West Acton Cherry Tree Walk Consultation Meeting

Find out about plans to transform the central reservation on Princes Gardens

Residents at a previous community gardening event

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Hanger Hill Garden Estate is holding a meeting for residents and other interested stakeholders, to provide an update on plans to create a Cherry Tree Walk in place of the overgrown central reservation on Princes Gardens, West Acton, W3.

The meeting takes place on Saturday 2 September 5-7pm at 11 Café, North Ealing and will share the results of the consultation exercise carried out and adjustments made as a result to design priorities for this regeneration project. The findings of a tree/shrub survey of the central reservation will also be presented including the work suggested to save healthy trees/shrubs and replace those that are dead and dying. Plans for an environmental survey by the London Wildlife Trust, as a preliminary step to drawing up an environmental master plan for the Estate as a whole will be discussed as well as an update on progress with fundraising for the Cherry Tree Walk project, including the application to Ealing Council’s £250,000 Transform Your Space fund

Hanger Hill Ward councillors Joy Morrissey, Greg Stafford and Nigel Sumner have been invited to attend.

Hanger Hill Garden Estate is a self-managed ‘Mock Tudor’ estate of 361 houses and 258 flats in West Acton, London. Built in the 1930s, it is a conservation area and home to a thriving and diverse community with mainly UK, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Indian and East European roots. The residents association, run entirely by volunteers, represents the Estate in planning and other matters

After 80 years, the association say this area is badly in need of restoration. The central reservation attracts fly tipping and litter becomes trapped in the bushes and undergrowth. They have chosen a ‘cherry tree’ theme because many of the flowering cherries planted when the Estate was created have already been lost and the others are nearing the end of their natural lives. By renewing the tree stock, they aim tol reflect the history of the Estate, celebrate its contemporary Japanese community and look ahead to the next 80 years.

The near £50,000 estimated cost of the project is far beyond residents association means. Funds are being raised via the community projects crowdfunding site Spacehive.com.

Approximately 20% of the budget has been pledged since fundraising began in mid-June, with contributions from Transport for London, Hanger Hill Ward Forum, individuals and local businesses.

Further information is on the Hanger Hill Garden Estate web site.

August 31, 2017

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