Granville Road Spinney

Granville Road, N4 

Granville Road Spinney

Opening times 

The Spinney isn’t locked at night. 

Accessibility 

The only entrance and onsite paths are wide enough for wheelchairs, but not fully wheelchair friendly. 

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About your park 

A spinney is a small wood. Granville Road Spinney is 0.3 hectares. 

It has a mown grass area ideal for picnics and sunbathing in summer. 

History 

The land where Granville Road Spinney now sits was farmland until the 1870s. When the railway came to north London, the farmland was built on. 

In during World War II, a VI flying bomb destroyed 7 Victorian houses on Granville Road. These were replaced by prefabs that were removed in 1980. After that the area was left as open land. 

Plants and trees 

There's a small meadow with long grass and flowers such as: 

  • ox-eye daisies 
  • sorrel 
  • knapweed 

The central woodland is covered with daffodils and violets in spring and has the following trees: 

  • wild plum 
  • hazel  
  • sycamore  

In the small boggy area, you’ll find: 

  • yellow iris  
  • meadowsweet 

Along the southern edge you’ll find plants typical of waste ground including: 

  • buddleia 
  • teasels 
  • rosebay willowherb 
  • alkanet  
  • evening primrose 

In a few places trees have been trimmed to let in light for flowers like: 

  • red campion 
  • valerian 
  • bluebells 
  • aquilegia  
  • gladden iris 

There's a patch of edible blackberries, a relic of the old prefab gardens. 

Animals and birds 

A number of animals live in the Spinney including: 

  • foxes 
  • bats 
  • hedgehogs 
  • frogs 
  • mice 

Nest boxes have been provided for birds that include: 

  • 3 varieties of tits: 
    • great 
    • blue 
    • long-tailed 
  • robins 
  • chaffinches 
  • goldfinches 
  • blackbirds 
  • song thrushes  
  • the occasional great spotted woodpecker 

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Location

Address:

Granville Road
London, N4

Directions:

How to get to Granville Road Spinney (external link)

Page Last Updated:

August 2, 2021

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