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Back To Nature – A look at Harrow’s nature reserves

With warmer days just around the corner, many of us will be itching to get out in the fresh air and, thankfully, us Harrovians don’t have to go too far. In this article, we’re celebrating Harrow’s nine nature reserves.

Bentley Priory and Old Vicarage Nature Reserve

One of Harrow’s great places for a day out for all the family, the Bentley Priory encompasses a museum housed in the stately main building, the vicarage of All Saints Church and a nature reserve. Located north of the church on the Uxbridge Road, the nature reserve is a haven of peace and quiet just minutes from this busy road in Harrow Weald.

The reserve is made up of woodland therefore, throughout the year, visitors can delight in the plants and wildlife found here including kestrels and woodpeckers and many types of foliage such as ivy, snowdrops and wild cherry. Don’t miss the butterfly meadow in June for a truly spectacular outing.

Stanmore Country Park

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Stanmore tube station, visitors to Stanmore Country Park find themselves in unusual company as muntjac deer can be spotted roaming the reserve and foraging for food. A 2.3km nature trail leads visitors around the reserve, highlighting points of interest and photo opportunities.

Visitors can also pick up a leaflet from one of the dispensers at the main entrance. As well as the deer, Stanmore Country Park boasts a wealth of plant life including wild angelica, marsh thistle, oat grass, birdsfoot trefoil and St. John’s wort. The park is open all year long and does get extremely busy during the warmer months.

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Stanmore Country Park

Old Redding Open Space

On Harrow Weald Ridge, just west of the A409 Common Road, you’ll find the Old Redding Nature Reserve. Made up of ancient woodland, visitors can take a stroll amongst giant redwoods and around the ornamental Gilbert’s Lake.

Even better, after a stroll through the woods, you can reward yourself with a cup of tea or a beer at the Grims Dyke Hotel – a fascinating Grade II listed building which was once home to W.S. Gilbert the librettist.

Newton Ecology Park

Small but perfectly formed, Newton Farm Ecology Park lies between Alexandra Avenue and Rayners Lane and is made up of a combination of woods and grasslands.

As well as boasting many trees including ash, cherry, dogwood, maple and hornbeam, the park features a healing garden. This garden features plants which, in times gone by, were said to have healing properties and, this area, is a peaceful place to visit during a busy day.

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Sunset at Newton Farm, Harrow. Image: Bill Chalmers

Back in the open air

As we start to put the winter months behind us, we’re looking forward to shedding the layers and getting back out into the fresh air. Harrow’s open spaces and nature reserves offer a great and inexpensive way to get outdoors and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

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