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Ealing Wildlife Group Nature Reserve

Funded on Spacehive 11 June 2020 Delivered 19 November 2022

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Ealing Wildlife Group Nature Reserve

Ealing Wildlife Group By Ealing Wildlife Group

Our idea is to transform an abandoned and forgotten green space into a thriving nature reserve to serve as a hub for conservation, education, and community engagement.

Greenford Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 11 Jun 2020!

We would like to take an old disused allotment site & turn it into a nature reserve & education centre. We plan to clear rubble, reinstate the pond, provide trails around the site. We'll encourage native plants, & manage for native wildlife. We want to install a storage area for our equipment and teaching facilities, bird feeders & houses, bat & bug homes, hedgehog homes, habitat features for frogs, toads, newts & reptiles such as slow worms. We want to plant native & ornamental flowers to help pollinators, & install log piles for rare stag beetles. We would like to install hides so people can come and observe the wildlife, take photos and learn about the wonders of the natural world. We would encourage citizen science by hosting bioblitzes as a chance for the community to help us record species for organizations like Greenspace Information for Greater London, Bat Conservation Trust, London Wildlife Trust, RSPB. We could also host schools and scouts groups & have community open days.

What we'll deliver:

  • Clear the site of all rubble and rubbish to make it safe for people and wildlife friendly
  • Restore the wetland area and pond that has been choked and overgrown by bramble and scrub
  • Make the site accessible via paths and screen hides while keeping it wild for wildlife
  • Make a hub for education/community outreach, classroom and storage (likely renovated shipping container)
  • Manage the space for wildlife through volunteering so people can come and see the diversity of wildlife in Ealing

Why it's a great idea:

Green space is under continued threat from developers all over the borough. Transforming this space into an educational nature reserve provides a vital space for children and adults to learn about and appreciate nature and it also helps save it from development. It will help people to get outside and exercise, volunteer in the community, develop an appreciation of nature and wildlife, and teach future generations to conserve and protect the environment. People can learn about the life cycle of a pond, why insects are so important for the ecosystem, how to identify birds and attract them into their own gardens, and how to protect declining species like hedgehogs. Being out in nature is also calming and relaxing and has been shown to have many health benefits. It can boost mood, calm anxiety, lower blood pressure, ease stress, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It also has many mental benefits such as improved memory, increased attention span & social cohesion

Steps to get it done:

  • clear the rubble and rubbish from the site
  • reinstate the pond and wetland area
  • set up a storage area for tools and supplies
  • prune the brambles and create paths through the reserve
  • planting flowers and grasses
  • adding a bird feeding station, bird boxes, insect hotels, hedgehog houses, and bat boxes
  • install a shipping container to function as a classroom/meeting area

This project is a long term one which will protect green space for generations. EWG are lacking a physical space to call our own, to store our equipment & supplies, to act as a hub for our activities & outreach. As well as being our physical hub, the development of the space as a fine example of conservation in action in the centre of an ethnically & culturally diverse community such as Greenford will be documented on our website, YouTube channel & various social media channels. We hope it will be a shining example of establishing a nature reserve for biodiversity, environment & community benefit through the power of community volunteering & collaboration with our local Council. We'll be carrying out detailed biodiversity surveys before & during the development of the reserve to document what species come to call it home & give locals a sense of pride & ownership in the space, as well as just how important it is to protect these isolated islands of green in our urban landscapes.

Location Greenford

About the space

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London Borough of Ealing

How will the money be spent?Total £18,500

Converted shipping container with windows & electricity - £6,910 (37%)
Path works - £4,050 (22%)
Pond excavation - £2,500 (14%)
Type one pad for 10x20 container - £1,525 (8%)
Litter removal - £987 (5%)
Tree work-willow pollarding - £450 (2%)
Clearance works - £450 (2%)
Solar Panels - £260 (1%)
Contingency/miscellaneous supplies - £200 (1%)
Other - £1,168 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Converted shipping container with windows & electricity
Path works
Pond excavation
Type one pad for 10x20 container
Litter removal
Tree work-willow pollarding
Clearance works
Solar Panels
Contingency/miscellaneous supplies
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We see this nature reserve as an ongoing project and are applying for phase 1 funding to get the site secured, accessible and open to volunteers and the local community to start developing and using it. Extra funds can allow us to buy more supplies, plants, educational equipment for the classroom area, go into subsidising course tutors from external bodies to come and facilitate learning sessions (e.g Froglife, Field Studies Council etc). The possibilities are endless.
  • What we'd anticipate funding from a second phase, or indeed over funding on this round is to erect a shelter deep within the reserve with natural seating arrangements to allow small gatherings (e.g. forest school activity, a gathering spot for educational talks and walks). We also want to buy a static bat detector which can be left in place to monitor what bat species are passing through the reserve, and indeed could be used to monitor other locations in the Borough. Wildlife cameras could also be installed.

Total £18,500

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • solar panels, decking materials, fencing, water butts and guttering, native meadow and waterside plants, large retractable awning
  • Decking designing and building skills, knowledge of designing and implementing a green roof
  • Trail cams, bird feeders, bat boxes, bird houses, old wood/stumps, classroom supplies, microscopes, outdoor tables, outdoor chairs, benches, recycled materials we can build things with, owl boxes, native seeds

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