Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Please sign the petition to improve the Quainton Street Open Space and Brent River/Feeder Walk - Deadline December 1st

Quainton Street Open Space (top right) -the trees trace the route of the River Brent towards St Davids Open Space
Quainton Street Open Space is one of the hidden delights of Brent - when it is not covered in litter... A section of it is on the Brent Green Walk I devised LINK

Now there is a great proposal to request Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure funds to improve the Quainton Street Open Space and the rive/feeder course from the Welsh Harp. The deadline is December 1st. Please sign HERE

From Brent Rivers and Community Project

On 21 November 2019, we went to Quainton Street Open Space again for the second event of the series. The objectives this time were to pick litter from the park area and surroundings, and to open access to the river. But, we did much more than that… In addition to the proposed activities, the group of eager volunteers cleared the towpath making it safe for passersby to walk on.

In this cloudy and breezy autumn day, we started to work at 10.30 am, and stopped at 2.30pm, despite the call from volunteers to continue.

Many peculiar items were collected, this time we found a collection of vintage bottle tops, a funny hat and other unusual pieces. It seems that there are small abandoned camp sites in the park, each of them containing huge amounts of litter. We are looking to have them all cleared after the third event on 30 November 2019.

The aftermath: 58 bags of litter, 2 mattresses, as well as many clothes and shoes - and this cleared space!

During the event, there were also wildlife occurrences, and two were noteworthy: the presence of toads near the pond area, and a kingfisher. “It is great to see these organisms at Quainton Street Open Space, I couldn’t imagine that they would live here”, said a volunteer. We will continue to spot and report wildlife in and around the River Brent, highlighting the importance of biodiversity.

In the next events that will happen on the 30th November and then in January and February, participants will have the opportunity to help the river and park area further, to expand their knowledge on the River Brent, meet other people, share experiences and expand their network. As well as building dead hedges and bird nesting boxes.


Building on the great start of the Brent Rivers and Communities project at Quainton Recreation Ground, we’re pulling together an application for Brent Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) funding to extend riparian improvements and create a riverside walk in the park just downstream of the Welsh Harp reservoir..

Community support with make a BIG difference to this application!
The deadline is Sunday 1st December.

Walk the riverside & discover nature safely: Wembley to the Welsh Harp SSSI

Please Sign! Forward and Share this petition LINK
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Everyone’s signature will help to make a real difference! 

1 comment:

Philip Grant said...

I have signed the petition, to support this community project in an important wildlife corridor.

I got to know the Quainton Street area, and its open space, when researching the fascinating story of Neasden's Railway Village. If you are interested, you can find my illustrated article about the history of the area on the Brent Archives website at: