Friends of Horsenden Hill – July Events

Horsenden Hill is a nature reserve and working farm situated in Ealing. They organise and host a fantastic series of events through-out the year, and provide opportunities to volunteer and learn new skills.

“Horsenden is the largest single nature conservation site within the borough at 100 hectares. Located in Perivale this site comprises of meadows, wetland and woodland habitat so there is plenty to see”.

Here is a list of what is on for July.

Sensory Sessions – live music in Horsenden’s Sensory Garden, 9 July @ 12:00pm – 5:00pm

An afternoon of live music in Horsenden’s enchanting Sensory Garden. Showcasing the best in local talent, the Sensory Sessions offer a wide range of musical styles to entertain you. The event is free, but the musicians may pass the hat so please feel free to give generously.The line up will be announced shortly so watch this space. If you are interested in performing, ping an email to

Scything course, 9 July @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Horsenden Farm is a rural oasis that feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, while being a short tube ride to central London. At Horsenden we have a proud history of keeping rural crafts alive and employing traditional methods to manage the woodlands and the farm. Horse logging, coppicing, greenwood working, hazel weaving, scything and hedge laying are among many rural skills practiced here – crafts that were practiced by our ancestors yet are still relevant today, and that satisfy the senses so much more than modern mechanical methods. Taught by Clive Leeke, a nationally renowned hedgelayer, you will learn this ancient craft in good company, in a beautiful London location.

Walks with Martin Smith – London’s Coronation Meadow, 16 July @ 10:30am – 12:15pm

A stroll round the meadows for history, wild flowers and butterflies. From the Coronation Meadows website: Part of Horsenden Hill, the largest single nature conservation site within the Borough of Ealing, Horsenden West is the Coronation Meadow for Greater London. Bordered by the Grand Union Canal it contains a mosaic of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ponds. “Between the 1950s and 1980s, the site had very little nature conservation value as it was mostly cut as amenity grass. However now it is managed for the wildflowers, walking through it gives you the impression you’re in the countryside, not greater London. The surrounding habitats are also valuable, including wetlands and mature hedges” – Tim Crane, London Borough of Ealing Ranger

Janice Burns & Jon Doran – outdoor concert, 25 July @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Concert details: Join us for an evening with the splendiferous traditional folk duo Janice Burns and Jon Doran. This will be an outdoor concert in the courtyard, with seating on the grass as well as chairs and benches. Bring a blanket and cushion for comfort. (If it looks like rain, it’ll move to the Hayloft)… Continue reading Janice Burns & Jon Doran – outdoor concert

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