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GREEN FINGERS: Volunteers clear up Northwood ‘swamp corner’ to plant paradise

 Published on: 7th June 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A group of 14 volunteers from the Northwood and Northwood Hills areas took place in a pond planting session recently to further improve Northwood Recreation Ground.

In a collaboration between the Friends of Northwood Recreation Ground and Hillingdon Borough Council, the event was focused around sprucing up inside and around two ponds, which until recently had been nicknamed ‘swamp corner’ due to its treacherous conditions.

Some of the plants that can now be seen around the much-improved area includes forget-me-nots, water lilies and marsh marigolds.

It also seems as though the hard work of the volunteers has paid off, with reports of dragonflies and ducks being spotted in the weeks following the planting.

The work is the latest in a series of collaborations the council and FNRG that has seen the restoration of the historical Jubilee Walkway between the recreation ground and Haste Hill restored.

The park has also had a range of wildflower meadows planted around it.

Ben Rawson-Jones, founder of FNRG, said: “It’s wonderful to see the local community and council work together like this and my huge thanks go to all involved.

“A part of the park that was in a very treacherous and unusable state last year has been transformed into a blossoming area that’s of huge benefit to nature, wildlife and residents. The recent sightings of ducks in the pond has caused such a positive buzz in the area!”

If you wish to find out more about the FNRG group or get involved, please email northwoodrecfriends@gmail.com or search for the group on Facebook.

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