The Dell is legally owned by Brent Council. See Land Registry entries.
As landowner, Brent Council retains responsibility for all health and safety issues and must also fulfill its statutory duties as a local authority in relation to the Dell as a public park.
Although the Dell is owned by Brent, Brent cannot just do what it likes with the Dell. Legal agreements mean that the Trust has a real say:
Ultimately, the Dell is governed by a Steering Committee of six people. Half the Steering Committee is chosen by the Trustees. The other half is chosen by Brent Council.
The Steering Committee has final say on what happens in the Dell except for health and safety, Brent's statutory duties as a local authority and expenditure by Brent.
In the event of a deadlock between Brent and the Trust members of the Steering Committee, the Trust members have the casting vote.
The Trust, in turn, is governed by a formal Constitution. As a member of the Trust, you can elect the Trustees at our Annual General Meeting. The Trustees listen to you and what you want. Through them, you can indirectly choose the Steering Committee and thus have ultimate say-so over the Dell.
The Trust's say in the Dell does not come without strings attached:
If the Trust doesn't see to these jobs, it can lose it's legal say and, even worse, the protection that the legal covenants provide to see that the Dell stays as a park.
This is why your role and support as members of the Trust are so important.
The Dell is closed on Monday mornings until 12.30pm for the gardening club.
Become a member of Mapesbury Dell Trust. It's free. It helps to support the Dell. You get to have your say about how the Dell is run and you get advance notice of what is happening in the Dell and invitations to events. Volunteer to help with the Gardening Team, Events or Projects. Tell us what you like about the Dell, how you think we can make it better and about any concerns you have.