Leo Murray and Bridget Miles stood facing each other in Westcroft Square with one of the paths inbetween them

Bright new path spells bright future for Westcroft Square

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Image captionLeo Murray (left) and Bridget Miles of the Westcroft Square Residents' Association

A Hammersmith green space has been ‘de-paved’ to make it kinder to the environment.

More than 250 square metres of pavement has been removed from the perimeter of Westcroft Square and replaced with a permeable gravel path.

The new surface will massively reduce the water that runs off following heavy downpours by absorbing the water into the ground where it can more easily benefit the park’s plants and trees.

Railings around the park were also refurbished earlier this year, adding to the mini-makeover.

Westcroft square bordered by pavement and a similar view showing the new gravel permeable path in its place
Image caption: Before and after: More than 250 square metres of pavement has been removed from the perimeter of Westcroft Square (left) and replaced with a permeable gravel path (right)

“This is just one of the small steps we’re taking in our ambition to be the greenest borough in the country,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“Cities are full of surfaces which are hostile to wildlife and also give nowhere for rainwater to disperse to, aggravating localised flooding. Changes like this will help us meet the challenge of the climate emergency head-on.”

More sustainable

The new more sustainable surface is the same as used in the Royal parks. It was also used in nearby St Peter’s Church.

The council worked closely with the local ‘Friends’ group for the square to explain the benefits of the new path to neighbours.

“The new path in Westcroft Square looks so lovely and has drawn many positive comments from residents,” said Kate, Chair of the Westcroft Square Residents’ Association.

“The Association is delighted that, thanks to the commitment of the Chair of the Garden Committee, working alongside the council, that this work has been completed. Thank you.”

Find out more about tackling the climate and ecological emergency in H&F.

The newly installed permeable gravel path with Westcroft Square residential properties in the background
Image caption: The new surface will massively reduce the water that runs off following heavy downpours

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