Why Boston Manor Park is my favourite Hounslow park

Boston Manor Park has been hitting the headlines recently, with the manor house having a starring role in TV documentary Heritage Rescue. With the renovation of the manor house nearing completion and the park also undergoing a transformation, these are exciting times for Boston Manor Park.

Here, as part of our Love Parks Week series, Natural Park Manager Vanessa Hampton, tells us all about life on the Manor.

As the Natural Park Manager of Boston Manor Park, it will be no surprise that it is also my favourite park.

It’s a joy to come to work each day in this historical and beautiful park. We are fortunate to have such a varied range of places to sit, walk, play and relax – from the cooling shade of the woodlands with their characterful veteran trees, the tranquil river and wildflower meadows humming with life, to the well-provisioned playground, tennis courts and fitness park for our energetic visitors and of course the stunning Manor itself presiding over the park.  

You might not know that Boston Manor Park is part way through a Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project – so you’ll find more and more to explore and enjoy as the project progresses. The lake will have new edges, fence and a pond-dipping platform, we’ll have lots of beautiful planting in the park with community gardening and veg growing in the Walled Garden, and we’ll also have a café and activities building, which you can see opposite the playground.  

I’m also delivering a range of educational and fun activities for all ages throughout the year. This summer we have a packed programme of activities, including bat and bird walks, Forest School, mosaic-making, volunteer gardening and Wildlife Family Fun sessions. 

Feel free to contact me bostonmanorpark@hounslow.gov.uk to find out more about all our events. 

And I hope you enjoy visiting Boston Manor Park as much as I love working there!