A new management company has been formally incorporated to oversee the long-term development of Gunnersbury Park and Museum.
The 72-hectare Brentford park, which was originally purchased for the nation from the Rothschild’s family, has been open to the public since 1926 and major restoration work is now underway, thanks to funding from the adjoining local authorities – Ealing and Hounslow – and from the Heritage Lottery fund. Together, these organisations have been exploring the best arrangements for managing the estate and to secure its long-term success.
A 2014 review of the options recommended that a Community Interest Company (CIC) be established to take responsibility for the park and museum.
Councillor Ed Mayne, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, explains: “Gunnersbury is one of West London’s best-loved parks and it’s vitally important that we make sure that we support the investment that is being made in restoration with a management organisation that can successfully take it into the 21st century.”
Ealing Council’s leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “The future of the park will be more secure now, with decisions being made quicker allowing the park’s potential to be maximised. The new management approach also means the park’s funding will be protected from any changes in the budgets the council gets going forward and they can reinvest any surplus funds the park generates.”