|Happy Birthday Gunnersbury Triangle|
Celetrating thirty years as a favourite local nature reserve
Thirty three years ago Chiswick Road resident Anne Mayo noticed that trees in the triangular plot of land between the railway tracks were being chopped down. Anne is a dedicated conservationist so she went to find out what was going on and discovered to her horror that the land was going to be developed for industrial purposes. So she put notices on trees in the High Road asking people who were concerned to attend a meeting to help fight the development. The meeting was packed out and the campaign to save the Triangle got underway. The rest is history.
On Sunday The London Wildlife Trust, who manage the site now, threw a party to celebrate 30 years of successful management of what has become The Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve. The lovely sunny day was in stark contrast to the weather on the 6 th August 1985 when the first visitors were welcomed to the reserve and it poured with rain.
One of the founders of the campaign, Jan Hewlett reflected on the day that the first visitors were welcomed visitors to the nature reserve, one very rainy afternoon on 6th August 1985 - which couldn't have been more different from the glorious sunshine on Sunday.
(l-r) Jan Hewlett, Gordon Scorer LWT's new CEO, Councillor Katherine Dunne, Anne Mayo,, Steve Curran Leader of Hounslow Council, Penny Flood and Anna Jackson
She said: “From the start establishing the woodland as a community nature reserve was through a partnership with Hounslow Council and the London Wildlife Trust. In the 1980s we were indebted to the Late Councillor Alf King, then Leader of the Council so it’s particularly fitting to welcome the present Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Curran, to this afternoon's celebration. It is also good to see Anne Mayo, who started the campaign to 'Save the Triangle' way back in 1982 and several others from the original campaigning team, as well as Gordon Scorer, the new CEO of London Wildlife Trust, and MP Ruth Cadbury.
She went on to thank conservation officer, Netty Ribeaux, for her excellent work in maintaining the nature reserve - both protecting the wildlife and making sure the paths are clear so people can enjoy it .Netty is now taking a break on maternity leave, and the site will be managed by Mike Fray.
A special cake had been baked for the occasion and as it was cut there was a toast to the next 30 years.
August 7, 2015