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An overview of Grove Farm Nature Reserve.

Grove Farm is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and a Statutory Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is a hidden urban gem which provides a biodiverse natural space in North Greenford. The deciduous woodland on Grove Farm contains broadleaf trees such as oak, ash, elm, hazel and blackthorn. Grove Farm has a particularly magnificent display of wood anemones in spring as well as native bluebells. It has rare trees including many wild service trees. All these species are indicators of ancient woodland. A stream runs along a valley through the site adding to its nature conservation interest. 

A larger area, overlapping the LNR in places, has been declared a SINC, Grade 1 by Ealing Council. This means it is recognised by the Council as a site of particular importance to wildlife and biodiversity, consequently  damage to this site would mean a significant loss at the Borough Level. Both the LNR and SINC sit within a wider green area designated as Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), which means that it is intended to be protected as an area of landscape, recreation, nature conservation or scientific interest and afforded the same levels of protection as the Green Belt.  This wider area of Grove Farm has been appreciated by locals as a site of recreation and natural beauty for over a century. John Spendan Lewis, who created the John Lewis partnership, owned and appreciated the natural beauty of Grove Farm from 1909 - 1919. He opened up the site to John Lewis employees for recreation. It was then bought by Lyons for local employees and finally passed into the ownership of the Council for all to enjoy.

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Friends of Grove Farm

Friends of Grove Farm is a local community group founded in September 2021 by members of the local community. The group aims to bring together people who love Grove Farm Nature Reserve and want to support a green space where both local wildlife and the community can flourish. We host a variety of talks and walks to encourage local people to explore Grove Farm and connect to nature. We undertake monthly litterpicks with LAGER Can to keep the nature reserve clean. Moreover, we work in collaboration with the Ealing Park Rangers, holding monthly conservation mornings with local volunteers to maintain and improve the current LNR space. So far the conservation work has focused on improving light levels and removing scrub to increase biodiversity. One result has been the magnificent display of wood anemones in spring this year. We welcome all to volunteer and get involved in our activities. 

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