The project to restore Headstone Manor Museum and create an exciting programme of events has been running for several years...
...and this year preliminary works have started on another phase of restoration work at Headstone which focuses on the wider parkland in which the Manor House and Museum sit.
This restoration phase has come about thanks to significant awards from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund; the GLA via their Green Capital grant and further funding from Harrow Parks, Green Grid and Developer Contributions.
The Park Project aims to:
‘Restore the quality, vitality and attractiveness of the Park, its landscapes, wildlife and natural habitats whilst improving visitor experience, engagement and enhancing skills of volunteers in order to ensure the long term sustainability of the park’
The priorities for this project have been arrived at through widespread consultation with park users and the wider community. A biodiversity survey and an arboricultural assessment of the Park’s trees were also commissioned. The issue of seasonal flooding in the area, ongoing pollution incidents in the Manor House Moat and Yeading Brook, as well as the extensive development of housing adjacent to the Park have also been key factors in the formation of the plans.
The Park project will desilt the historic 14th century Moat and construct a sedimentation pond and reed bed system to provide better water quality within the Moat and subsequently in Yeading Brook.
Other key elements of the project include the installation of new play equipment and park furniture such as seating, picnic benches and signage; the creation of footpaths and a nature trail; the planting of an orchard and new trees; and the improvement of the Park’s natural habitats such as woodland, watercourses, meadows and hedgerows. Yeading Brook will be de-culverted and its course diverted to create meanders and shallower banks, work which will reduce flooding and improve the aquatic environment.
Ground Control, a commercial grounds maintenance and landscape contractor, has been awarded the contract to undertake the Park project. The company which has extensive experience in delivering similar large landscape projects has now set up on site and the main landscaping works have commenced.
In addition to the capital works the Parks project includes the delivery of an Activity Plan for the community which has included the recruitment of an outdoor learning officer and the creation of 2 horticultural apprenticeships in the Park. The Outdoor Learning Officer, is employed by a key project partner, the charity Thames21, but is based at the Park, and is working closely with the Friends of Headstone Manor Park and other Park users to plan and implement a wide variety of events such as a schools programme, nature walks, wild family fun, an environmental fair, wildlife surveys; and to further develop the volunteering programme to engage more volunteers in activities such as conservation action days, event support and generally helping to maintain the Park as a place for people and wildlife.
Update: 18th February 2020
Over the past six weeks Ground Control, the main project Contractor, has continued to work on the creation of the sedimentation ponds and reed beds; and on World Wetlands Day, 2nd Feb, visitors to the Park had the opportunity to view the formative ponds & reed beds. This was combined with a short talk about wetlands and an explanation of how these new features will not only filter & clean the polluted water coming into the Park but will also attract lots of wildlife.
The diversion of Yeading Brook close to the Pinner View entrance is now complete, the line of the brook has been modified to create a more natural line and slow the water down in times of heavy rain. Work will now continue to landscape this area and finish footpaths around the foot bridge. The refurbishment of the playground is well underway; this includes relocation of some of the existing equipment and the installation of new equipment including swings with cradle seats and natural log play features. The playground will be closed for several more weeks.
Works to de-culvert ( open up) the Brook next to the playground are about to start and footpath diversions are in place, please see site notices in the Park for more information. Some site deliveries are expected at the Headstone Lane entrance to the Park during this part of the project and these will be planned around school drop off/ pick up times.
Find our more about the Park Project
To find out more about the proposals for the Park including volunteering opportunities, the outdoor programme for schools and events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view the Park Master Plan and leave a comment, if you wish, via this link