A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Visitor guidance

Additional COVID 19 Guidance for Garden Visitors update Sept 2020

The Gardens are now reopened  to the public. All the existing regulations will remain in place and there are some additional temporary rules for visitors to follow.  These additional rules will remain in place until they are amended or removed based on government guidance.

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors. The government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

If you gather in groups larger than 6 you will be asked to leave the gardens

1. Access

The gardens will be open from 0800 until 1800, 7 days a week, Access to the gardens is now through all gates. The playground and fitness equipment are now available and we would ask that all visitors observe social distancing. Staff and Volunteers will be on hand to offer advice.  The gardens may be closed at any time in the case of emergency or if visitors are not adhering to the guidelines. The café is open with socially distanced external seating in place.  Please wear a face covering and observe the queuing system for your safety and the safety of others and our staff.

2. Toilets

Limited toilets facilities will be opened in the stables next to the cafe, including 1 with baby change facilities, plus access will be available to the changing places toilet. This will reduce the potential for cross contamination at the hand washing facilities. These facilities will be open during the cafe's opening times only 9.00 - 17.00 mon -fri and 10.00 - 17.00 Sat & Sun

3. Dogs

In addition to the existing rules and bye laws regarding dogs, all dog owners are advised to keep their animal under close control at all times, if dogs are not kept under control the owner will be asked to put their dog on a lead or leave.

There will be staff on duty at all times that the gardens are open, staff will supported by volunteers. If you have any concerns you should make contact, at a safe distance, with staff on duty they will all be visible to you.

Picnics and Parties in the Gardens

Organised Picnics and Parties for groups of 7 or more are not permitted within the Gardens 

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors. The government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

If you gather in groups larger than 6 you will be asked to leave the gardens

 

Please note that the lower lawn and the terrace next to the house are not available for organised picnics and parties. The terrace can be hired in conjunction with rooms in the house.

Permitted Picnics and Parties, in line with the general regulations for the use of the gardens, should not use any glassware, fix anything to trees or into the ground, erect gazebos, tents or other structures, cook or barbecue any food, and be aware of the rules relating to the consumption of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol, other than that purchased on site, is not permitted anywhere on the estate. They should clear up their litter and take it away with them.  Black bags  left piled up by litter bins encourages the birds or the foxes to make an awful mess that either our staff or our volunteers then have to clear up, which is not fair on them.

Please note that there are toilets available for public use within the Stables during the hours that the cafe is open to the public, toilets in the house are only available to those attending events within the house.

Dogs

Dogs are permitted in the grounds but their handlers must observe the following regulations.

1     Dogs must be under supervision and proper control, and must not cause a nuisance to other people or any creature.

2     Dogs must be kept on a fixed length lead (max 2 metres) on the paths surrounding the lower green and on the terrace.   Long, extendable or retractable leads must not be used.

3     Dogs are not permitted on the lower green, in the children’s playground or in the pond.

4     The person in charge of a dog must immediately clear up any dog faeces, and deposit the waste in the special bins provided for that purpose. They must not use the ordinary litter bins.

Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the Cafe and the House. All other dogs are not permitted.

Copies of Barnet Borough Bye Laws on Dogs can be downloaded from this page.

Cycling

Bicycles or similar non power-driven vehicles may be ridden on level metalled paths only, apart from:

The west path from the Avenue Entrance to the Terrace entrance, including the terrace, and the south path from (and including) the terrace past the rear of the stables as far as the path entrance from the stable yard.

Please do not ride bicycles on lawns or through planted areas.

Electric/power driven scooters are not allowed in the  Gardens

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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