Improvements and awards give autumnal boost for Hammersmith & Fulham parks

Good news for lovers of green spaces as improvement works begin in two H&F parks, while a third received an award.

In Shepherd’s Bush, a £1million project to refurbish Wormholt Park has begun, with completion scheduled for March 2016. In Hammersmith Park, the planting of a cherry tree earlier this month marked the beginning of a renovations that include new landscaping and new sports facilities.

And the Margravine Cemetery received an award for being an attractive hub for the local community.

The hard work of local ‘friends’ groups in each park was integral to the success.

“Protecting and enhancing our local parks for both current residents and future generations is one of the council’s most important roles. We are hugely indebted to the work of local friends groups who help us do this,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“Earlier this year, 11 of our parks were awarded Green Flag status, which recognises their high quality and the involvement of local residents. We’re keen to build on this success through these latest improvements,”

In Wormholt Park, the eastern half has been fenced off while construction begins on a new adventure playground for under-fives and a tree-lined entrance from the Bloom development is being created.

After Christmas, the opposite side of the park will be worked on, with more planting, footpath works and improvements to the multi-use games area (MUGA). The work is being funded by money secured by H&F Council from a local development.

Earlier this month, the Friends of Hammersmith Park invited Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Cllr Mercy Umeh to plant the first of six ornamental cherry trees as part of the annual renovation of the Japanese Garden, along with members of the Nippon Club, an organisation for Japanese ex-patriots. It is hoped this will begin a series of improvements to be delivered in the park. Once the work was complete, the groups gathered to hear plans for new facilities in the park including sports pitches, a cafe and bike racks.

Last month the Margravine Cemetery was awarded ‘outstanding’ at the annual London in Bloom competition.

The cemetery was awarded high marks in three areas, community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement and marked the hard work put in by the Friends of Margravine Cemetery working with the H&F parks team.