Work to transform an unused piece of land into a park in Norwood Green is almost complete, with the site expected to be open for visitors by March 2013.
Bordering the historic road, rail and canal crossing known as Three Bridges, the land was previously home to the Sea Cadets before being abandoned several years ago. Old building foundations and rubble was removed and recycled before the park transformation began in October.
The park now features a pathway winding towards the canal and wooden seats in the shape of the letters spelling ‘Three Bridges’. A mound has been formed in the centre of the park with material excavated from the site and a number of poppies, daisies and wild flower seeds have been planted all over it. New trees and native hedges have also been planted, and the ground has been sown with grass seedlings that are expected to surface in the spring.
The site has also successfully gained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research and collate the history of the three bridges and its surrounds. Ealing Council will work with community and school groups, volunteers and ward forum members to collect the information. A downloadable podcast will be produced, along with an educational outdoor information board and school work sheets.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “The transformation at Three Bridges is truly remarkable and soon it will be a great place to relax and soak up local history. The HLF project will be a great way to uncover and preserve the site’s interesting history as well as involve local people in a fantastic community project.”
The park work was made possible thanks to support from Norwood Green Ward Forum and contributions from the council’s park capital fund.