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The renovated Stanmore Marsh opened this summer

Stanmore Marsh brought back to life

Fri 1 December 2017, 2:08 pm

Restored meadows, wildflowers and a beautiful pond greeted visitors to Stanmore Marsh when it officially opened in June after a two-year renovation.

Around 120 people thronged the Marsh Lane at a venue once known as Toad Pond, to take part in river dipping, a nature walk and to witness the cutting of the pink sash ribbon, hung between two garden forks, by Harrow’s mayor, Counsellor Margaret Davine.

The 4-ha site on Marsh Lane has been re-landscaped and the river brought out of its concrete channel so it can weave across the historic wetland site.

The pond had dried up and, no longer acting as a green sponge, increasing the chances of flooding.

The project has created 400 metres of new footpath and 400sq m of wetland, providing 3,150sq m of additional flood storage, slightly larger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

A network of small wetlands and ditches has also been restored.

Waterways charity Thames21, who worked with the council, Thames Water and the Greater London Authority on the project, is helping to establish a Friends of Stanmore Marsh group to champion and continue the up keep of the space.

Vicky D'Souza, Stanmore Marsh project officer at Thames21, said: "Volunteers have been invaluable in helping to restore this site, with activities such as planting bulbs, carrying out pond improvements and removing litter. They are a vitally important part of this project, because they can act as champions and continue to make improvements to ensure Stanmore Marsh remains a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy."

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