By Nicci Rae
There may still be a chill in the air but, as we head into mid March, we’re seeing Harrow’s parks and green spaces spring back to life. From cherry blossom to daffodils, for many this is a favourite time of year and, to celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of Harrow’s fabulous open spaces.
A family favourite in the summer, Pinner Park is one of Harrow’s oldest parks, dating back to 1273. Once home to Lady Hamilton, the park is conveniently located just a few minutes from Pinner tube station and features a duck pond, an aviary, an ornamental peace garden and, the popular Daisys In The Park restaurant serving snacks, coffees and alcoholic drinks. Once home to Lady Hamilton.
West Harrow Recreation Ground
Small but perfectly formed, the West Harrow Recreation Ground can be located on Butler Road, West Harrow and offers a ton of family friendly facilities including cricket squares, a bowling green, tennis courts, a basketball court, a children’s play area and a car park and changing facilities.
Dating back to the 1800s, the beautiful Bernays Gardens are accessed through a gateway in Church Road, Stanmore. Serpentine paths lead the way through paving and ornamental planting including palms and roses with plenty of seating areas for those who wish to take a few moments of peace and quiet. The gardens are host to a number of events throughout the year including the popular annual Stanmore fete.
Bentley Priory Nature Reserve
A short walk from Central Stanmore is the Bentley Priory Nature Reserve – all 165 glorious acres of it! Dating back to the 1700s, the reserve features a 2.9km nature trail, a deer path and plenty of wide open spaces for relaxing in. At certain times of the year, visitors can spot uncommon animals, plants and birds including flycatchers and bullfinches.
Harrow Weald Common
You’ve no doubt heard lots recently about Wealdstone’s regeneration project – you may not, however, be aware of this little gem which is only a quick stroll from Harrow Weald. Harrow Weald Common is an area of green space which opens up into the 18 hectares of Weald Wood. If you’re up for a walk, you can follow the common through to Gilbert’s Lake and orchard with views of Central London and the Chilterns. Once you’re all walked out, recharge with a coffee or glass of wine at the beautiful Grims Dyke Hotel.
If you use the Metropolitan line between Harrow and Central London, you’ll have seen this sprawling public park as you pass the University of Westminster between Harrow and Kenton. Made up mostly of playing fields, Northwick Park offers sunbathing space during warm weather as well as being a popular spot for morning exercise.
Roxeth Recreation Ground
Accessed from Eastcote Road, Roxeth Recreation Ground is a social hub for the community and offers plenty of facilities including a bowling green, children’s playground, football, basketball and tennis facilities, a green gym and, ample parking.
Tucked inbetween Edgware and Stanmore, Canons Park is a Grade II listed garden featuring stunning green spaces and The King George V Memorial Garden – a walled garden which was once part of the Duke’s kitchen. The park can be accessed through entrances on Canon Drive, Donnefield Avenue, Howberry Road and Whitchurch Lane.
In the heart of Ruislip, these lovely gardens feature a play area and tennis courts as well as manicured lawns and traditional rose beds – perfect for a lunch break on a sunny day or a weekend picnic.
As we finally put the stormy weather behind us and welcome back the sun, it’s time to embrace our green spaces for a much needed breath of fresh air!