A much-loved willow tree is to be cut down as part of council park improvement works despite a campaign to save it.

Plans to remove the tree, in Headstone Manor Park, were delayed after park users launched a petition against the proposals.

Harrow Council explained that it was scheduled to be felled as part of a major redevelopment scheme at the park that will cost around £2 million.

The scheme, which is funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Mayor of London, as well as by the council, will provide more play equipment and furniture in the park, as well as new footpaths, bridges and signs.

Money will also be used to revamp the historic orchard and restore the watercourses, including Yeading Brook.

Ultimately, it decided that it was impossible to carry out these works without removing the willow.

A spokesman for Harrow Council said the decision had “not been taken lightly” and that all possibilities were reviewed.

He added: “Our much loved and historical park is now ready to go through a makeover, and we are so excited.

“For years the park has fallen victim to flooding which has affected park users, local residents and the museum.

“Once complete, we’ll see flooding significantly reduced with better water quality and flood defences.

“Come summer you’ll get to enjoy a brand-new refurbished park with new trees, bridges, footpaths, and benches, as well as a new nature trail, meadow, watercourse and much more.”

The resident group associated with the area – Friends of Headstone Manor Park – expressed its thanks to all who “have taken the time to voice their views and support the petition, which led to this review being undertaken”.

It also noted that it will be involved with the planting of 11 new trees in the park as part of the redevelopment.