This project will transform the filthy Greenford Bridge area and river path along Ruislip Road East.
A phased approach will help manage funding and project delivery.
Phase 1: Upstream of Bridge - 200m
- ease access to river pathway
- revive riverbank by bridge area
- improve light, sight lines and river visibility
- add to riverside biodiversity with native/marginal plants
- introduce boxes, preserve areas to support & protect wildlife
Phase 2: Downstream - 50m
- improve riverside and path
Phase 3: Area opposite Costons Brook
- add ‘Iconic feature’ eg millstone; sculpture in natural material
- build bug hotels
- add to wild meadow area and native/orchard planting
- add information boards
Phase 4: Greenford Ave to Cuckoo Ave
- widen path and manage hedges
- establish river walk along the ‘oxbow’ section
- clear river litter where safe to do so
Phase 5: Cuckoo Ave to Rail Bridge
- improve access, widen/even path for less abled or pushchair passage
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
At the moment the riverside near Greenford Bridge and along Ruislip Road East is invisible or inaccessible to the community - and it has been surrendered to undesirable behaviour. This project will transform a forgotten area into a new 'river park' and a major asset - three of Ealing’s wards will directly benefit, plus the wider community will gain access to a renewed healthier, safer, cleaner riverside environment with refreshed native planting supporting a diverse wildlife population.
The existing intensity of the scrub and trees creates dark uninviting paths, hidden pockets and blind bends that makes the area feel unsafe. As a result the area is under-used by the public whereas it should be an integral part of a prosperous inclusive community.
The location is a natural focal point and is part of the local history - the transformed riverside will be an iconic landmark where people can now enjoy the space, learn about its link with the past, and experience the riverside habitat.
Steps to get it done:
Greenford Bridge is a vital and heavily used communication link for pedestrians, walking groups, cyclists, buses and vehicles. It is used by locals and those passing through Ealing so this area is seen by many people throughout the year.
Creating an iconic open space by the river that people can enjoy and experience safely will benefit and add value for the community, nearby schools, and all the users of this locality, and help connect people more with the environment.
Without the investment this significant space will continue to be an eyesore in parts, perceived as a dangerous place to be avoided, and be a barrier to people's potential enjoyment.
This project will help reclaim and establish a valuable and healthy green break in people’s suburban living. The variety of wildlife environments created along this river park will give them the opportunity to experience different natural areas in a safe and relaxing way, and enable open access to a river habitat in an urban area.
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