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A walk around Wanstead Park

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands are leading a walk around Wanstead Park on Sunday 22 October.

This, the last in this year's series of five walks, is part of the Epping Forest Walking Festival. The route will take participants on a leisurely stroll around the western side of the park, comprising Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats.

Starting at 11am outside the Quaker Meeting House on Bush Road, the walk will probably take two hours, and will point out vestiges of seventeenth and eighteenth century landscaping and the site of a Roman road. We may also spot some interesting fungi!

The official walk will end at a bus stop on Blake Hall Road, but the more energetic will be invited to continue through the park to The Temple. Now housing a visitor centre and gift shop, the Temple is open every weekend. It was originally built around 1760 by John, 2nd Earl Tylney of Castlemaine.

The walks are free, but donations to the group are welcome. As paths may be muddy, suitable footwear is advised.

Chairman Runs for Charity

Heart UK

On the 23rd April I will be running the London Marathon for Heart UK, a national charity focussed on preventing unnecessary and early deaths caused by high cholesterol.

I am running for Heart UK as sadly Heart disease has had a devastating effect on my family. Both my parents died of heart failure and so to did my brothers Pat, Tony and Eamonn, all in their 40s.

Seventh Marathon

This will be my 7th Marathon and I hope to raise as much as possible for Heart UK. I am looking forward to next April as London is the best supported of all the Marathons.

I hope you can support me in any way you can. Below is my fund raising page if you would like to donate.

Best Wishes



The Wren Group is putting on a photo exhibition at The Temple in Wanstead Park in January 2017 to celebrate the area's wildlife diversity/Wanstead 1000.

Please send in your best photographs of any animals, including insects, and plants. 20 will be selected by a panel of Wren committee members. The selected images will be professionally printed, mounted and framed. And, after the exhibition, they will be presented to the photographer.

All submissions should be hi-res files, and should be sent to Tony Morrison at

A chance to volunteer

Did you ever fancy being a National Trust volunteer but there's no historic properties nearby to love and cherish?  Do you  have an interest in history and a knowledge of  the heritage Wanstead Park in particular? Now is your chance  to help out at the historic property on our doorstep! The Temple in Wanstead Park is  a Grade 2 listed building dating from the 1760s and is a survival from the heyday of Wanstead Park. It is open to the public every weekend.  This gives visitors the opportunity not only  to visit this unique and beautiful building but also to learn about the extraordinary history of the Park. Continue reading A chance to volunteer

Dwight & Son bike on

Dwight (59) and; Lewis 13 Cycle Cycle Tour around the coast of the UK. 2014 to 2016, over 3 summers: 1st summer:-2650(ish) miles Exeter to Edinbugh in (roughly) 42 days then 2nd summer 2015 600 miles 10 days, Edinburgh to London.  3rd Summer 2016 10 days complete full round uk coastal tour 500 Exeter to London miles (total mileage well over 3000 miles) a Young persons record!

For more and to support Dwight and Lewis follow this link.

A Message from the new chair of FWP

Wanstead Park is a magical place because it is a work of art and nature. Amongst its wood and lakes are earth mounds and terraces that were once part of a formal landscape, it retains the Temple and the Grotto, follies of a bygone age and many of its lakes are those created in the seventeenth century.  Its extensive avenues which stretched to Leytonstone and Wanstead are still to be found, in part, on the forest lands, sentinels of a grand design.

In recent years the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and the City of London Corporation have formed a partnership to reveal the ancient landscape and make the park more accessible to the local communities and those from further afield.  Thousands use the park, to walk their dogs, take their children out, picnic, bird watch, run, fish, exercise and simply relax.

Our mission is to tell the story of Wanstead Park to its visitors, to improve its facilities and recreate in places some of the atmosphere of the ancient gardens and park. A parkland plan has been drawn up and our immediate priority is a bid to Heritage Lottery Fund for several million pounds to restore the park and once again make it one of England’s premier parks.

Please read and enjoy the website and join the Friends in our mission to improve Wanstead Park.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

John Meehan

Chair of Friends of Wanstead Parklands

AGM Spectacular for Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The AGM to attend and be seen at

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

7pm for 7.15pm  at  Wanstead Golf Club, E11 2LW

Introduction by the Chair

Keynote speakers including:

1.    John Cryer MP representing the Parliamentary Support Group for Wanstead Park
2.    Geraldine Roberts author of The Angel and The Cad

Meet and greet with local supporting groups

Drinks and nibbles available

Fireworks Spectacular

Book a place on Eventbrite

Download flyer

Register for free at

Free for members | £5 non-members (incl membership) | Affiliate members: £1

All ages welcome to celebrate our achievements and have a good time!