Jan 15 2013

Habitat Restoration Works at Bentley Priory Open Space

bentley_priory_nature_reserveBentley Priory Open Space is a local Nature Reserve forming part of the Green Belt area in the north of the borough of Harrow.

It is of national importance because of the uncommon habitats and rare wildflowers it harbours and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of this. The Mayor of London also sees it as being important to all the communities of London, as well as Harrow, which is reflected in its designation as a Site of Metropolitan Importance.

Financed by a Heritage Lottery Grant, for three years, work will take place to restore large areas of overgrown scrub to pasturage and wildflower-rich meadowland.

This work will be phased to the seasons so as to minimise any disturbance to people and wildlife,

The first phase will commence this month on 14th January 2013 and should be completed by the end of February; it will involve the removal of areas of invasive overgrowth (scrub and bramble) to admit light and encourage the re-creation of meadow heathland, habitats which are very rare in Harrow and London.

The work will be monitored and supervised by BPNRMC steering group in conjunction with Harrow Council. The specialist contractors Complete Ecology is to undertake the work

So please bear with us, and any disruption, which might take place while the work is carried out – it will be worth it! If you have any concerns or queries please contact the Project Manager Camilla Bath at camilla.bath@virgin.net or call 07736660781.

P.Peretti AA Dip. RIBA
Volunteer Conservation Warden

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