Green spaces booklet - London Borough of Hillingdon

Green spaces booklet - London Borough of Hillingdon

Green spaces booklet - London Borough of Hillingdon


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<strong>Hillingdon</strong>’s green <strong>spaces</strong><br />

for everyone to enjoy<br />


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All the photos used in this publication<br />

are courtesy <strong>of</strong> Graham Mullett.<br />

Front cover image taken at Church Field Gardens.<br />

Children’s play area<br />

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Walking/nature trail<br />

Leisure facilities<br />

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Children’s play area<br />

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are courtesy <strong>of</strong> Graham Mullett.<br />

Front cover image taken at Church Field Gardens.<br />

Children’s play area<br />

Refreshments<br />

Walking/nature trail<br />

Leisure facilities<br />

Cycling allowed<br />

Printed on recycled paper.

Welcome 1<br />

The second largest borough in <strong>London</strong>, <strong>Hillingdon</strong> <strong>of</strong>fers over 200 green<br />

<strong>spaces</strong> that cover approximately 1,800 acres. Whether you want a quiet<br />

place to sit and think, somewhere for the whole family to spend the day,<br />

or outdoor sports facilities to enjoy and benefit from, <strong>Hillingdon</strong> <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

something for everyone.<br />

Across the borough, there are formal gardens, town parks and<br />

informal nature conservation and country parks, as well as<br />

over 100 children’s play areas. We currently have six green flag<br />

sites, a National Nature Reserve at Ruislip Woods, and over<br />

40 Sites <strong>of</strong> Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), all <strong>of</strong><br />

which are open to the public.<br />

The council and local groups have worked together over<br />

several years to provide the information for this <strong>booklet</strong>. Our<br />

sites appeal to people <strong>of</strong> all ages, backgrounds and abilities,<br />

whatever their interests.<br />

Details on the Healthy Walks mentioned in this <strong>booklet</strong> can<br />

be viewed on our website, obtained from your local library or<br />

requested from the green <strong>spaces</strong> team.<br />

We welcome all feedback, which we will use to help us update<br />

promotional information and enhance the borough’s green<br />

<strong>spaces</strong> for everyone to enjoy.<br />

We hope you enjoy this introduction to a sample <strong>of</strong> some <strong>of</strong><br />

the large and smaller sites available in the borough. For more<br />

information on our green <strong>spaces</strong> or walks, and for details <strong>of</strong><br />

events throughout the year, visit the green <strong>spaces</strong> website.<br />

Cllr Sandra Jenkins<br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> Council’s cabinet member for environment

The parks patrol team<br />

The borough’s parks patrol team works seven days a week<br />

from 12.00 pm to 10.00 pm from Easter through to the end<br />

<strong>of</strong> September, and from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm from October<br />

to Easter. Park keepers work at Barra Hall Park, Church<br />

Field Gardens, and Fassnidge Park during busy times. In<br />

an emergency please ring the council’s green <strong>spaces</strong> team.

Courtesy code 3<br />

So that everyone can enjoy the borough’s green <strong>spaces</strong>, please<br />

remember:<br />

whether you’re on your own or part<br />

<strong>of</strong> a group<br />

in parks is<br />

illegal and anti-social<br />

not only is<br />

rubbish unsightly, it can also be dangerous to wildlife<br />

because <strong>of</strong> the volumes <strong>of</strong> litter,<br />

dumping <strong>of</strong> hot coals and food waste created<br />

every dog owner is responsible<br />

for ensuring their dog is not a danger or nuisance to other<br />

people or wildlife, and should carry a lead to use<br />

when needed<br />

waste bins are provided<br />

throughout the borough. Failure to clean up after your dog<br />

can result in an on-the-spot fine<br />

do not deliberately frighten wild birds and<br />

animals, try not to damage plants and trees, and leave gates<br />

as you find them<br />

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behaviour to the customer contact centre.<br />

Vandalism, graffiti, fly tipping, violence, and<br />

use <strong>of</strong> drugs are all criminal <strong>of</strong>fences and<br />

will be dealt with accordingly<br />

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you are visiting. A complete list <strong>of</strong> the<br />

borough’s green <strong>spaces</strong> byelaws is available<br />

from our website or via the contact centre.

