Stanmore Marsh Wetlands is to reopen folowing a two-year project to restore the marsh.
The site, over four hectares, used to be full of wildlife and part of it was known as Toad Pond. However, over the years it dried up and became neglected, no longer acting as a green sponge – which meant the chance of local flooding increased. Now, thanks to the major regeneration project, the flood risk has been reduced as well as a beautiful new space created.
The project, on Marsh Lane, has created 400m of new footpath and 400sqm of wetland, providing 3,150 cubic metres of additional flood storage. Several hundred metres of water environments – made up of a network of small wetlands and ditches – have also been restored.
Thames21 and Harrow Council have worked in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver this project. These include Thames Water and the Greater London Authority who both provided significant funding to help deliver the works. Thames21, London’s leading waterways charity which puts healthy rivers at the heart of communities, is helping to establish a Friends of Stanmore Marsh group to champion and help continue to look after the space.
Cllr Graham Henson, Harrow Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “A few years ago this was a dull and neglected piece of land, but today Stanmore Marsh is a beautiful, bright and welcoming open space – a ‘go to’ place for local residents and park users this summer with lots to see and do. Not just that, but new open space provides better flood alleviation.”