and family wildlife arts sessions, plus special events to encourage people to visit and learn more about the wildlife in their midst. In 2011 renowned botanist and former Haringey Conservation Manager David Bevan, who has long been associated with the nature reserve, became patron of the Friends group.

Sources consulted:

https://www.haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/parks-and-open-spaces/z-parks-and-open-spaces/railway-fields-local-nature-reserve; https://friendsofrailwayfields.wordpress.com

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ317881 (531787,188168)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Haringey
Site management:
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV); Friends of Railway Fields
Date(s):
1986
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:
None

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