People who don’t understand history, are like gardeners who plant trees without roots.
We live in a world, a bubble where acceptance is key to our thinking. We accept our streets, our surrounding, our neighbours. How about going deeper and plunging into what ‘was’ and why it was?
This made me delve into the world of Roe Green Village; a little oasis, a jewel hidden in the back streets of Kingsbury. Hedged by the boundary of Kingsbury Park, one would have to be really nosey to want to walk down its streets and get transported into another era.
I can actually visualise the moment when Sir Frank Baines started the design of the ‘Garden Village’ an image of this reflected in an Arts and Craft style. Originally, built in 1916 for the aircraft factories, you can sense the village atmosphere within the quaint doll houses one even with Red Doors.
Community is possibly the most used "Mantra" within the brick walls and lush green umbrellas of trees. To emphasise on the Community spirit, the "Village Day" takes place annually where residents have a great day out with stalls, baking competitions, games for the children and live entertainment for all. During Christmas, children under 9 enjoy carol singing whilst the adults further web themselves into a spirit of togetherness.
Roe Green Village gives you a sense of togetherness even if you are alone, allows you to nest in a peaceful locality whilst having access to the Urban World as soon as you step a couple of metres out of the hedge lined streets and secure neighbourhood.
The average 2 Bedroom maisonette costs on average £330,000 - £400,000 whilst a 3 Bedroom house could come with a hefty price tag of over £500,000.
For young families, this is the ideal environment and sense of belonging for the next generation. Our older clientele, on the other hand, would step back into the era of their youth in the world of World War II and before.
Like most places there is an element of rental investments that exists in the village but Debbie Nyman, Chairman of the Resident’s Association is not fazed by it. “Tenants respect the code of conduct within the community and respect the culture.” “The landscape has changed so much through the years, when I moved in in 1985”. “It was so quiet, the atmosphere was so cosy; there was a feel good factor. The bigger challenge for us is to hold on to values as before.”
Although the Village attracts visitors from beyond Brent and other boroughs, within Kingsbury there is such little knowledge about what goes on within the vicinity of the walled garden and the conservation jewel.