As Wanstead Park inches toward its long-awaited Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid, another local park is already in the early stages of a £6m restoration project. Hainault Forest Country Park, managed by the London Borough of Redbridge, is to undergo a programme of work focusing on four key areas – investment in biodiversity, landscape and buildings, works to re-focus the popular children’s zoo and to improve the range of activities on offer for visitors. Continue reading AS WANSTEAD PARK WAITS, ANOTHER LOCAL HLF-FUNDED PROJECT IS ALREADY UNDERWAY
The long-awaited Wanstead Park Summit was held at the House of Commons on 22 November 2017. It brought together a high-profile gathering of stakeholders in the project for the park’s regeneration, and the Friends of Wanstead Parklands have hailed it as a “potential breakthrough” in resolving obstacles to a lottery-funded scheme of improvements. Continue reading Wanstead Park Summit offers potential breakthrough on lottery funding
Sunday (26 November 2017) saw the launch of the Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group’s latest photographic exhibition at The Temple in Wanstead Park. Continue reading “Trees in the landscape” exhibition launches at The Temple
Over the last couple of years, visitors to Wanstead Park have been becoming increasingly concerned at the state of the lakes. Now, at last, we’ve got some good news to report. Continue reading Good news on Wanstead Park’s lakes!
"35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club. The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Continue reading Wanstead Park Nature Club “blooming”!
The Friends' Halloween event held last night (29 October 2017) at The Temple clearly came with high expectations, as it sold out well in advance. Continue reading Halloween fun at The Temple
Veronica Smith, who died recently aged 92, has left a generous bequest to the Friends of Wanstead Parklands. Her niece Catherine told the Friends: "Wanstead Park has been part of the family for fifty years". Continue reading Friends receive a generous bequest from a local resident
Yesterday (Sunday 22 October 2017) the Friends of Wanstead Parklands led a walk around Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats. This, the last in this year's series of five walks, was the group’s contribution to the 2017 Epping Forest Walking Festival. Continue reading Friends celebrate the Epping Forest Walking Festival
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended. Continue reading Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?