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EPF presents Islip Manor Park - Park of the Month, February 2022

 

In the second of our series, Ealing Parks Foundation is highlighting parks and green spaces across the borough. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to explore these parks, find out their history, enjoy the magnificent trees, plants, wildlife, have fun in the playgrounds and make the most of the sports facilities.       We also want to show that Ealing's Parks are beautiful and worth visiting at any time of the year.

There’s something for everyone!

 

If you have a suggestion for future months, please send your ideas and any photos to info@ealingparks.foundation

Islip Manor Park was created on the former grounds of Islips Manor, whose history dates back to a C14th estate of the Ruislip family, Ruislips Place. It was renamed Islips Manor when the Lord of Northolt Manor purchased the estate in 1629. In 1853 it was purchased by antiquary George Harris who laid out the grounds and rebuilt the house, which remained in his wife's family after his death in 1890. Ealing Town Council purchased house and grounds in 1929; the house was used as a clinic and the grounds opened as a public park. There are vestiges of the C19th planting, with many fine trees, and the municipal layout included new planting, a bowling green and modest modern flower garden**

 

Islip Manor is a popular park located off Eastcote Lane in Northolt, UB5 offering:

  • Play equipment for all ages – natural logs for balancing, climbing frames, swings and slides

  • A table tennis table and 5 a side football/ basketball court

  • Beautiful winter planting – admire the dog wood and grasses at this time of the year  

  • Specimen trees dating from the time when the this was a large house and garden – for more history see the London Gardens Trust information

  • Birdsong in the Spinney – a wildlife area and community orchard planted by the children of Belvue School and Islip Manor nursery

  • A well-kept bowling green (Northolt Bowls Club)

  • Outdoor gym equipment and a marked out running track 

  • Green spaces and ponds – great for a walk or summer picnic 

  • An excellent cricket pitch hosting matches in the summer 

  • Islip Manor Children’s Centre with a range of activities for parents and children

 

Park signs show walking times to nearby Ealing green spaces – Belvue Park and site of Historic Moated Manor, Northala Fields, Islip Manor Meadows, Lord Halsbury’s Memorial Playing Fields and Sports Centre, Northolt Recreation Ground

 

Islip Manor is also on the route of the Dog Rose Ramble which runs from Hayes to Hillingdon, through Northolt if you want a longer walk.

 

For more information:

If you are interested in joining a new Friends of Islip Manor Park group - please contact 

qyocean@gmail.com

  

 **History courtesy of Go Parks London

Photographs by Jane Fernley