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Feb 20 2013

Volunteers and Harrow Council join forces to improve green spaces

harrow_council_logoVolunteers will join Harrow Council to breathe a fresh lease of life into the borough’s parks and wildlife areas as part of the Council’s innovative Green Grid scheme.

An army of 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 innovative Green Grid scheme.

A number of parks and open spaces will be landscaped and improved throughout the year. The work will include the planting of trees and shrubs, picnic areas, improved pathways into parks, plus exciting educational opportunities and visits for local schools.

Work has already started with open spaces being cleared in woodlands at Stanmore Country Park and Stanmore Common.

Other areas that will be improved over the coming weeks include:

  • Queensbury Recreation Ground
  • Bentley Priory Open Space (a site of specific scientific interest)
  • Roxeth Recreation Ground, Canons Park and Stanmore Common
  • Newton Farm Ecology Park

Harrow Council’s Divisional Director of Planning, Stephen Kelly, said: “Alongside providing opportunities for new development and investment into the borough, to support homes, jobs and regeneration, our vision has always been to celebrate and improve upon the large network of green spaces and links that extend across the borough, from the Green Belt to small green corridors. The Green Grid project represents a significant investment of staff and volunteer time in helping to make positive change to the ecology and environment of the borough. Now entering our third year, this objective has already helped shape new development such as the Kodak site, as well as secured direct funding from developers. We are extremely fortunate to have some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in west London, four with Green Flag status.”

Harrow Heritage Trust Chair, Martin Verden, a retired international steel man of Moss Lane, Pinner, added: “The support we have received from Harrow Council has been outstanding and we are working closely in partnership to improve our beautiful green spaces and conservation areas. We have regular meetings with the Council and the authority is very sympathetic to our ideas. The Green Grid is not just about improving our major conservation areas such as Bentley Priory or Stanmore Country Park – it’s about linking all our green spaces together no matter how big or small. We are so lucky to be one of the greenest boroughs in London and this is a wonderful project that enables residents to become involved in the great outdoors.”

Green Grid achievements from last year saw dedicated volunteers put in 960 hours of work between them. They planted 12,000 bulbs and 9,000 trees in the borough’s open spaces including Stanmore Marsh, the Celandine route and Belmont trail.

The Green Grid scheme provides a great opportunity to volunteer and gain invaluable nature conservation and horticultural skills, plus experience for residents who may wish to gain a career working outdoors.

For more information on how to volunteer for the Green Grid Scheme contact 01895 422 730.

Source: Harrow Council

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