Sites run by pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

tennis coaches<br />

Turn up and play sites<br />

Basketball court<br />

BMX track<br />

Bowling<br />

Bridleway<br />

Cricket table<br />

Cycle track<br />

Football pitches<br />

Golf course<br />

Hockey pitch<br />

Rugby pitch<br />

Running track<br />

Skate ramp<br />

Tennis courts<br />

Multi games<br />

wall/court<br />

Bessingby Park & Pine Gardens <br />

Botwell Recreation <br />

Bourne Farm Playing Fields<br />

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Cavendish Park <br />

Church Field Gardens<br />

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Colham <strong>Green</strong> <br />

Coney <strong>Green</strong> <br />

Cowley Recreation <br />

Deane Park <br />

Fassnidge Park <br />

Grosvenor Playing Field<br />

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Harmondsworth Recreation <br />

Haydon Hall<br />

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Hayes End Community Park <br />

Herlwyn Park <br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> Court Park <br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> House Farm<br />

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Ickenham <strong>Green</strong> <br />

King’s College Playing Fields <br />

Kingshill Avenue BMX<br />

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Lake Farm Country Park<br />

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Little Harlington Playing Fields <br />

Manor Farm Complex<br />

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Michael Frost Park<br />

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Moorhall Recreation<br />

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Northwood Recreation <br />

Pinkwell Park <br />

Pole Hill <br />

Rockingham Recreation <br />

Rosedale Park <br />

Ruislip Lido <br />

Sam Philp Recreation<br />

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Sidmouth Drive <br />

Sipson Recreation <br />

Skylark Meadows<br />

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Stockley Recreation <br />

Stockley Golf Course<br />

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Stonefield Park <br />

Swakeleys Drive Tennis Courts<br />

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Swakeleys Park (The Avenue)<br />

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Taylors Meadow <br />

The Closes <br />

Trevor Crescent <br />

Watts Common <br />

Willow Tree <br />

Yiewsley Recreation

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The green <strong>spaces</strong> team is responsible for the provision <strong>of</strong><br />

pitches for team sport at various locations across the borough.<br />

Football<br />

Pitches are available to hire on a weekly or seasonal basis<br />

for league, cup or casual games. We currently have 31<br />

senior, 16 junior and 13 soccer 7s pitches.<br />

Rugby<br />

We currently have two rugby pitches, which are available for<br />

weekly or seasonal hire for league, cup or casual games.<br />

Lawn Bowls<br />

There are 12 bowling greens across the borough for<br />

club and public bowling. These facilities are run by their<br />

individual bowls clubs, and each managing club keeps one<br />

rink available for public bowling, with the green fees payable<br />

to the club.<br />

Cricket<br />

We currently have three cricket tables for weekly or<br />

seasonal hire.<br />

Tennis<br />

At sites run by pr<strong>of</strong>essional tennis coaches, one court is<br />

kept available for public play, with fees payable to<br />

the pr<strong>of</strong>essional on site. When not in use by the<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional, all the courts are available for<br />

free play. Turn up and play sites are free to<br />

use.<br />

Other leisure facilities<br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> also has three skate ramps and<br />

five BMX tracks.<br />

For further details, please visit our website,<br />

or contact the council’s green <strong>spaces</strong> team.

Barra Hall Park<br />

On 20 December 1923, the then Hayes &<br />

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Barra Hall Park. The site is situated south<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Uxbridge Road via Grange Road,<br />

and covers an area <strong>of</strong> 21 acres. It is<br />

general park land with ornamental lawns,<br />

recreational grass areas, rose and shrub<br />

beds, seasonal bedding displays and a wide<br />

range <strong>of</strong> mature trees.

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“Bend it Like Beckham<br />

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The main building within the grounds is a grade-two listed<br />

manor house, which, at one time, was the town hall for<br />

Hayes and Harlington. Since its refurbishment, it is used by<br />

the SureStart organisation.<br />

There is also a bandstand, open-air theatre, refreshment<br />

kiosk and a children’s play area. Bend it Like Beckham,<br />

starring Kiera Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was<br />

filmed here.<br />

There are 10 entrances to the park, two in Wood End<br />

<strong>Green</strong> Road, two in Church Walk, one from the car park at<br />

Lynchgate Walk, four in Freemans Lane and one in<br />

Botwell Lane.<br />

The park is open every day throughout the year. The nearest<br />

train station is Hayes & Harlington; buses U4, H98 and 195<br />

serve the area.<br />

Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens and Lake Farm Country<br />

Park are close by.<br />

Trails <strong>of</strong> Discovery, Hayes, runs through this area.<br />

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Fassnidge Park<br />

Fassnidge Park is a popular and valued site<br />

that <strong>of</strong>fers a bowling green, tennis courts<br />

and a children’s playground. It provides<br />

a number <strong>of</strong> horticultural features such<br />

as shrub beds, ornamental bedding,<br />

herbaceous plants and mature trees.

