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Discover the Green Side of Hounslow

The district known as Hounslow lies close to the centre of London and is within easy reach of Heathrow airport, the main economic powerhouse of the area. Despite this avowedly urban setting, however, and the fact that it is perhaps not as famous as some other areas of London, Hounslow still has much to recommend it in terms of tourism, and staying at the best Western Hounslow hotel means being within quick and easy travelling distance of some of the most famous London landmarks. It shouldn’t be forgotten, however, that there is much to recommend Hounslow in its own right, and those who have never been there before may be surprised to discover how many wide open green spaces, parks and playgrounds it contains. The local council, indeed, claim that Hounslow contains a higher percentage of green space than any other borough of the city.

Chiswick House Gardens

These gardens are often referred to as being the birthplace of English landscape gardening, having been designed in the 1700’s by the third Earl of Burlington. More recently, they have been refurbished to the tune of £12.1 million, a revamping which included the 300 ft long conservatory being restored and the building of a brand new, award winning café.

Bedfont Lakes Country Park

This park, which sits close to Heathrow airport, was created as recently as the 1990’s. It’s many attractions include wildflower meadows, several lakes, a nature reserve, a dog walking area, a children’s playground and an information centre next to the car park.

Hounslow Heath

This Heath is one of the largest nature reserves in the whole of London, but even the vast space it covers now is just a fraction of what was once a massive heath spread out over the majority of south-west Middlesex. Today, it is a haven for endangered plants and animals and has an information centre situated at the entrance on Staines Road.

Dukes Meadows

This is one of the best family parks in the whole of Hounslow. It was originally purchased by Chiswick Council in 1923, from its then owner, the Duke of Devonshire. In the 1920’s a playground was built in the park, along with a paddling pool, a bandstand and a promenade of the type usually found at the seaside, which here runs along the riverfront. In recent years a new paddling pool and sand pit have been added, making it the perfect place to spend the day out with your family.

Hounslow Urban Farm

The first thing you think of when considering London is probably not farming, but the city is actually peppered with urban farms, of which this is one of the largest. The tame and well behaved animals on the farm include pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, ponies and poultry, and other facilities include a café, a shop selling souvenirs, a wet weather barn and a café.

All of these green spaces represent oases of calm and tranquillity within which it’s actually possible to forget you are in the centre of one of the world’s largest and most crowded cities. Pay a visit, and enjoy a day of fresh air and relaxation.

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