Harefield Village Green, Breakspear Road North, Harefield, London, UB9 6EG - Fields in Trust
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Harefield Village Green, Breakspear Road North, Harefield, London, UB9 6EG

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Centenary Field

25/04/2015

Managing organisation:
London Borough of Hillingdon

Further info

Harefield Village Green is a 4.5 acre historic green containing a children's playground and informal open areas.

The Green has a World War One War Memorial on it. Two Victoria Cross medals were awarded during World War I to two men born in the village - Cecil John Kinross and Robert Ryder. The 100th anniversary commemorative pavement plaques for these two VC recipients are to be placed adjacent to the World War I memorial. The Green also has a globe on a pole indicating the long-held association of the village with Australia originating in World War I. Harefield is world renowned for its hospital. The first hospital on the site was established in the First World War for the treatment of injured Australians and New Zealanders. (In November 1914 Mr and Mrs Charles Billyard-Leake, Australian residents in the UK, offered their home, Harefield Park House and its grounds, to the Minister of Defence in Melbourne for use as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers of the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF). The offer was accepted by the Commonwealth Defence Department and the property became the No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital in December 1914. The village holds an annual memorial on Anzac Day, attended by the Mayor and other dignitaries and the local schools have recently maintained relationships with Australia by skyping fellow students on that day.

The green has been registered as a common since 1813 and is a Green Flag awarded park. The Green contains a pond within it.

Facilities
Play Area

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