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“The traditional Edwardian park<br />

covers four acres and <strong>of</strong>fers a<br />

bowling green, tennis courts and<br />

a children’s playground”<br />

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In 2003, the Management Advisory Group was set up,<br />

and the community worked together with the council to<br />

transform the park into the invaluable community resource<br />

that it is today.<br />

The traditional Edwardian park covers four acres and is<br />

situated just to the north west <strong>of</strong> Uxbridge town centre, with<br />

its popular shopping centres, a cinema, central library, and<br />

pubs and restaurants.<br />

500 metres from Uxbridge station, Fassnidge Park has<br />

three entrances for the public; the main one located at the<br />

southern end <strong>of</strong> the site in Rockingham Parade, one further<br />

up Rockingham Parade and another at the northern end <strong>of</strong><br />

the park on Oxford Road.<br />

The grounds are locked every evening and reopened each<br />

morning. A kiosk and toilets are located on site. There is a<br />

small car park adjacent to Rockingham Recreation Ground,<br />

which is opposite Rockingham Parade. Buses U1, U4, U5,<br />

U7, 222 and 427 serve near to the park.<br />

Nearby is the Grand Union Canal.<br />

Trails <strong>of</strong> Discovery, Uxbridge, passes through this park.<br />

There is a Healthy Walk for Fassnidge Park and Rockingham<br />

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Awarded 2005/06 and 2006/07<br />

Harefield Village <strong>Green</strong><br />

This historic green is located in the heart <strong>of</strong> Harefield<br />

Village conservation area. It covers an area <strong>of</strong><br />

approximately four and a half acres and is situated where<br />

Breakspear Road North and Rickmansworth Road meet.<br />

The green has been central to life in the village for many<br />

years. It is a registered common dating back to 1813. It<br />

provides a small children’s playground and a sizeable<br />

expanse <strong>of</strong> open space on which locals and visitors can<br />

enjoy informal sports, picnics and family get-togethers.

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The village pond contains a variety <strong>of</strong> flora, fauna and<br />

wildlife. Surrounding the green is a variety <strong>of</strong> trees,<br />

providing a beautiful backdrop to this bustling, yet peaceful,<br />

corner <strong>of</strong> the village. Several pubs and restaurants are<br />

located within a couple <strong>of</strong> minutes walk from the green,<br />

mostly in the high street, which is noted for its antique<br />

shops and several old buildings.<br />

An interesting and unique feature is the model hare<br />

contained within a large globe, which can be seen at the<br />

southwestern corner <strong>of</strong> the green. Depicted on the globe<br />

are the British Isles and Australia, celebrating the strong<br />

links between Harefield and Australia. An Australian<br />

military hospital was set up at Harefield Park for soldiers<br />

wounded in the First World War. There is also an ANZAC<br />

cemetery and memorial at St Mary’s, the village parish<br />

church, and ANZAC Days remain a regular event in the<br />

village. Harefield hospital has been the home <strong>of</strong> pioneering<br />

heart surgery since the 1960s, and renowned heart surgeon,<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sir Magdi Yacoub, unveiled the globe on<br />

1 October 2000.<br />

The nearest railway stations are Rickmansworth and<br />

Northwood; buses 331 and U9 serve the area.<br />

Street car parking is available around the green.<br />

Close by is <strong>Hillingdon</strong> Outdoor Activities<br />

Centre (HOAC).<br />

Trails <strong>of</strong> Discovery, Harefield, passes the<br />

green. There is also a Healthy Walk<br />

for Harefield.<br />

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Lake Farm Country Park<br />

In 1907, The Gramophone Company (1897) built a record<br />

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Farm for possible industrial expansion. By the Second<br />

World War, EMI had embarked upon radar research and<br />

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up to the early 1980s. A proposal to excavate gravel in<br />

1991, opposed by local residents, prompted the council to<br />

purchase Lake Farm as a public open space.

