Horsenden is the largest single nature conservation site within the borough at 100 hectares. Located in Perivale this site comprises of meadows, wetland and woodland habitat so there is plenty to see.
A beautiful area of ancient woodland, grassland, ponds and hedgerows, it’s home to a variety of wildlife and provides an opportunity to experience nature and escape from city life.
The site is broken up into three distinctive sections: Horsenden East, bordered by Horsenden Lane North, contains large areas of woodland, with smaller patches of grassland which are managed by grazing the fields with cattle. There are amazing views from the summit which, at 84 metres above sea level, is the highest point in Ealing.
Horsenden West, on the opposite side of the lane and bordered by the Grand Union Canal, contains a mosaic of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ponds.
On the southern side of the canal lies Paradise Fields comprising scrapes, reed beds and lagoons offering a peaceful haven for wildlife and visitors alike.
There are clearly marked walking trails throughout the area.
At the base of the hill is Horsenden Farm. Here visitors will find a children’s play park with swings, a maze and a pirate ship among other attractions; a restful Sensory Garden, enchanting original artwork and sculptured installations.
The Farm Courtyard and Hayloft are the centre of community events such as the Farm Shop, Perivale Brewery Tap Days, guided nature walks, open days, craft workshops, foraging days, volunteer activities and much more.
The children’s play area and the car park are open 365 days a year. The Gruffalo trail and Horsenden Hill is accessible from the farm’s car park during the park opening times.