Ealing Council - give rewilded urban meadow Warren Farm the status of Local Nature Reserve

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Warren Farm Nature Reserve is a unique, 61-acre urban meadow in West London, UK. The land has been successfully rewilded over the last ten years and is now bursting with incredible plant species with astounding beneficial results for wildlife. Tragically, this special green space is under threat of being lost forever to development unless urgent action is taken.   

The Mayor of London has declared a Climate Emergency, and with less than 2% of our national wildflower meadows left, and the UK being ranked as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, there has never been a more crucial time to protect sites such as Warren Farm Nature Reserve for future generations and for the biodiversity on which we all depend.

In September 2020, the Wildlife Trusts called on the government to create ‘Wildbelt’ land across urban areas of Britain – land specifically designated for nature recovery. Warren Farm Nature Reserve and the surrounding Brent River Park Meadows are already Wildbelt land. Warren Farm is home to thousands of species, many of them rare and red-listed. Skylarks, yarrow pugs, yellow necked mice, little owls, barn owls, wrynecks, ancient oak trees, rare clovers, slow-worms, toads and bats have all been recorded here - just to name a few.

There is a bold vision for Warren Farm. The forward-thinking Brent River & Canal Society (BRCS) have proposed that the green spaces surrounding Warren Farm should be brought together. Warren Farm Nature Reserve, Jubilee Meadow, Trumper’s Field, Blackberry Corner and Fox Meadow will collectively form one large Local Nature Reserve, with Warren Farm at its centre. 

We strongly urge Ealing Council, Labour Leader Julian Bell and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to take action to ensure that Warren Farm Nature Reserve and surrounding Brent River Park Meadows obtain statutory Local Nature Reserve (LNR) designation. 

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