Bedfont Lakes Country Park was opened in 1995 after revitalisation of the area and is now recognised for its wildlife and recreational value. It became a local reserve in 2000 and a site of metropolitan importance for nature conservation in 2007 and has consistently received Green Flag status since 1999.
The park is part of the London Borough of Hounslow and is managed by Hounslow Council company Lampton 360. Friends of Bedfont Lakes Country Park is a registered charity and raise funds for improvements at the park.
The volunteer group
Encouraged by the success of early working parties, the Bedfont Lakes Conservation Volunteers (BLCV) group was formed in June 2008, with the aim to maintain and nurture the park's habitats for the benefit of the local wildlife.
Our work has included:
maintaining the reedbeds around the park,
opening up areas to encourage new species to thrive,
repairing fences, paths and steps,
clearing water channels and scrub to improve the habitat for wildlife.
The volunteers meet every three weeks on Saturday. We are mostly local people from the surrounding Bedfont, Feltham, Ashford and Hounslow areas, brought together by a shared wish to nurture the local wildlife and natural habitats, to meet like-minded people, and to participate in a social, active day. You do not need a qualification or specialised training to join in; a park ranger always accompanies the group, provides guidance on the type of activity, and can advise you on the correct use of tools.