Empowering people to improve their green spaces, enhance their environment, and boost wellbeing.
The fenced off area in Heathfield Gardens contains three ponds. The area is currently dishevelled, dirty and unattractive, currently an eyesore attracting vermin, litter and antisocial behaviour. But imagine this as a beautiful, tranquil spot - a haven for local residents and wildlife, a learning spot for local nurseries and young school children to explore and learn, a respite for the care homes in the area and a place where beautiful wildlife could flourish and provide trees and bushes to absorb some of the traffic pollution on Gunnersbury Lane. The benefits would be as follows: - A sanctuary for local residents, to enjoy a beautiful water & naturegarden - A haven for wildlife to flourish - Reduce (absorb) some of the pollution from Gunnersbury Lane - A sensory garden for local elder persons and children alike to enjoy - A resource for local nurseries and schoolchildren to visit, explore & learn - Contribute to building the local community
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This overlooked pond area in Heathfield Gardens is just waiting to be awakened. It could so obviously be a beautiful spot in the gardens, instead of the eyesore and uninviting spot that it is currently. We have a local water feature which we're not using - and it wouldn't take much work to transform this space from a place people avoid to somewhere that we can all enjoy, young and old alike. It could be an additional recreational facility in Acton instead of somewhere we avoid and which currently provides a 'hideout' for unsavoury behaviour, rubbish and vermin. It would bring pleasure to this highly urban and congested area and enhance the small playground attached to it, as well as the fruit orchard planted back in 2013 as a local residents' project. It would create a better sense of community and open up our social engagement by creating a beautiful - and lasting - sanctuary for everyone to enjoy. It would also restore what was originally part of Gunnersbury Park to its past beauty.
Steps to get it done:
We would undertake this project so that local residents can participate - both to have their say in the design of the pond area, but also in volunteer events to help restore it. We would work with local nurseries and primary schools for children also to engage in the process and to ensure that the area could cater for all different types of needs. Finally, we would engage a pan-disability services to engage in the planning and design of the restored gardens to ensure that they are properly accessible to meet these needs. This project would be in association with Capel Manor College, linked to their animal and horticulture and gardening courses - so that students will use heathfield gardens as a field site for their practical work experience for their course (10 days). Gunnersbury Park have also offered to contribute with staff and volunteer community days, providing labour and tools to help clear and plant the site. Finally, we hope to work with Ealing Council Ranger Volunteer sch
About the space
London Borough of Ealing