Cranford Park Friends is a volunteer group re-established, after a four-year hiatus, in November 2012 at a meeting in the park’s St. Dunstan’s Church. It aims to increase local knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Cranford Countryside Park, a historical green space in West London spanning 144 acres. This hidden gem is situated in a built-up area near Heathrow Airport in the London Borough of Hillingdon, on its border with Hounslow.
The Friends Group shares a common aim, and works in close collaboration with, the London Borough of Hillingdon, though it is an independent body serving the needs of members and visitors alike.
The park has diverse wildlife and habitats ranging from wildflower meadows, grassland and ornamental woodland, to the wetland of the River Crane, which runs its entire length. Much of it is a Conservation Area, with several Grade II Listed buildings, including medieval St. Dunstan’s Church, an extensive Ha-Ha and the 18th century Stable Block and Cellars of former Cranford House (demolished 1945). It features in the London Parks & Gardens Trust’s ‘Inventory of Historic Green Spaces’ and is centrally positioned among the Crane Valley’s parkland chain, stretching from Harrow to the river’s confluence with the Thames.