Around Ealing February/March 2019 - Page 16

PARKS FOUNDATION Hill shows the way Community events, freshly-grown vegetables and woodland walks are just a few things that have sprung up at Horsenden Hill over the last couple of years. As Daniel Stephens reports, this is thanks to the hard work of the local ‘friends’ group. T he Friends of Horsenden Hill now manage the council- owned site and organise local community projects there with council support. Its chair Lynda O’Hare said: “We got started in the summer of 2016 and have worked with, and been supported by, park rangers from Ealing Council ever since. We’re proud of what we have already achieved in this short amount of time.” This collective of dedicated residents and volunteers is a great example of people doing their bit to make the most of their local park – and is a model for how other parks could be run. 16 around ealing    February 2019  Lynda and Jon (centre) in the wood skills area, with others actively involved in the Hill's activities PARKS FOUNDATION GIVES YOU A SAY In fact, having a greater say in your green spaces is about to get easier following the recent establishment of an Ealing Parks Foundation. Set up by Ealing Council in November last year, the Parks Foundation will operate as a charitable organisation with residents, friends groups and a board of trustees all playing a significant role in shaping the future of the borough’s green spaces. The aim will be to encourage volunteering, with all its many social, mental and even career benefits; while also providing opportunities for all residents to take part in community activities and to stay healthy and active in a variety of ways. FROM ROYAL VISITORS TO FOREST SCHOOLS Lynda explained what has been happening at Horsenden: “We have created pathways and vegetable beds to enable more people to enjoy the community gardens. We’ve transformed the public toilets and are currently reinstating and repairing walking trails on Horsenden Hill, meaning more people can enjoy and     Homemade pizza oven