Sep 23 2012

Volunteers and Council Join Forces to Improve Parks

Volunteers will roll up their sleeves and join forces with Harrow Council to breathe a fresh lease of life into the borough’s parks and wildlife areas as part of the Council’s green grid scheme.

A number of parks and open spaces will be landscaped and improved over the next twelve months. They include Queensbury Recreation Ground, Stanmore Country Park, Bentley Priory Open Space, a site of specific scientific interest, Roxeth Recreation Ground, Canons Park and Stanmore Common.

A range of improvements will take place to include improved access to parks, the development of water courses, the addition of picnic areas, specific planting schemes to improve the biodiversity and educational value of the parks and supporting local schools by providing educational opportunities and sharing leisure facilities.

Notable achievements from last year saw new surfacing and planting on the Celandine route and Belmont trail. The tremendous response and enthusiasm from volunteers helped to clear shrubs and plant 12,000 bulbs and 9,000 trees during 960 hours of volunteer support.

Harrow Council portfolio holder for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “We should consider all our green spaces as a much valued asset as they deliver a whole range of social, environmental and economic benefits to Harrow Borough. We are extremely fortunate to have some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in west London, four with Green Flag status, and a key element of our Green Grid policy is to conserve existing landscapes and natural environments while increasing access to nature and the outdoors.”

For more information on volunteering call Harrow Volunteering Service on 01895 422 730.

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