by Natalie Vincent Fri 23 February 2018, 4:27 pm
Work started on 12 February to regenerate a riverside park in Chiswick, following planning approval by Hounslow Council.
Dukes Meadows will see improvements made to its sporting facilities and public areas, including a new pedestrian bridge, better entrances for walkers, and ecological enhancements including tree planting and improvements to the nature reserve.
The creation of new habitats for bats was the first of the works to take place.
In addition, an improved boathouse for rowers will be built, and the sports pitches and pavilions will be renovated.
The plans are supported by the London Wildlife Trust (LWT) and national sporting governing bodies, including the County Football Association (County FA), the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and British Rowing, in addition to local clubs Old Meadonians Football Club, Chiswick Rugby Club, and Hounslow and Barnes Hockey Clubs.
Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council said: "The proposed plans have worked as a catalyst to inject funding into Dukes Meadows and has brought local clubs and stakeholders together to work more collaboratively.
"The council is committed to improving the great asset that is Dukes Meadows and we will continue to work alongside residents and stakeholders as the improvements take shape."