A marshland which has undergone a two year project to restore it back to “former glory” and reduce flooding will be officially opened by the Mayor of Harrow.

Stanmore Marsh Wetlands, in Marsh Lane, Harrow, used to be full of wildlife and part of it was known as Toad Pond.

However, over the years it dried up and became neglected, which meant the chance of flooding increased.

After the regeneration project, the four acre site will now have a 400m footpath and several hundred metres of water environments which are made up of a network of restored small wetlands and ditches.

Thames21 and Harrow Council, who have worked in partnership to deliver the project, will open the Wetlands on Wednesday, June 28, with Mayor of Harrow Margaret Davine.

Vicky D’Souza, Stanmore Marsh project officer at Thames21, said that the marsh will be a “great place for people and wildlife to enjoy”.

She said: “Volunteers have been invaluable in helping to restore this site, with activities such as planting bulbs, carrying out pond improvements and removing litter.

“They are a vitally important part of this project, because they can act as champions and continue to make improvements to ensure Stanmore Marsh remains a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy.”

Cllr Graham Henson, Harrow Council’s cabinet member for environment, called the development a “fantastic transformation” for people to use in the summer.

He added: “A few years ago this was a dull and neglected piece of land, but today Stanmore Marsh is a beautiful, bright and welcoming open space - a ‘go to’ place for local residents and park users this summer with lots to see and do.

“Not just that, but new open space provides better flood alleviation. I would like to thank our partners and most importantly volunteers who have helped transform this disused open space and build a better Harrow for residents and the local community.”