Work begins on £400k makeover for Crane Park

This Is Local London: Winning park: Youngsters celebrate Crane Park being awarded £400,000 as part of London Mayor Boris Johnson's Help a London Park competition Winning park: Youngsters celebrate Crane Park being awarded £400,000 as part of London Mayor Boris Johnson's Help a London Park competition

Crane Park is gearing up for a £400,000 facelift as work to improve the green space gets under way.

The park was one of 10 across London awarded the six-figure sum in the Mayor of London’s Help a London Park competition last year.

More than 300 people came forward with ideas for how to improve the park at a council-led consultation and work to make the changes will begin this month.

Councillor Virginia Morris, the council’s cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I’ve been very impressed by the number and quality of suggestions people made.

“Now we know what people want, we can work with them to improve the park and make it a place which people will be able to continue enjoying well into the future.”

The £400,00 will be spent on opening up river views, making the entrances of the park more accessible and installing benches, picnic tables and signs.

New wildlife features, including an insect hotel to act as a winter habitat for many species, will be created and new hedges, wildflowers and bulbs planted.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “It is great news that the spade is going into the ground, to kick off the works that Crane Park really needs.”

A new children’s play area will also be created at the park, paid for by Government funding.

Richmond Liberal Democrats spokesman for environment Martin Elengorn said: “I'm delighted that the process we started last year has reached the next important stage and that the works are about to start.”

Artists and nature lovers are invited to an Environment Trust picnic at the park this weekend.

The event will be held at the Shot Tower, between 11am and 4pm, on Sunday.

Materials for sketching and drawing boards will be provided but people are welcome to bring their own equipment, along with their picnics.

The art picnic costs £20 per person and £40 for a family and places must be booked in advance by calling 020 8891 5455.

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2:14pm Tue 10 Aug 10

Sanity99 says...

Seriously penalising dog owners who let their dogs spoil the place for the rest of us wouldn't cost anything and would help finance the improvements. You know who you are, the ones who let the dog loose before it's 'been' and then look t'other way. Crane Park could be idyllic, but it is just wall to wall dog mess, and that's before you venture off the path, to where it's even worse.
Seriously penalising dog owners who let their dogs spoil the place for the rest of us wouldn't cost anything and would help finance the improvements. You know who you are, the ones who let the dog loose before it's 'been' and then look t'other way. Crane Park could be idyllic, but it is just wall to wall dog mess, and that's before you venture off the path, to where it's even worse. Sanity99

4:33pm Wed 11 Aug 10

Phillip Taylor says...

I welcome this news as the Crane Park walk has been in need of an uplift for some considerable time- it is a delightfully tranquil place to take a stroll.

I hope the event goes well on Sunday at Shot Tower although I have to recognise that 'Sanity' has a point about the dog mess.

Both Cllr Morris and Cllr Elengorn make strong supportive statements and I know, as a candidate for Heathfield in the recent elections, that the local residents will see the benefits of the makeover that they were keen to see happen.

Those who use the Park and the walk will know that some sense is needed with dogs and I'm sure a bit of common sense will prevail.

The only other thing which worries me is Boris with a spade and a film crew in the Park...but thank you, Borris for your support!

Phillip Taylor
I welcome this news as the Crane Park walk has been in need of an uplift for some considerable time- it is a delightfully tranquil place to take a stroll. I hope the event goes well on Sunday at Shot Tower although I have to recognise that 'Sanity' has a point about the dog mess. Both Cllr Morris and Cllr Elengorn make strong supportive statements and I know, as a candidate for Heathfield in the recent elections, that the local residents will see the benefits of the makeover that they were keen to see happen. Those who use the Park and the walk will know that some sense is needed with dogs and I'm sure a bit of common sense will prevail. The only other thing which worries me is Boris with a spade and a film crew in the Park...but thank you, Borris for your support! Phillip Taylor Phillip Taylor

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