The project to restore Headstone Manor Museum and create an exciting programme of events has been running for several years...
...and in 2019 works started on another phase of restoration work at Headstone which focuses on the wider parkland in which the Manor House and Museum sit.
The contractor Ground Control, working on behalf of the Council, has recommenced works that can be done within Government and Public Health England guidelines. The Council has also reviewed and approved the contractor’s risk assessment and method statements so that work can be undertaken safely to protect their employees and also members of the public.
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 (OLO) , employed by key project partner, charity Thames21, is based at the Park and works closely with the Friends of Headstone Manor Park and other Park users to plan and implement a very varied activity programme. This includes: a schools programme, nature walks, wild family fun, an environmental fair, wildlife surveys and water monitoring. The OLO is also developing a programme to engage more volunteers in activities such as conservation action days and event support to help maintain the Park as a great place for people and wildlife.
Update: 1st June 2020
The contractor Ground Control re-started works on site in early May. The team are currently making the most of the good weather and the low visitor numbers to the Park, to make progress on the project.
After such a wet winter, groundworks in the Park were behind schedule but now, with the drier conditions, the wetland and its surroundings can be completed. Excavated material is being used on site as far as possible however some is being taken to other open spaces in the Borough to create mounding against vehicle incursions. Elsewhere in the Park landscaping works such as seeding and footpath resurfacing is being finished; and the outdoor gym equipment will be moved into the play area.
As we move into June the team will continue with the opening up of Yeading Brook where it runs through a tunnel besides the playground. By next summer visitors to the Park will be able to enjoy a picnic by the Brook whilst enjoying wildlife and wildflowers around the cleaner, healthier waterway. They may even fancy a paddle in the water! Please see here for more information about river restoration work and the benefits it brings
The programme of events and activities at the Park is on hold due to Covid19 restrictions. However the Outdoor Learning Officer is encouraging participation in virtual activities such as Harrow Nature Heroes and signposting volunteers to training opportunities. For more info please see https://twitter.com/headstonepark
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 email@example.com
You can view the Park Master Plan and leave a comment, if you wish, via this link