Park of the Month - November 2023
This month we stay in Southall to explore the delightful and well equipped Jubilee Park. In 1935 Ealing Council purchased a site of over 12 acres of former farmland to create Jubilee Park and Jubilee Gardens, named for King George V's Silver Jubilee
When Jubilee Gardens or Park was opened the smaller area for Jubilee Gardens included an Arts and Crafts style Branch Library and Welfare Centre, with pleasure gardens having a lodge and WC, trees, flower beds and a shelter. The remaining area was laid out as a recreation ground with playground, provision for sport, paths, two shelters and tree planting. A pair of large black Italian poplar trees in the park pre-dated the municipal layout.
Walking through the original gates Jubilee Park has a feeling of the original with some formal gardens on either side and a central path leading to a shelter with seats. It is c. 5 hectares in size. There are stands of silver birch trees, a variety of established trees and Jubilee Park Orchard where volunteers, along with Ealing Council’s Park Rangers, helped plant more trees and fruiting hedges in 2018. These are now reasonably mature - looking somewhat untended - but fruiting! They include 18 varieties of Apple, five varieties of Plum and two varieties of Nuts. Additionally there is Common Dogwood, Thorn, Blackthorn, Chokeberry, Honeysuckle, Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Whitecurrant, Gooseberry and Raspberry.
The park has a variety of outdoor gym equipment in different areas and a central MUGA/basketball area. There are wide green spaces to run and have fun for adults and children alike and shady areas to sit and picnic or relax on the grass. Last year Voice of Women (VoW) had a fundraising campaign to establish dance and exercise for women in the Park.
The Park has a play area with mainly climbing frames and boasts a reasonable size zipwire.
Finally - Why Visit?
This is a calm and open space, with some beautiful trees - a fun play and zipwire area, picnicking space, under cover seating area , a good selection of different pieces of outdoor exercise equipment throughout the Park.
How to get here:
The park is open from 7.30am - dusk.
Access via Jubilee Gardens, Somerset Road, Southall, UB1 2TL
Rail: Greenford, Southall then bus. Tube: Greenford (Central then bus. Bus: 95, 105.