A WALKING tour of historic Gunnersbury Park and accompanying leaflet has been created by students.
Five students, who have English as a second language, were hoping to highlight some of the park's most interesting spots.
Their walk takes you around seven key areas to give you a taster of Gunnersbury’s amazing history. Each location at the park in Popes Lane, Acton, is numbered on the map and includes popular haunts including the large and small mansions, Orangery, Princess Amelia's Bath House and the Potomac tower and lake.
The £8,000 project was put together by Action Acton's Learning Centre and Ealing Council's parks department and paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Skills Funding Agency and the Equality and Diversity Partnership Project Fund.
John Blackmore, Action Acton's chief executive, said: "The head of the Learning Centre saw an opportunity for this innovative project with ESOL learners which we took to the council's parks department. We both saw the need to promote something so valuable, which could be used by as many people as possible.
"The students were totally involved in everything; going to the park and finding and mapping out its history. One of the students took most of the photographs. They all really enjoyed it and now more people can go round the park with the leaflet and podwalk and enjoy the park."
He said he was particuarly pleased that this was not a one-off project but one which would have a long term impact. He said: "This will benefit hundreds of people over the years. Lots of people, even if they live on the doorstep, don't go to Gunnersbury Park. Now everyone has a chance to do so."
The leaflet and podwalk can be downloaded as an mp3 from www.ealing.gov.uk/gunnersbury/walks