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Monday, 3 July 2023

BA and London Heathrow Partner Connecting with Nature in Hillingdon Project

(03/07/23)  British Airways and London Heathrow have partnered with London Wildlife Trust.

The two companies are jointly investing in a project called ‘Connecting with Nature in Hillingdon’, which is designed to help protect and enhance the following seven nature reserves and country parks in the Hillingdon area: Minet Country Park, Cranford Country Park, Huckerby’s Meadows, Yeading Brook Meadows, Ten Acre Wood, Gutteridge Woods and Ickenham Marsh.

The project will also create volunteering opportunities in the community and build on the work Hillingdon Council and the Trust are doing to ensure all corners of the community can access and enjoy the green spaces in their local area.

“This new partnership will enable us to build upon our 40-year investment in Hillingdon with a more ambitious programme of capital works, volunteering and engagement activities on five of our reserves and two of Hillingdon’s; delivering a step change in connecting communities with these sites,” said Richard Barnes, Head of Conservation at London Wildlife Trust.

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Hillingdon has many natural gems where residents and visitors can discover the likes of kingfishers and kestrels along the green lifeline of the Yeading Brook and Crane River.

Conservation work will be delivered with the expertise of London Wildlife Trust and include cattle grazing, path and fence maintenance, habitat restoration and new planting, as well as wildlife surveying.

To monitor progress, a ranger will be recruited to work closely with volunteers to look after the sites.

Regular events including guided walks and outdoor learning will also be organised, to help reconnect residents.

“We’re delighted to see the London Wildlife Trust working with Heathrow and British Airways to bring some welcome improvements to key wildlife sites in the south of our borough,” said Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services. “We’re committed to creating a green and sustainable borough for residents, so we’re grateful two of Hillingdon’s biggest organisations see the value in protecting and enhancing the greener pockets of our borough to safeguard them for current and future generations.”

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