TQ2479 : Rainwater storage ditch, Holland Park

taken 1 month ago, near to Kensington, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

Rainwater storage ditch, Holland Park
Rainwater storage ditch, Holland Park
The park slopes down to Abbotsbury Road which is just beyond this strip of woodland. Most rainwater in the park is trapped higher up to soak into the ground. This deep ditch catches any overflow; after a wet February there is water in it in the photo. Photo TQ2479 : Bank in woodland to conserve rainwater, Holland Park shows this scene in summer.
Holland Park rainwater conservation

Rainwater flow from paths and woodland is being diverted into shallow pools. "This Sustainable Drainage System within one of the major London Parks will solve existing erosion and flooding issues whilst enhancing the natural character of the Park. We will be introducing a series of dynamic and biodiverse features such as micropools, swales, basins and wetland areas to delight visitors especially when it rains." Robert Bray Associates description of the project LinkExternal link

Holland Park

Holland Park is about 22 hectares in area and is considered one of the most peaceful parks of West London. The northern half or so of the park is semi-wild woodland, the central section around the ruins of Holland House is more formal with several garden areas, and the southernmost section is used for sport.
Holland House is now a fragmentary ruin, having been devastated by incendiary bombing in 1940, but the ruins and the grounds were bought by London County Council in 1952 from the last private owner, the 6th Earl of Ilchester. Today the remains of the house form a backdrop for the open air Holland Park Theatre, which is the home of Opera Holland Park. The green-roofed Commonwealth Institute lies to the south.
The park contains a famous orangery, a giant chess set, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, a youth hostel, one of London's best equipped children's playgrounds, squirrels and (impressively for a London park) peacocks. In 2010, the park set aside a part which is home to pigs, their job over the next 12 months is to reclaim the area from nettles etc., in order to create another meadow area for wild flowers and fauna.
The Holland Park Ecology Centre, operated by the borough's Ecology Service, offers environmental education programs including nature walks, talks, programs for schools and outdoor activity programs for children.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 February, 2020   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 3 March, 2020
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Water resources 
Primary Subject of Photo
Water Infrastructure 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2453 7977 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.1893N 0:12.4323W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2455 7978
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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