|The road to the Centre - could almost be countryside|
|Path to woodland exploration|
|The pond-dipping pond|
|Another exciting path into the woods|
|This pond is protected for the undistrubed breeding of frogs, toads and newts|
|The fairly recently built dipping pond for wheelchair users|
|The toilet block - a necessity!|
The above photographs, taken in the absence of the chatter of excited primary school children, shows what we could lose if the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre were to close. It also shows the investment Thames21 made in improvement of the facilities to cater for ALL children.
Today in a response to a request from Wembley Matters, Brent councillors Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment and Thomas Stephens, Lead Member for Schools, Employment and Skills said:
We thank Thames21 for all their work over the years, teaching children about nature and the importance of protecting our environment. We have been working with Thames21 for some time on the challenges they faced and offered assistance, but we understand the difficult decision they have taken.
It is essential that we continue to support young people, schools and families to learn more about their environment. This is especially important as we continue to work with and alongside our communities to tackle the twin climate and ecological emergencies.
To this end, we are now exploring all options to secure the future of the Environmental Education Centre at the Welsh Harp, in conversation with our local schools, community leaders and voluntary groups.
Since Wembley Matters published the news that Thames21 were relinquishing the lease there has been widespread support on social media for the Centre which many adults in Brent attended as children.
I understand that Brent Parks Forum is working with a consortium of local organisations to make a Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy application to retain the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre. Such a bid will have to demonstrate community support for the application. To express your support please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your reasons for supporting the bid and your name and address . I am sure they will also welcome offers of help from any experts in bid-writing or other useful skills.
Let's all pull together to save this vital resource.