Brass in pocket: Friends groups land £93k to nurture Harrow’s pocket parks

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Watch this green space! Our park life is about to get even better – thanks to £93,000 of ‘pocket park’ funding awarded to our hands-on user groups.

Four dedicated ‘Friends of’ groups will now create the small, safe and usable green spaces, as well as renovate existing public areas which have fallen into disrepair.

Plans include new playgrounds, improved seating areas and exercise spaces for people to take part in a range of organised activities.

Harrow won nearly 10% of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s total £1million funding.


Cllr Varsha Parmar, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “As London gets busier, it’s important to look around and invest in all the green space we are lucky enough to have.

“Far from being pocket-size, each of these areas is a great, big oasis for Harrow residents.

“The government has dug deep and this extra funding will go a long way in making our parks stand out. It is a feather in the caps of all the Friends who work closely with us to make Harrow a better place.”


Here’s where the money will go:

Friends of Harrow Weald – creating a green accessible space with seating and a healthy walks route

Friends of Harrow Rec –   rejuvenating an overgrown hidden area of the park into an exercise area for groups such as tai chi and yoga

Friends of Rayners Mead – building a toddlers’ playground

Friends of Pinner Village Gardens – refurbishing the old ornamental pond and turning it into a new focal social point.