A NEW audio trail has been launched at Cranford Park by Hillingdon Council, to showcase the site’s historical and wildlife features. 

The route, around a mile in length, is indicated by 10 trail markers for visitors to find, each highlighting a key element of the site’s history or its range of wildlife species. 

Visitors will need to use the QR code, to be found on the introductory panel on the western wall of the new café building, to open the trail in a web browser on their mobile phone to start the tour. 

The web link also includes photos and a transcript of the narration visitors will hear.

Taking about an hour to complete, the route details some of the key features on the site, including the walled garden, community orchard, meadow and riverside, as well as historic structures like the ‘ha-ha’ and location of the ice house.  

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, said: “The audio guide can be accessed at any of the trail markers, so you can explore in whatever order you prefer, or depending on where you access the park.” 

The borough recently opened a new children’s playground on the site as part of its £4.6m restoration project of Cranford Park, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which also included works to restore the main stable building and cellars.