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“A trim trail runs through the<br />

site, 60 acres in size, bounded<br />

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Today, Lake Farm is a relatively large expanse <strong>of</strong><br />

meadowland fringed by trees and the canal, and is situated<br />

to the south <strong>of</strong> Hayes. Approximately 60 acres in size,<br />

it is bounded by the Grand Union Canal, Dawley Road,<br />

Botwell Common Road and Botwell Lane. Most <strong>of</strong> the site<br />

comprises <strong>of</strong> open grassland <strong>of</strong> wildlife value, punctuated by<br />

occasional small blocks <strong>of</strong> shrubs, with a larger expanse in<br />

the south.<br />

A trim trail runs through the site, which is recognisable<br />

by its skylark monument. Two areas <strong>of</strong> more formal open<br />

space are situated in the northwestern and northeastern<br />

corners <strong>of</strong> the park. These consist <strong>of</strong> short-mown grassland<br />

with planted trees and a children’s playground. On the<br />

western edge <strong>of</strong> the site, adjacent to Dawley Road,<br />

is a BMX track.<br />

Nearby is Barra Hall Park, Norman Leddy Memorial<br />

Gardens, Stockley Park and Golf Course, and Hayes Pool.<br />

The nearest train station is Hayes & Harlington, and the U4<br />

serves the area. There is a car park <strong>of</strong>f Dawley Road.<br />

Trails <strong>of</strong> Discovery, Hayes, runs through this park. There is<br />

a Healthy Walk for Lake Farm.<br />

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Little Britain<br />

Situated between the River Colne and Frays River is an<br />

attractive lake, which is called ‘Little Britain’ because<br />

<strong>of</strong> its similar shape to the British Isles. The lake covers<br />

approximately 77 acres, and was formed as the result <strong>of</strong><br />

gravel extraction in the early 1930s. The islands in the lake<br />

were made from hornbeam and birch stakes, and woven<br />

rooting willow, and provide a safe habitat for many water<br />

birds, such as mallards and tuffed ducks.

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“called ‘Little Britain’ because <strong>of</strong> its<br />

similar shape to the British Isles”<br />

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The lake <strong>of</strong>fers a beautiful location for a gentle stroll or<br />

summer picnic, and provides a quiet respite from the<br />

neighbouring towns <strong>of</strong> Uxbridge and Yiewsley.<br />

The pathway, laid around the western edge <strong>of</strong> the lake in<br />

the early part <strong>of</strong> 2005, has been identified as especially<br />

suitable for users <strong>of</strong> wheelchairs, mobility scooters and<br />

pushchairs, and people with impaired mobility. Please note<br />

that because <strong>of</strong> the restricted access point by the marina,<br />

the nearby towpath along the canal is not recommended for<br />

users <strong>of</strong> wheelchairs or mobility vehicles.<br />

Little Britain is open every day throughout the year. Toilet<br />

facilities and a café can be found at Packet Boat Marina,<br />

which is approximately 250 metres from the lake.<br />

600 metres from the site at Cowley Locks is the Lock<br />

Cottage Tea Rooms, a family-run restaurant with views<br />

directly on to the Grand Union Canal. Alternatively, there is<br />

a picnic area on site.<br />

Little Britain is approximately 300 metres <strong>of</strong>f Cowley Road.<br />

The nearest train station is West Drayton, and the 222 bus<br />

serves near to the area. Trails <strong>of</strong> Discovery, Cowley, circles<br />

the site. There is also a Healthy Walk for Little Britain.<br />

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Church Field Gardens<br />

and Manor Farm<br />

Manor Farm lies within the Ruislip conservation area<br />

and is bounded by Eastcote Road, Bury Street, Pinn Way<br />

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<strong>of</strong> historic farm buildings, archaeological remains and<br />

landscape features, and is set in approximately 22 acres<br />

<strong>of</strong> land.<br />

Accessible throughout the year, the site incorporates a<br />

library, performance hall, bowling green and duck pond

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and Manor Farm<br />

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rose beds, tennis courts, a<br />

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(formerly a horse pond). Many <strong>of</strong> the site’s buildings are<br />

available for hire by contacting the arts service. Restoration<br />

and development works at Manor Farm began in March<br />

2007. Plans are to fully restore the grade-two listed manor<br />

house, which will include the creation <strong>of</strong> an interpretation<br />

centre. The 13th century great barn will be enhanced<br />

and the cartsheds will be home to five artistes studios.<br />

Sympathetic landscaping will allow visitors to appreciate the<br />

site as it once was.<br />

The park opposite Manor Farm, now known as Church Field<br />

Gardens, was passed over to the then Ruislip & Northwood<br />

Urban District Council in 1927. The land was preserved for<br />

use as a public open space and recreation ground. Toilets<br />

and car parking are located within and nearby Manor Farm<br />

respectively. Refreshments are available from Cowbyre Tea<br />

Shop and several food outlets along the high street.<br />

Today Church Field Gardens is a vibrant, welcoming park<br />

immediately adjacent to the bustling Ruislip high street and<br />

St Martin’s, a historic flint church. The park incorporates<br />

traditional rose beds, tennis courts, a children’s playground,<br />

and is well serviced by a footpath network that allows<br />

access for all.<br />

The nearest train station is Ruislip; buses E7, H13, U1, U10<br />

and 331 serve the high street.<br />

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Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens<br />

