This community garden has been created through the hard work and generosity of local volunteers, charities and funders. The main aim for the garden is to promote health and well-being to the local community through exercise and food growing, as well as to ensure that biodiversity flourishes in this urban environment.
A brief history of Harlesden Town Garden
Historic records show that garden nursery buildings dominated the site from around 1896-1935. These were then demolished to make way for the 32 domestic garages that were removed in 1980 to allow for an open space and playground. Unfortunately, in later years the park became a magnet for antisocial behaviour and no longer was a welcoming space for the community…. until 2013, when a community consultation on how to improve the area - part funded by Catalyst housing association - was carried out by local homeless charity Lift.
As a result of this consultation, the Friends of Harlesden Town Garden (FHTG) was formed – In partnership with Lift (Now Crisis Brent) and Brent Council - in order to help coordinate the park and to reintroduce a community asset that offers something for everyone to enjoy: a play area for children, green lawn and wild flower area, multi-use games area and raised bed allotments.
The Harlesden Town Gardens key aim is to deliver the project in a way that will lead to new and exciting volunteering and engagement opportunities. Disadvantaged people will build their skills, confidence, well-being and employability.
Community members who have lacked access to local green space and have been concerned about anti-social behaviour will feel safer, more connected to other local people, and better able to engage in outdoor activities near their home and feel there is an outdoor space that belongs to them - where they can garden, meet neighbours, exercise, learn about nature, or just enjoy being in a quiet green space.
By becoming involved in the design, development and implementation of rejuvenating the park, local residents will also learn more about the importance of biodiversity and food growing and the steps they can take to achieve that in their own homes. By that we hope to contribute to outcomes such as the consumption of fresh produce and in turn create a reduction in food related carbon emissions and an increase in individuals eating a healthier diet and improving overall health.
Promoting the health and well-being of all the residents of the area
Involving local people and supporting them, through training and guidance
Carrying out and promoting environmental improvements and conservation
Promoting sport, community recreation and play facilities
Working with similar groups and exchanging information
How the park used to look pre - 2014
About Harlesden Town Garden
Harlesden Town Garden Map 2019