Mill Hill Park’s excellence as a Conservation Area depends on its property owners, its residents,and Ealing Council. The Council granted the Park Conservation Area status in 1993, in response to initiatives by a resident and owner, and today the Council ensures this status is maintained by means of legally binding planning controls.
Recently the Council took its original designation further to maintain and raise conservation standards in Mill Hill Park, publishing a Mill Hill Park Conservation Area Management Plan, with important pointers for property owners and residents alike. Click here for a copy of the Plan.
Mill Hill Park Conservation Area in Acton London W3 is one of 29 Ealing Conservation Areas.
Greening the Park
The mature street trees in the Conservation Area provide an important part of the Park’s special character. Their maintenance and any necessary replacement works are to be approached with sensitivity to this special character, in the view of the London Borough of Ealing.
Some of the trees in Mill Hill Park have had tree preservation orders on them since the 1970s. The trees that border several of the roads are a typical feature of garden suburbs in the French rural style. There is a requirement to give six weeks’ notice to the council of proposals to prune, lop or fell a tree in a conservation area, including within private property. This enables the council to consider making a tree preservation order.
The National Gardens Scheme
Three gardens in Mill Hill Road were open to the public in the summer of 2011 to raise money for charity under the National Gardens Scheme. Click here for Marcia Hurst’s description of her garden which is shown below (bottom centre).
Planting a community orchard
In February 2012 the Residents’ Association planted a community orchard in Heathfield Nature Gardens with the help of the London Orchard Project and Ealing Transitions. See the Residents’ Diary.