Sponsored walk to see beauty of Brent raises hundreds of pounds

More than 60 people met at Stonebridge Park Station to take part in the Brent Walk for Change organi

More than 60 people met at Stonebridge Park Station to take part in the Brent Walk for Change organised by Brent Friend's of the Earth - Credit: Archant

Residents in and around Wembley on a sponsored walk in the borough were surprised to find a beaten track of wide open fields and river paths.

The Brent Walk of Change, organised by Brent Friends of the Earth (FoE), saw more than 60 residents walk seven miles as part of a fundraising mission.

Other groups included Sufra NW London, the community foodbank and kitchen, and young adventurers from the 23rd Wembley Sahabah Scouts Group.

The walkers and young scooterers met at Stonebridge tube station on Sunday afternoon and took a trail to Kingsbury taking in Wembley Park, Welsh Harp, Chalkhill Park, St David’s Close Open Space, the Silver Jubilee Park and Fryent Country Park.

Martin Francis, who plotted the course, said: “It was a great day. One kid scooted all the way there. I told him ‘you’ve just got one leg doing all the work!’ There were also people who marvelled that these places exist who have lived in Brent for years.”

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Pam Lawrence, co-co-ordinator for Brent FoE, said: “It was lovely to show people the really lovely areas in Brent. For nine tenths of the walk we were on grass, walking along the River Brent, along the Welsh Harp.

“The sun was filtering through trees lighting the leaves, there were swans on the water. So many of the group didn’t know all this is here, it really is beautiful.”

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She added: “Brent FoE would really like more people to get involved, then we can do much more.”

The walk has raised £250 so far.

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