Work to restore the historic parkland and build new facilities in Walpole Park got underway in September 2013. The improvements are being made possible thanks to a £2.4million ‘Parks for People’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The stretch of land behind Pitzhanger Manor and the walled garden are now temporarily closed while the first phase of work takes place. The park entrances next to Pitzhanger Manor and along Mattock Lane are also temporarily closed. During this phase of construction, people can access Walpole Park through West London College via The Green.
Improvements to the walled garden will include the addition of six new vegetable garden beds, as well as three raised, easy-access garden beds. A permanent and safe home for the park’s resident bees will also be built and the wisteria pergola will remain in the garden. The walled garden is expected to reopen in early 2014.
Trunk ultrasounds, soil tests and static load tests have been carried out on the heritage cedar and lime trees. The information gathered will inform what work needs to be done to the trees.
Both ponds are being completely restored in the first phase of the landscaping works. The old concrete pond foundations have been removed and new linings and pipes are being installed. The new ponds will also have remodelled sloped sides and new aquatic planting.
A temporary pond has been created for birds and other wildlife to use while the old ponds are being restored. Many of the birds will fly away during the winter, returning to Walpole Park once the ponds have reopened in the summer.
- Better wheelchair and buggy access
- Repaving and widening the pathways
- Restoring the heritage bridge, stonework and water features
- New grass sown in some areas of the park
- Planting of regency species of trees and flowers
- Excavation to reveal heritage landscape
- Installation of regency style ornaments and wooden benches
- Pond maintenance and better habitats created
- New playground.
The new Rick Yard building is expected to be complete by March 2014 and the park works are due to wrap-up in June of the same year.
Ealing Summer Festivals will go ahead in Walpole Park as usual next year, although the events may take place in a different location within the park. More information will be made available closer to the time.
Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery
In April 2012, Pitzhanger Manor was awarded a first-round development grant of £275,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore Sir John Soane’s historic country home.
Since receiving the grant, the council has been busy working with its partners, the Pitzhanger Manor Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to develop the restoration plans.
The project’s aim is to restore Soane’s architectural vision, reveal Pitzhanger Manor’s rich history, make the building more accessible, as well as improve visitor facilities to create a world-class heritage attraction.
The results of a recent consultation about the restoration plans show that respondents are overwhelmingly supportive of the proposed works. More than 100 people took part in the survey with three-quarters responding positively, indicating that they are keen for Pitzhanger Manor to maximise its potential as a community and cultural venue.
Plans for the architectural redevelopment of the building were also received favourably, with support for the removal of the eating room extension and the new addition of a pavilion in the walled garden to include a café and event space.
The positive feedback received from the local community reflects the importance of the development of Pitzhanger Manor to Ealing and the potential impact on the wider community and those with an interest in heritage and the arts.
A round-two bid of £4million will be made at the end of 2013 to carry out the restorations, with an announcement due in the first part of 2014.
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