About the Park
The Friends are a voluntary group of local residents passionate about the upkeep and improvement of this beautiful, linear park, which traces Yeading Brook, in Harrow, NW London. Our intention is to preserve the wildness of the park, while improving areas of neglect. With the environment and wildlife at the heart of all our activities, Yeading Walk is a welcoming place for people and nature.
The beautiful stream that runs through the park is called Yeading Brook and is a tributary of the River Crane. It follows a meandering course through North Harrow, Rayners Lane, Ruislip, South Ruislip , and onwards to Southall and the River Thames.
There are wild places in the park, if you know where to find them. The Nature walk was created to provide a peaceful upstream path close to the wild river bank, while the downstream path leads through the woods and out into the sports field. Find quiet places for nature lovers and hidden trails to explore.
Yeading Walk has many large, beautiful, mature trees, including Ash, Eucalyptus, Silver Birch, Bird Prunus, Cornelian Cherry, Oak, Sycamore and Cherry Laurel, among many others.
The orchard bed or ‘Lavender Walk’ replaced a plain strip of grass running along the brick wall at the Suffolk Road entrance. Following a successful funding bid, the Friends created a plan for colourful planting to welcome visitors to the park and improve biodiversity. The scent of lavender and jasmine attracts pollinators to the long herbaceous border, which is filled with spring bulbs, grasses, perennial and evergreen plants.
The beautiful park is home to a variety of wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see our resident little egret feeding in the stream or the striking blue flash of a kingfisher. Foxes emerge as the sun sets, followed by bats swooping after insects. The trees are full of birds calling as they fly to roost and occasionally you may even catch a glimpse of a shy muntjac deer.
The trees in the orchard were planted out for the community and each year families come together to harvest and share the fruit. A selection of new apple trees complement the older established varieties, and there are a few pear, plum, damson and cherry trees.