Horsenden West, Perivale

Coronation Meadow

Part of Horsenden Hill, the largest single nature conservation site within the Borough of Ealing, Horsenden West is the Coronation Meadow for Greater London. Bordered by the Grand Union Canal it contains a mosaic of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ponds.

"Between the 1950s and 1980s, the site had very little nature conservation value as it was mostly cut as amenity grass. However now it is managed for the wildflowers, walking through it gives you the impression you’re in the countryside, not greater London. The surrounding habitats are also valuable, including wetlands and mature hedges"

- Tim Crane, London Borough of Ealing Ranger

Owned and Managed by

Ealing Council

Species to spot



  • Bird’s-foot trefoil

    Best time to see: May-Sept.

    Also known as 'eggs and bacon', Bird's-foot trefoil is a good source of nectar for insects and forage for cattle. The 'bird's-foot' of its name refers to the shape of its seed pods.

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  • Meadow vetchling

    Best time to see: April - Aug.

    A favourite of farmers and cattle alike: its roots fix nitrogen from the air making the soil more fertile and its protein-rich seeds are a good source of food when mixed in hay. Image © Plantlife/Andrew Gagg.

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  • Meadow buttercup

    Best time to see: May - Aug.

    A giant relative of the buttercups often on lawns. Its likely this flower put the 'butter' in buttercup given its tendency to grow in meadows grazed by dairy cows. © Ray Woods.

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