London is full of green spaces that are often packed with people when the sun rises.
It’s easy to run to Hyde Park or Green Park for your dose of nature, but it just doesn’t have to be when the capital has so much to offer.
Fortunately for Londoners looking to take a break from the crowds, there are lesser-known pastures perfect for a relaxing afternoon – including a secret spot in Finchley.
Now you can turn to your friends who have left town and say smugly, ‘Who needs to move to Somerset when you can take the Northern Line and feel like you’re in the country? “
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In Finchley, in the borough of Barnet, is Long Lane Pasture, a hidden gem where you can run your hands over a flowery meadow and stroll along narrow paths.
A true slice of country life, visitors will be enchanted by the wildlife, especially birds and butterflies.
The two-acre prairie hosts annual events focused on the prairie ecosystem, such as a pond day where newts and tadpoles can be spotted.
In July, the public can participate in a moth count before the species are released into the sky in a marvelous spectacle.
If counting creatures isn’t enough to make you feel like a country boor, then blackberry picking day in early August should do the trick.
Long Lane Pastures also offers a bulb planting day for those who want to get stuck later in the year in November.
The pasture is taken care of by volunteers and has been awarded Green Flag status by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign for the area’s cleanliness and environmental quality standards.
This secret hideaway in the heart of the suburb of Finchley is a real treat for those looking to get in touch with nature.
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