The Brent River Park Project is a partnership between the council and the Environment Agency.
It aims to restore up to 2km of the River Brent, and the green spaces alongside it, running through Tokyngton Park, St Raphael's Estate and the Wembley Industrial Estate.
Due to funding constraints the project has been divided into two phases; Phase 1 was completed in 2003 and Phase 2 will extend the improvements.
We are working with the Environment Agency and Thames Rivers Trust to develop this phase and find the funding needed.
Consultation was carried out between October 2012 and February 2013
Aims of the project
- To improve the fauna and flora of the river and its surroundings.
- To improve water quality where possible.
- To improve the landscape of the area.
- To improve public access to the river and surrounding open space, providing a green route for local schools and businesses, and uniting the communities on both sides of the river.
- To reduce crime and create a safe environment.
- To engage the community, including local schools, in nature conservation
- To improve health by encouraging walking, cycling and jogging
The first phase of work was completed in June 2003, with the skate park completed the following year.
Improvements included a naturalised river channel, new trees, new street furniture, a refurbished children's play area, a new foot bridge and CCTV cameras.
Phase 2 of the project could include:
- removing the existing concrete river channel and creating a more natural river (to reduce flooding, enhance wildlife and improve water quality and safety)
- removing some existing paths and providing new ones
- providing new street furniture and an outdoor gym
- creating wildflower meadows and planting new trees
- replacing the unused bowling green and old pavilion foundations
- cutting back bushes to improve visibility and safety
- creating community art and welcoming features at park entrances
Friends of Brent River Park
Friends of Brent River Park work in partnership with us and Safer Waterways for London, Groundwork London, Alperton Millennium Volunteers (Brent Youth Volunteers), Friends of Gibbons Recreation Ground, Vernon House Youth Club, Metropolitan Police and Thames 21.
The group was set up in July 2003 after the launch of the River Park to keep the local community involved. The aims of the group are to:
- act as custodians of the River Park in conjunction with the local community
- promote Brent River Park as a valuable and enjoyable community green space
- respect and protect the River Park and the wildlife that depends on it.
The group meets regularly to plan events, raise concerns regarding the park and take action accordingly.
The following committee members of the Friends of Brent River Park were elected at the AGM on 27 April 2013.
- Chair - Ros Baptiste
- Vice Chair - Eileen Sabur
- Honorary Secretary - Ejike Wodu
- Honorary Treasurer - Tony Sturgess