Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers says she welcomes council funding to improve steps, fences and paths at Coppetts Wood.

Ms Villiers says she has been in regular contact with Coppetts Wood Conservationists to tackle problems raised with her at the woodland between Friern Barnet and Muswell Hill.

After recently visiting Coppetts Wood, Ms Villiers says she contacted Barnet Council to take action and says she gave her formal backing to the application for funding which woodland volunteers made.

The MP says conservationists were recently told the council will soon repair steps and fences, and will also supply the volunteers with path repair materials for ongoing maintenance.

Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.

In addition, a deep clean has taken place to remove litter from around the 'tank trap' area and there have been improvements to the emptying of the bins.

Ms Villiers said: "Coppetts Wood is one of my favourite places in the constituency and I have visited many times to enjoy its wildlife and plants, and to see for myself the dedicated work of the volunteers who do so much to look after it.

"The council agreeing to make important repairs is really good news. Many more people have visited this haven for nature right next to the North Circular Road over the last two years because of the pandemic and so repairs are very much needed."

"I was happy to raise this with our local council and back the application to secure funding for this work."