A willow tree will be cut down as part of a major council-led project, despite attempts from park activists to save it.

Representatives from Harrow Council met with the Friends of Headstone Manor Park to discuss the future of the large tree, which is seen as a landmark in the park.

They explained that a key part of the scheme involves rerouting Yeading Brook to form a new picnic area and a ‘beach’ for visitors to paddle in.

According to the council it is impossible to curve the brook around the tree and, once the ground has been levelled, it will be too dangerous to keep it standing.

It added that, at this stage, it would need to follow through on its plans to ensure it did not jeopardise the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Michael Bradshaw, an infrastructure engineer at Harrow Council, noted that similar projects across London – where trees have been felled – have been very successful.

He intends to provide a summary of reasons why the tree cannot be salvaged.

The overall scheme, which is partially financed by HLF, will see Headstone Manor Park “revived” at a cost of around £2 million.

This will include more play equipment and furniture in the park, as well as new footpaths, bridges and signs.

The council will also use the money to revamp the historic orchard and restore the watercourses, including Yeading Brook.

Reshma Shah, who launched an online petition to save the tree, said she felt the public consultation on the plans did not completely outline the impact on the park’s landscape.

She appreciated that there have been conversations between the friends’ group and the council but believes the future of the willow tree was not totally addressed at the start.