Harrow Council has invited people to a park open day to celebrate a nine-month restoration process.

It has been working in Newton Park, South Harrow, since November last year to improve its facilities and increase its flood defences.

As well as the introduction of new footpaths and bridges, the park now boasts four wetlands and a more diverse wildlife habitat.

Those who make use of the park – or who plan to in the future – are invited to an open day on July 17.

Schoolchildren from Newton Farm will take part in the event, which will include the planting of 500 aquatic plants, water testing and tours of the site.

When the plans were originally announced, Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said they would make the park “better, more attractive and encourage healthy living”.

He added that this was a park which is “loved and used by all our residents” and he hopes to see as many people as possible attend the official opening at 1.15pm.

He will be joined by Cllr Kareema Marikar, the Mayor of Harrow, to christen the new and improved 46-acre space.