Local residents’ hard work at Northwood Recreation Ground has paid off, as an increase in wildlife has been spotted at the park.
Last May, the Friends of Northwood Recreation Ground (FONRG) worked with Hillingdon Council to plant new wildflower meadows and flowers around two ponds in the public space.
Now, a few months later, it seems their hard work has paid off, as residents have reported seeing dragonflies, ducks and other animals returning to the location, making it a far more pleasant place for people to visit.
Now, the group is preparing for the second phase of their plan to improve the park.
This would entail new benches and even an orchard, but the key development will be work to improve the area’s drainage ditches, which in the recent wet winters have created slippery conditions for walking.
Ben Rawson-Jones, founder of FONRG, said: “It’s delightful to see the hard work from the volunteers paying off in such an eye-catching way.
“The extremely dry conditions made us fear the worst, but the wildflowers managed to find a way through and spread their colour and biodiversity across the park.
“Huge thanks to Dragana from Hillingdon Council for her amazing efforts in making this all happen.”