Community Gardens and Biodiversity

Ealing Wildlife Group is an inclusive community of locals interested in nature and wildlife in the Borough of Ealing and beyond. As well as sharing knowledge, sightings, and photos, Ealing Wildlife Group seek advice, lobby local authorities and developers, organise educational events, arrange outings and celebrate the wonderful wildlife we share our surroundings with. Passionate about nature, this community of likeminded individuals, made up of a dedicated group of volunteers, local experts, and amateur naturalists, are keen to continue to learn, and actively conserve, it. Relying on citizen science, Ealing Wildlife Group also collect and submit data on biodiversity in Ealing.

For more information, visit their website by clicking here. Or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The council maintains over 160 parks and open spaces, used by Ealing residents and visitors for recreation, relaxation and sport. The park rangers are a team of seven, who undertake conservation management and community engagement in parks.

The rangers collaborate with numerous community and conservation groups and individual volunteers to maintain and enhance parks for biodiversity. You can join their volunteers, by emailing parks@ealing.gov.uk and they will let you know about upcoming events and activities in parks.

You can also find out how to set up your own park group or project here.

Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on. Froglife has worked with Ealing council to restore and create pond habitats to ensure that Ealing remains a stronghold for these species. In addition to this, Ealing is home to one of the London T.O.A.D project’s nature trails and Froglife continues to hold events that engage the community with local wildlife.

For more information, click here to visit their website. You can also connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

LAGER Can was founded in February 2017 by local residents with the primary goal to make the borough’s open spaces cleaner and greener. Since then, they have grown exponentially with membership exceeding 1,800 by October 2021, a number that continues to grow! They work with a variety of partners including Ealing Council, the Canal & River Trust, businesses, and schools. LAGER Can is a very active group, with volunteers working every day independently or in groups, removing hundreds of bags of rubbish, recyclables and piles of unbaggable items from our open space (check out their real-time progress here).

They have also developed, and maintain, a Rose Garden near Alwyne and Manor Court Roads in Hanwell.

In May 2017, their fantastic work was recognised at a national level as they received a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

If you would like to know more about LAGER Can, click here. You can also get in touch by emailing lagercan2020@gmail.com. Or, find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Friends of Horsenden Hill are a voluntary group that, with the support of Ealing Rangers, help to look after Horsenden Hill. Made up of three main areas, this is the largest single nature conservation site within the borough at 100 hectares and comprises of meadows, wetland and woodland habitat. The Friends engage in numerous activities that support biodiversity and conservation and, where possible, use traditional methods of land management such as conservation grazing, hedge laying, woodland management and tree planting among other activities.

The group raise funds to make improvements to community spaces at Horsenden Hill, such as the Sensory Garden and Cosy Corner where people can relax and take in the sights and sounds of nature. They also organise community events including the annual Apple Day and Christmas Fayre, craft workshops, expert led foraging days and guided walks on Horsenden Hill.

If you would like to get involved and join this enthusiastic team of volunteers, email contact@friendsofhorsendenhill.org.uk to find out about their regular volunteering sessions.

To find out more information about Friends of Horsenden Hill, click here. Or, connect with them on Facebook.

The Ealing Common Society was founded in 1991 to foster, preserve and protect the facilities, amenities and fabric of the open space in Ealing Common. The Society works to improve, and raise awareness about, The Common through practical projects, such as the planting of hundreds of bulbs and mulberry trees. They organise a range of activities for both members and the general public, this includes guided walks exploring the common, as part of the London Open Spaces festival.

If you would like more information, or to get involved, email ealcomsoc@gmail.com. St Martin’s Parish Office (Rear of Church Hall), Hale Gardens, London. W3 9SQ.

The Mill Hill Park Residents’ Association (MHPRA) was founded in 2004 with the aim of stopping environmental and architectural degradation in the Mill Hill Park Conservation Area. Much of its work has focused on enhancing the green spaces in Mill Hill Park and the surrounding area. Examples include distributing saplings provided by the Woodland Trust to local residents; redesigning and replanting the Crown Street Pocket Garden (on receipt of Ward Forum funding); planting a community orchard in Heathfield Gardens with the help of the London Orchard Project and Ealing Transition; and, along with other groups, campaigning successfully for improvements to be made to Heathfield Gardens which resulted in the award of a Green Flag.

In 2019, the MHPRA launched a litter-picking initiative to keep its local streets and green spaces clean. MHPRA volunteers have since been joined by other Acton residents and the area covered has expanded beyond Mill Hill Park. In 2021, the MHPRA donated some children’s litter-picking equipment to a local primary school. The MHPRA is a member of LAGER Can.

If you would like to find out more about the MHPRA and its activities, click here or email millhillparkra@gmail.com.

Wolf Fields Nature Reserve, acquired and brought to life by A Rocha in 2014, is a beautiful multipurpose greenspace, located on Norwood Road, Southall. Originally an unloved space used for waste dumping, the site now boasts a food growing plot, sensory garden, wildlife pond, wildflower meadow, and an orchard supported by the apiary. These additions by A Rocha have had a noticeable impact on biodiversity, providing valuable habitats for local wildlife.

The site is now well used by local community groups, colleges, schools and faith institutions for outdoor learning and formal/informal gathering. The Wolf Fields offered an incredible space for physical and mental healing and recovery and is now registered as a “Social Prescribing Project”. The project is run in partnership with local GP surgeries.

With new developments, including an “art project” and “disability project” (yet to be completed after lockdown), it is hoped that the site will become an excellent space for enjoyment and learning about the natural environment.

Everyone is welcome to join the volunteer work parties that take place every Wednesday, 10.30-1.30pm.

If you would like more information, please direct your email to Reserve Manager, Kailean Khongsai at: kailean.khongsai@arocha.org

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