Stories Crane Park Island's Ruins This Audio guide was produced by Theo Harrison, James Ferris, Jojo M, Dennis Watson, Jayden L, Emiliano Haskurti and Seb Rennie Here you can see the remains of some of the buildings used in gunpowder production when this site was the Hounslow gunpowder mills. The mills operating from 17… to 1926 and employed over 300 people. You can see the buildings had huge walls designed to try and contain the frequent explosions that occurred. In the spring and summer this area becomes a wild flower meadow- you will see plenty of bees and butterflies feeding on the nectar from these plants. We try and keep the area clear to allow sun into the habitat. The aim of the Keeping it Wild project is to empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in natural heritage, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wild spaces. Headliners are working in partnership with London Wildlife Trust, John Muir Trust, and London Youth to inspire the young people to investigate the issues facing green spaces and to engage with nature through social action projects and traineeships.