The gardens were, at one time, a private residence with a<br />

large ornamental garden surrounding the house. A walled<br />

vegetable and fruit garden was attached to the grounds on<br />

the west side. In the early 1900s the house and grounds<br />

became a private nursing home. When the home closed,<br />

both were given to Hayes & Harlington Urban District<br />

Council, which in turn became part <strong>of</strong> the <strong>London</strong> <strong>Borough</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Hillingdon</strong> in 1965.

Norman Leddy<br />

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The site was the headquarters <strong>of</strong> Hayes & Harlington Urban<br />

District Council parks department until 1960 when the<br />

building was condemned unsafe, subsequently demolished,<br />

and then developed into the Hayes Botanic Gardens.<br />

The walled vegetable and fruit garden became the council’s<br />

tree and shrub nursery, although the nursery was later lost<br />

to the site as part <strong>of</strong> a road improvement scheme.<br />

The gardens have developed over the years and contain<br />

a vast range <strong>of</strong> trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials,<br />

bulbs and seasonal bedding, providing colour and interest<br />

throughout the year.<br />

In 1993, the gardens were renamed the Norman Leddy<br />

Memorial Gardens – in memory <strong>of</strong> the late Mr Leddy, who<br />

had held the post <strong>of</strong> assistant director <strong>of</strong> parks and helped<br />

considerably to develop and raise the standard <strong>of</strong><br />

the gardens.<br />

These peaceful and tranquil gardens cover four acres, and<br />

are located approximately 200 yards south <strong>of</strong> the Uxbridge<br />

Road in Hayes, between the Beck Theatre and Barra Hall<br />

Park.<br />

There are four entrances to the gardens – the main one is at<br />

the southern end <strong>of</strong> the site in Wood End. The nearest train<br />

station is Hayes & Harlington. Car parking and<br />

refreshments can be found at the Beck Theatre.<br />

Buses 427 and 607 serve the Uxbridge Road.<br />

The gardens are open all year round,<br />

Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm,<br />

Sundays and bank holidays, 10.00 am –<br />

4.00 pm.<br />

There is a Healthy Walk through Norman<br />

Leddy Gardens.<br />

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Awarded 2005/06 and 2006/07<br />

Ruislip Woods and Lido<br />

Ruislip Woods is the largest block <strong>of</strong> ancient, semi-natural<br />

woodland in Greater <strong>London</strong>, and includes one <strong>of</strong> the most<br />

extensive oak/hornbeam coppice woods in southeast<br />

England. Covering 726 acres and open all year round, the<br />

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and horse riding. Camping is available for local guide and<br />

scouting organisations by contacting the green <strong>spaces</strong><br />


Ruislip Woods<br />

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The woods were designated as a National Nature Reserve<br />

(NNR) in 1997 and, together with the Ruislip Woods Trust,<br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> Council celebrates its anniversary every May by<br />

holding a day event at the lido. Since 1950, it has been a Site<br />

<strong>of</strong> Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and in 2006 it received a<br />

<strong>Green</strong> Heritage Award. This popular location has also been<br />

used for various films, including The Young Ones in the 60s,<br />

which starred Cliff Richard.<br />

Ruislip Lido, which was created as a canal reservoir in<br />

1811, has since been recognised as a Metropolitan Site <strong>of</strong><br />

Importance for nature conservation. It covers 40 acres <strong>of</strong><br />

water and is surrounded by the woods. It <strong>of</strong>fers a sandy<br />

beach – one <strong>of</strong> the few in <strong>London</strong> – a children’s playground,<br />

plus trips on the miniature steam railway, which is run<br />

by volunteers from the Ruislip Lido Railway Society. The<br />

lido’s woodland visitor centre helps explain the historical<br />

and ecological importance <strong>of</strong> the woods through a range<br />

<strong>of</strong> displays. It is open between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm on<br />

