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Sunny Hill Park on a sunny spring afternoon

Sunny Hill Park is in Hendon, in the London Borough of Barnet, England. It is a large hilly park, 22 hectares,[1] mainly grassed, which has extensive views to the north and the west. Together with the neighbouring Hendon Churchyard, it is a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation.[2][3]

The site used to be Sunnyhill Fields, and was owned by Church Farmhouse, now the adjoining Church Farmhouse Museum. In 1921 Hendon Council purchased 16 acres for a park, which opened in 1922, and in 1929 it was enlarged when further land was acquired.[4] An area with scattered trees in the south-east corner was formerly part of St Mary's Churchyard, an important archaeological site with evidence of Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation.[5] The park still has hedgerows showing former field boundaries and mature trees.[4]

It has a cafe, a playground, tennis courts and football pitches.

There is access from Church End, Sunny Hill, Watford Way, Great North Way, Sunny Gardens Road, Sunningfields Crescent and Church Terrace.

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  • Hewlett, Janet (1997). Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4.

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