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. Please scroll down the page for the latest update.
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: 8th July 2020
Since re-starting in May the Ground Control team has been busy, the playground is almost finished and is looking amazing especially as the recent cool weather has allowed the grass to get well established. Footpath diversions have been in place recently as the tunnel, built in the 1960s to put Yeading Brook underground was removed. Many rivers were placed in concrete channels at that time but we now know that this makes flooding worse. For the first time in 50 years part of the Brook is open to daylight and the life it brings. Plants and animals will soon start colonising the water and the banks will planted up with native species. For more information about river restoration work and the benefits it brings. Elsewhere in the Park the wetland actually looks like a dry river channel after months of resembling a muddy hole and a new bridge, which will connect the Park to the Harrow View West housing development, is in place. Over the coming months this channel will be planted with reeds so that polluted water entering the site is naturally filtered. Read about urban wetlands and the benefits they bring.
We have lots of great events and activities planned for the Park and as Covid19 restrictions are eased we hope to run some activities in the autumn. Works on site are expected to be completed towards the end of this year with a celebration event taking place in Spring 2021. Are you interested in getting more involved in the Park: helping to plant up the new habitats; looking out for nature and recording what you see; caring for the woodland; helping to run events. Do get in touch if you’d like more information about volunteering; or if you have any questions about the project and the planned outdoor programme for schools. https://twitter.com/headstonepark firstname.lastname@example.org
Find our more about the Park Project
You can view the Park Master Plan and leave a comment, if you wish, via this link