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fobec-logo-150x154Barnet Environment Centre is situated on a 7.5 acre nature reserve which is a “Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation”. The Friends of Barnet Environment Centre is a registered charity which provides events for the local community and activities for schools in order to educate and inspire a lasting interest in and appreciation of the natural world. We maintain the reserve through regular volunteer work-parties and, in addition to educating schoolchildren, organise open days, children’s activities and youth projects.The nature reserve and Environment Centre are only open to the public for these events. Our recent volunteering news Keeping in Touch, schools newsletter Autumn 2017 and the Chair’s April 2018 Newsletter are all available. Our Chair has written his Annual Report 2017 to sum up what has been another marvellous year for FoBEC.

volunteers workingThe Make A Difference Weekend 14, 15 October 2017:
On the Saturday and Sunday, a total of 44 local enthusiasts and Friends of Barnet Environment Centre volunteers, including three children, cut back large clumps of oak saplings and brambles that had strayed onto the meadow, and dug out blackthorn roots to ensure that all traces had been effectively removed. What a difference that has made! We needed to cut a new pathway through to the meadow from the Environment Centre on the other side of our magnificent Monterey Pine. More …

identifying wildlife 400x265 Education News 2017: A new school year begins and it’s time to look back over the last year, and what an exciting year it’s been, with more children than ever visiting the Centre and more close encounters with wildlife. There has also been more youth involvement through work experience and volunteering schemes such as the National Citizens Service. A dizzying total of 1845 children aged 4-18 and around 500 adults attended this year. Visitors came from all year groups from EYFS to Year 13. With new courses, great wildlife experiences, fantastic volunteer input, two ambitious National Citizens Service projects, the year has been a huge success. Please visit our School or Youth pages. More …

NAclear_logo_40mmThe nature reserve site and Environment Centre are owned by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. More …