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Southall Grand Union Canal Wellbeing Way

Canalside Improvements and Wellbeing

The Southall Grand Union Canal Wellbeing Way is a green corridor that wraps around Southall, allowing local people to step away from the urban streets and connect with nature.

Canal & River Trust, Ealing Council, Peabody, and Ealing Council's Sport England National Lottery funded Let's Go Southall project are working together to transform the canal towpaths and surrounding green spaces in Southall. The improvements will provide opportunities for Southall's community and visitors to lead more active lives and boost their wellbeing, while enhancing the biodiversity and climate resilience of the area.

We launched the project in July 2022 at Havelock Road Canalside Park: watch our introductory video to see what the project is all about.

The project will integrate the canal with a chain of nearby green spaces and carry out a series of enrichments, including waterside place-making, creating new habitats for wildlife, works to the towpath to improve the surface and allow better access to the canal, play and interpretation, flood resilience, and gardening and looking after the environment to allow nature and people to thrive.

If you'd like to receive more information on how to get involved and the programme of wellbeing activities when available, please send an email with the title Southall Wellbeing Way to [email protected]

The five areas for improvements are:

  • Spikes Bridge Park
  • Bankside
  • Southall Recreation Ground
  • Havelock Road Canalside Park
  • Glade Lane Canalside Park and Norwood Top Lock

We are delighted to have been allocated a grant of £700,000 from the Mayor's Green and Resilient Spaces Fund to support the delivery of the project over the next two years.

Improvements update:

Improvement work is being carried out by Canal & River Trust and Ealing Council at the various locations through 2023/24:

  • Trimming of vegetation along the towpath and at Glade Lane lock-keeper's cottage – completed February 2023
  • Towpath surface and access improvements – underway from March to May 2023 between Norwood Road and Norwood Top Lock (Glade Lane). Completed June 2023.
  • Bankside towpath tree removal, hedge and wildflower planting - tree removal completed planting from September 2023.
  • Havelock Canalside Park and Norwood Top Lock – from March 2023
  • Glade Lane Wetland habitat creation and community canalside garden
    – preparation underway from March 2023

There will be further improvements carried out throughout the year and through to March 2024. Check back here for updates.

Get involved

The project is being co-designed by members of the Southall community, shaping the plans for the Wellbeing Way. Find out how to get involved, participate in active volunteering in the creation and nurturing of these special spaces and take part in a programme of wellbeing activities which you can help create.

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Yes - I would like to be kept up to date/I have a question

If you would like to get involved, would like to be kept up to date with progress, or have any questions, there is more information on the design workshops via the link at the top of the page or please send an email with the title Southall Wellbeing Way to [email protected]

This is where it started

Thank you to everyone who completed the feasibility study survey online and attended sessions in early 2021 to give us your views and suggestions on how we can improve the canal-side in Southall.

How can we create more special canal places in Southall?

We are developing opportunities and innovative ways to:

  • Create attractive and inviting spaces on and around the canal
  • Link the canal from nearby areas, parks and green spaces
  • Improve the environment for wildlife and people
  • Provide opportunities to enjoy the canal and connect with the water and nature
  • Provide opportunities to connect with others and enjoy family time outdoors
  • Provide nice places to wander, dwell, exercise
  • Link community culture and the canal

What happens next?

Together with the Southall community we will be developing the proposed enhancements and wellbeing activity programme during 2022/23. Improvements will happen between 2022 and 2024 to make better canal-side places for everyone in Southall:

  • 2021 – online survey and community sessions undertaken and feasibility summary report produced
  • March 2022 – project funding secured
  • Autumn 2022 to Spring 2023 - community design workshops and online survey with local residents and stakeholders to develop the ideas into designs (see links above)
  • 2022 to 2024 - improvements to the parks and green spaces along the Wellbeing Way, improvements to the towpath between Norwood Top Lock and Norwood Road
  • 2022 to 2024 – programme of wellbeing activities along the Wellbeing Way.

If you would like to get involved in shaping the project, help to make it happen or simply to find out more, get in touch via the links above and do check back regularly for updates to this webpage.

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Last Edited: 06 February 2024

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