Gunnersbury Triangle, the local nature reserve between the railway tracks by Chiswick Park station, has plans for a new visitor centre.
The existing ‘centre’ is more of a dilapidated shed which has served the site for more than 30 years, and is no longer fit for purpose. “We’ve wanted to do this for many years” says Ian Tokelove, spokesman for the London Wildlife Trust, which runs the reserve. “It’s much needed. We have a very active volunteer group but it’s not a nice place to work, particularly in winter, it’s cold and damp”.
The opportunity for a new centre has come about through the development of nine new homes on adjoining land as part of a joint venture between EcoWorld London and London Borough of Hounslow’s development vehicle, Lampton 360.
If the London Borough of Ealing grants planning permission they look forward to new facilities including better toilets and teaching space which they hope will improve engagement and increase their reach. The plans include a green roof and a living wall.
I asked whether the construction of it wouldn’t upset the wildlife. The impact would be “negligible” he said. Apparently there’s enough space for any creatures to hide out of the way without leaving the site altogether.
Artist’s drawings of what the new centre will look like
Photos by James Cracknell
Here is a video we made on Gunnersbury Triangle