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TRANSFORMATION: How a community organisation is transforming a beloved Pinner park

 Published on: 21st July 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Friends of Roxbourne Park (FoRP) have taken it upon themselves to do all they can to transform the park and make it more enjoyable for residents of Pinner.

Last year, the committee decided to plant more trees using member funds, subscriptions and £500 from the Pinner Association to create a living memorial for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. They are now on track to install five mature trees near the playground in the next few months.

Groups of visitors worked together last month to remove an invasive plant species Himalayan balsam from the riverbanks in the park, which must be extracted in a certain way so as to not introduce even further invasive species such as Japanese knotweed. FoRP were joined by Woodlarks and Waders from Hillingdon Countryside and The Conservation Volunteers funded by Harrow Nature Conservation Forum to clear the plants.

On top of this, Harrow biodiversity officer Steve Whitbread is planning a major project to revitalise stagnant parts of Yeading Brook, from Headstone Manor through to Roxbourne Park. Steve has secured funding from the Mayor of London’s Rewilding Fund, an £850,000 grant that is split between 22 projects focusing on London’s Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation.

FoRP secretary Gerry Bloomfield told Pinnernews: “Everything we do is powered by volunteers, so it’s really great that friends both old and new have been helping all these years. We want Roxbourne Park to be the best in the area, and we help Harrow Council to keep it clean and available to all. Our motto is ‘for the community, by the community’. Long may it be so!”

To celebrate their amazing work, FoRP will be hosting a number of events throughout the summer to raise further funds for the park and its projects, and to thank the community for their support.

These include Save Sunday Music, a musical event on alternating Sundays throughout the summer, and the ROXYFest 2023 Family Funday & Dog Show on Sunday, September 24.

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