Sundays, from Easter to August.<br />

Refreshments can be found by the lido – at the Water’s Edge<br />

pub or from the kiosk, which is open from April to October.<br />

Alternatively, picnic and seating areas are available<br />

around the site.<br />

The woods and lido are accessible by 33<br />

entrances – the main one is at Reservoir<br />

Road. The nearest train stations are Ruislip<br />

and Ruislip Manor. Buses H13 and 331<br />

serve the Ruislip Woods area. Car parks<br />

are located in Reservoir Road, Breakspear<br />

Road North and Ducks Hill Road.<br />

A number <strong>of</strong> walks run through the woods,<br />

including part <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Hillingdon</strong> Trail, and the<br />

three Ruislip Woods Walks.<br />

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Southlands Arts Centre<br />

A former private residence, Southlands Arts<br />

Centre is now a grade-two listed building that<br />

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West Drayton Urban District Council.<br />

In the 16th century, a Tudor farmhouse<br />

was on the site <strong>of</strong> the present house. In<br />

the 17th century, the owner extended the<br />

house, and erected the fine Queen Anne<br />

frontage that can be seen today. In 1864, the<br />

existing Victorian rear portion was built.

Southlands Arts<br />

Centre 23<br />

“In the 17th century, the owner<br />

extended the house, and erected<br />

the fine Queen Anne frontage”<br />

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The owner took out insurance with the Sun Insurance <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

in 1743, and this company’s firemark can be seen on the<br />

house front. The 1828 enclosure map shows outbuildings<br />

including a stable granary, barn, other outhouses, a<br />

carthouse, a Dutch barn and granary – only the 17th century<br />

barn remains.<br />

Located <strong>of</strong>f The <strong>Green</strong>, West Drayton, the house is situated<br />

within a formal garden laid mainly to lawn with a variety <strong>of</strong><br />

herbaceous perennials, shrubs and mature trees. The sixacre<br />

site has a formal walled garden north <strong>of</strong> the house and<br />

a pond, which is home to frogs and newts, as well as some<br />

aquatic plants.<br />

The two Adam and Eve statues on the lawn were sculptured<br />

locally by Andrew Weston Smith, using Indiana limestone.<br />

The house is managed and maintained by Yiewsley and<br />

West Drayton Arts Council, and the grounds are open<br />

daily throughout the year. As with all gardens, Southlands<br />

undergoes constant change and improvement, building on<br />

the past to accommodate present trends and demands.<br />

The entrance to this site is <strong>of</strong>f the green. The nearest train<br />

station is West Drayton, and buses U3, U5, and 222 serve<br />

this area. There is a small car park situated within the grounds.<br />

A full calendar <strong>of</strong> its year’s events/exhibitions and brochure<br />

is available from the Southlands Arts Centre.<br />

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Useful contacts<br />

<strong>Hillingdon</strong> Council 01895 250111<br />

www.hillingdon.gov.uk<br />

Arts service 01895 678800<br />

Central library (Uxbridge) 01895 250600<br />

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/libraries<br />

libraryinfoteam@hillingdongrid.org<br />

Customer contact centre 01895 556000<br />

contactcentre1@hillingdon.gov.uk<br />

<strong>Green</strong> <strong>spaces</strong> 01895 250635<br />

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/green<strong>spaces</strong><br />

green<strong>spaces</strong>adminteam@hillingdon.gov.uk<br />

Leisure 01895 250453<br />

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/leisure<br />

Tourist information centre based at Uxbridge library<br />

Beck Theatre 020 8561 7506<br />

<strong>Green</strong> Corridor<br />

www.greencorridor.org.uk<br />

<strong>Green</strong> Flag Award 0151 231 6900<br />

www.greenflagaward.org.uk<br />

<strong>Green</strong>STAT<br />

www.greenstat.org.uk<br />

Groundwork Thames Valley 01895 832662<br />

www.groundwork-tv.org.uk<br />

<strong>London</strong> Wildlife Trust 020 7261 0447<br />

www.wildlondon.org.uk<br />

Packet Boat Marina 01895 449851<br />

Ruislip Lido Railway 01895 622595<br />

www.ruisliplidorailway.org<br />

Ruislip Woods Trust 01895 622595<br />

www.ruislipwoodstrust.org.uk<br />

Southlands Arts Centre 01895 442784<br />

Transport for <strong>London</strong> 020 7222 1234<br />

www.tfl.gov.uk<br />

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