Improving your parks

Dean Gardens is changing. 

We are undertaking ambitious improvements to the park, encouraging active travel and making the park a safer, greener, and more enjoyable space. We also want to ensure that the park is strongly rooted in the community, which will be loved and well used by the people in West Ealing. Kinnear Landscape Architects and New Practice have been commissioned by Ealing Council to design and facilitate the transformation of Dean Gardens.

For these developments to take place Dean Gardens will be closed in early Summer 2020 and a new improved Dean Gardens will re-open in 2021. However you can still enjoy nearby parks such as Walpole Park, Drayton Green and Lammas Park, as well others in Ealing during this closure.

You can also introduce a PlayStreet to your neighbourhood. PlayStreets provide a great chance to bring a real sense of community spirit to the whole street. Find out more or email playstreets@ealing.gov.uk, for more information.  

Concept design

 

New play area

Play areas are an integral part of the park and we have designed a rich play environment where children can enjoy a wide variety of play experiences and learn about the natural environment. The objectives for Dean Gardens play areas are: ● to be unique ● using natural elements ● providing a wide range of play experiences ● accessible for all allowing children of different ages to play together ● building opportunities for children to experience challenges ● sustainable and well maintained.

 

New community gardens

The new Dean Gardens will introduce a dedicated growing spaces which will offer a new type of community led gardening in the park. These new raised gardening beds will be an educational resource for adults and children whilst also helping to bring the community together through shared activities and experiences. The Northfield allotments have a 3-4 year waiting year waiting list which shows local enthusiasm for more growing spaces, which the community gardens will help address.

Example of a community garden

 

Lighting

Lighting in the park will play a very important role in its safety and how it is used in the evenings and after dark. New lamp columns will be installed along all the new paths to increase night-time visibility across the whole park. The lighting will use warm golden tones to minimise disturbance to wildlife.

Lighting concept for Dean Gardens

Boundaries

Despite a refurbishment 10 years ago some of the existing 1920s park railings are now reaching the end of their life. This style of railing is expensive to maintain, repair and repaint whilst the large brick columns also block views into the park. As the park is open access 24 hours a day, we are proposing to replace the old railings with new 1m high timber post and rail fencing combined with low hedges and wide beds of flowering plants. This will continue to provide a strong physical boundary around the park but with the added benefit of much better views in and out of the park. The best of the old railing panels will be saved and used to repair other sites where we still use this style.

 

Looking ahead…

Kiosk

Ealing Council is looking at the option to install a temporary or permanent kiosk in Dean Gardens close to Leeland Terrace and the new community garden. This could be run by a local community group or leased to a local business to provide sales of teas and coffees, a cycle repair workshop, a base for the community gardeners to store equipment, and to act as a base for other community activities. Watch this space for more news about this idea!

View these useful documents to see how the project has evolved: 

For more information regarding our plans for West Ealing please contact livewestealing@ealing.gov.uk