We are pleased to announce that we have been featured on the Harrow Council website for our successful collaboration over Newton Park: http://www.harrow.gov.uk/news/article/595/neglected_park_revived
Harrow Council and Ebsford Environmental have joined forces to improve the 46 Hectare site in South Harrow. Once complete it will have more open space and better facilities. The whole community will have access to wildlife that was not available previously.
The improvement plans include river restoration, flood defence works, new footpaths, two new bridges, and create visually pleasing landscaped areas and biodiverse wildlife habitats. Dangerous trees and non-native species will be also be being removed and three wetlands will be created and planted with aquatic plants.
The construction of a new flood defence wall at the south west corner of the road will raise the flood protection levels for 13 properties immediately downstream of the park which were identified at risk of surface water and river flooding in a 1 in 100-year event.
Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:
“We know how much this park is loved and used by all our residents. That’s why we want to make it better, more attractive and encourage healthier living. Alongside the flood alleviation for the local area, our joint work with Ebsford Environment will also introduce exciting new features that will help the environment, ensure easier access, and help improve the quality of life for local people.”
Adam Rolfe, director at Ebsford Environmental Ltd said: “This is our latest in a series of collaborative projects with the team at Harrow. From the start our teams have worked hand in hand to develop and refine all elements of the scheme with the aim of maximising environmental, social and wider sustainability benefits.
“The Environment Agency, Thames 21 and specialist consultants Metis have also played crucial parts in the collaborative process by helping to take the original Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) and turn it into a FAS, which includes: Wetland cells for improving water quality in the brook; Improved user experience within the park via new paths, interpretation installations and entrance treatments; Naturalised landforms with native wildflower meadows; and Bio-engineered erosion control using site won materials.”