A survey of the plant ( + bee & spider) life in Perivale West Meadows.

The Greenford to Gurnell Greenway is a project to transform underused and disconnected green space along the river Brent in West London connecting Greenford town centre to Gurnell Leisure centre. It is one of six initiatives to improve green spaces as part of the London National Park City project.

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Perivale Park, August 18th, 2018.

There was finally some rain last week, and the cosmos in particular have picked themselves up.
A dead tree seems even more petrified, nay ghostly, than usual!

A bridge across Coston’s brook always has a hop plant growing on it, and this year’s harvest looks particularly enticing!
Meanwhile, the main wildflower planting area never did get going this year, apart from a small patch in the centre, which although stunted, has some colour.

Perivale Park, July 28, 2018.

After two months of no rain, several people I know performed rain dances last night. The result was much thunder and a great deal of heavy rain – everywhere except Perivale Park! Despite that, the spring wild flower plantings are still looking great – I guess they must all be pretty draught tolerant. Here are some photos taken this morning.


The RedGreen group project.

Groundwork UK is a charity that aims to re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods. They provide grants under an “Our Space” awards scheme for small-scale community projects. A group of locals meet in Perivale Park every week under the “everyone active” scheme (https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/perivale-park-athletics-track/ ) to take gentle exercise in the athletics track there. During the summer, when the track is often used for schools sports days, we decamp to the park proper. Last year from this viewpoint we watched as the wild flower meadows blossomed. This is of course so much more in the park, including a wide variety of trees and shrubs. We also noticed that an old bowling green had become neglected these last few years and the Our Space award seemed a wonderful chance for us to do something about it and provide a new amenity in the neighbourhood.

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Perivale Park, London. July 7, 2018.

March and April this year was heavy on rain. As a result, the 2018 wild flower plantings only got under way on May 8th, when a tractor came along, prepared the soil and planted the wild flower seeds.

Since then there has been little rain, and so only the very hardy thistles have flourished. But one or two areas have managed to produce an early profusion of colour – mainly the poppies.

The border above is new this year, being adjacent to the oak copse planted about 10 years ago and now with nicely maturing trees.
You can see how dry it is from the photo below (the oak copse is to the left).

Regular updates following the flowers this year will appear here, along with notes on rain (or lack of it!).

New green spaces for the banks of the River Brent.

The banks of the river Brent close to Perivale Park in London are about to be enhanced with reed beds, wetlands, meadows, woodland and orchards. This is a fantastic new local resource for the area! Photographs of the existing fields will appear here shortly and as the development proceeds more will be added to illustrate how the transformation is proceeding.

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