The London Borough of Ealing, one of the Outer London boroughs although not on the periphery, has over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundaries. These include allotments, cemeteries, playgrounds, and golf courses in addition to the larger open spaces such as nature conservation areas. The main areas are:
Acton Park: a Victorian park
Berkeley Fields, Greenford: large area including three golf courses
Blondin Park, includes a small nature area.This was officially opened by Gavin Redman who is the Great Great Grandson of Blondin [a]
Large areas along the River Brent collectively forming the Brent River Park with numerous areas containing sports grounds, playing fields and golf courses.[b]
Pitshanger Park: Long meandering park following the river Brent. Tennis courts and bowling greens, selection of football pitches and open grass. Adjacent Golf course and Rugby club. Park remains open at nights, but car park is locked.
Dean Gardens: Small park in West Ealing used as allotments until 1909. Contains a children's play area.
Drayton Green: Green open space with children's play area in West Ealing.
Ealing Common: large area of flat, open grassland ringed by mature roadside trees. Used for grazing animals in the last century, it is still possible to see the occasional rider. Stages circuses and fairs.
Ealing Green: a small area of grass and trees close to Ealing's historical centre, occasionally used for small fairs and other events.
Gunnersbury Park: while located on the Hounslow side of the Ealing/Hounslow boundary, Gunnersbury Park is jointly owned by Ealing and Hounslow and administered by a joint committee of the two councils
Haven Green: Small open green with smattering of mature trees and flowerbeds opposite Ealing Broadway station in the town centre. Popular for lunchtime breaks in the summer.
Lammas Park, South Ealing: 25 acres (10ha). The name derives from 'Lammas lands', which were used for grazing cattle in mediaeval times. Bowling green, croquet pitch, tennis courts, children's playground and playcentre. The park nearly adjoins Walpole park mentioned below.
Northala Fields: a development of derelict land adjoining Rectory Fields in Northolt.
Walpole park museum
Walpole Park: Ealing's "premier park". Hosts a jazz and comedy festival in the summer, and also contains the Pitzhanger Manor museum. Contains a walled rose garden, semi-formal rest garden with wildlife pond, larger pond with fountain, open grass areas for games. The whole is enclosed either by railings and planted screening or surrounding houses. The park is closed at nights.
The Brent River Park is one of 11 parks throughout Greater London chosen to receive money for redevelopment by a public vote in 2009. The park received £400,000 towards better footpaths, more lighting, refurbished public toilets and new play areas for children.
Across the London Borough of Ealing there are 63 allotments sites. Most are council owned but a few are independent. The allotments in this part of London dramatically increased during WWII as part of the government effort to feed the nation. To encouraged the uptake of an allotment plots by people of whom had no access to a garden themselves, a campaign was waged under the slogan “Dig for Victory”. Towards the later end of the 20th century they became popular again amongst the growing ethic communities, as a source of some of their more familiar and traditional vegetables which were otherwise unobtainable in British shops. Some local organisations have now formally recognised some of the benefits that come from working on allotments and actively encourage their use. Ealing Council has also signed up to the Unitary Development Plan which it is hoped will safeguard the existing allotments from building developers.
a.^ This park is named after the French aerialistCharles Blondin (who was first to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope). He once lived in a house on Northfield Avenue, Little Ealing and the park covers what was formerly the western part of its large grounds.
b.^ The Brent River Park is not only a public amenity but forms an important part of the borough’s Green Corridors with which to aid nature conservation. Also, by prohibiting development on what is much of the river Brent’s natural flood plain, it provides some measure of flood control.