Residents enjoy the wild and the wonderful at Hounslow Heath

Hundreds of residents enjoyed taking a different path at the weekend, with the new walking trails showcasing the colourful past of Hounslow Heath and its many wildlife inhabitants.

Published: Wednesday, 25th October 2017

Image of Hounslow residents attending the new walking trail launch in Hounslow Heath.

Hundreds of residents enjoyed taking a different path at the weekend, with the new walking trails showcasing the colourful past of Hounslow Heath and its many wildlife inhabitants.

Families flocked to the Fairground Area, Hounslow, to follow the History Hike, which highlights characters and events that has shaped the Heath’s past.

Alongside that, is the Wild Walk, which shows the Heath is home to some rare wildlife including Muntjac deer, water voles, newts and kestrels amongst others.

Several wooden markers are in place across the Heath, with images and facts and visitors can follow detailed maps so they walk and discover at the same time.

The trails have been created by Hounslow Council in partnership with Friends of the River Crane Environment, Green Gym, Nature Links, Intelligent Health and One You Hounslow.

Helping to launch the new trails on Saturday [21 October], was Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Hounslow Council, the Deputy Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Mukesh Malhotra and Hounslow Heath ward Councillor Corinna Smart.

They were joined by staff from the Beat the Street activity challenge, who were there to encourage over 300 visitors to tap the golden beat box to get bonus points.

Younger children were also able to meet mascots Professor Queen Bee and Highway Jude, who kept everyone entertained along the way.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “I was delighted to see all the families at Hounslow Heath enjoying what is a great activity venture. We are so pleased to have this.

“Not only can you learn something new about the Heath, you can do this whilst having fun and being active. I know that many people hadn’t visited the Heath very much or at all before, but now they have a good reason to do so and can enjoy the trails all year round!”

Volunteers and members of local organisations came together to help lead the walks, including Hounslow Heath Green Gym, The Conservation Volunteers, Friends of the River Crane, Save Hounslow Heath group, local historians, Hounslow & District History Society, Walking for Health project, Nature Links and Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School.

For details visit the Hounslow Heath webpage