Newton Park to get makeover

Aerial view of Newton Park

Newton Park - the 46 Hectare site is being transformed with better amenities and access to wildlife for the whole community.

Harrow Council and Ebsford Environmental have have joined forces to improve Newton Park in South Harrow. Once complete it will have better facilities and access to open space.  

The plans include river restoration, flood defence works, new footpaths, two new bridges, and create visually pleasing landscaped areas and biodiverse wildlife habitats. Dangerous trees and non-native species will be also be removed and three wetlands will be created and planted with aquatic plants. 

Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:

“We know how much this park is loved and used by all our residents. That’s why we want to make it better, more attractive and encourage healthier living. Alongside the flood alleviation for the local area, our joint work with Ebsford Environment will also introduce exciting new features that will help the environment, ensure easier access, and help improve the quality of life for local people.”

The construction of a new flood defence wall at the south west corner of the road will raise the flood protection levels for 13 properties immediately downstream of the park which were identified at risk of surface water and river flooding in a 1 in 100 year event. 

Adam Rolfe, director at Ebsford Environmental Ltd said: "This is our latest in a series of collaborative projects with the team at Harrow. From the start our teams have worked hand in hand to develop and refine all elements of the scheme with the aim of maximising environmental, social and wider sustainability benefits. 

"The Environment Agency, Thames 21 and specialist consultants Metis have also played crucial parts in the collaborative process by helping to take the original Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) and turn it into a FAS, which includes: Wetland cells for improving water quality in the brook; Improved user experience within the park via new paths, interpretation installations and entrance treatments; Naturalised landforms with native wildflower meadows; and Bio-engineered erosion control using site won materials.”