A screenshot from 'Hounslow's Green Strategy" (c) LSA

The London Screen Archives, managed by Film London offers some historic footage of London's parks and open spaces as well as other topics.

Some are silent, but more modern ones include soundtracks, some with commentary which was once acceptable, but could cause offence today; watch this 1954 movie called Green Islands.

Times and society change, as does the way we manage our parks and public spaces. Promoting parks is something council’s have done for a long time. This 20 minute film, Hounslow’s Green Strategy, features the voice of a young Alan Titchmarsh, and was produced in 1998.

Screenshot (c) Londonsscreenarchives.org.uk

The coronavirus outbreak has reminded us how important these green spaces are to our health and wellbeing. If you want a recap, see our Parks Magic pages.

Crane Park South, Hounslow; Richmond upon Thames

  • For a length of over 5 km, the River Crane is bordered by habitats of remarkable diversity, including woodland, dry pastures, water meadows and areas of open water. Willow-alder woodland occurs in several places, which is a rare habitat in London. The riv

Gunnersbury Park, Hounslow

  • Gunnersbury Park is a large, attractively landscaped park, in which there are two interesting wildlife areas and an historic manor house.

Boston Manor Park, Hounslow

  • London's canals provide a home for many fish and aquatic plants, and are a great way to enjoy the natural world in some of the city's most built-up areas.

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