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Tiptoe through the bluebells

Much disquiet on the Facebook page over a reported increase in trampling of the Chalet Wood bluebells this year – despite extra signage and the trail marked with logs laid by the Wren Group. Have you seen any egregious examples of disregard by dog-walkers, bike riders or influencers? How can park users be educated or encouraged not to walk on the bluebells? Join the conversation.

The blue review

Prolific east London blogger, Diamond Geezer, has posted an idiosyncratic review of this year’s Chalet Wood bluebells on his site.

Loads of rubbish

Wanstead Flats has seen some extreme flytipping action this week – one haul, found near the Golden Fleece pub, comprised several divan beds . Can anything be done? Please add your suggestions here.

But the volunteer litter-pickers were out in numbers in the park on Sunday. Fifteen bags of litter were removed and new friends made.

Seen a terrapin?

If so, the University of Kent would like to hear from you.

Book Now

On Saturday July 10, Historian Dr Hannah Armstrong will be giving a talk about Wantead House, “East London’s Lost Palace”, ahead of publication of her much-anticipated book next summer.

Subject to easing of lockdown restrictions, join us at St Mary the Virgin Church (1 Langley Drive, E11 2LN).

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Starts 7pm. Booking details from wansteadparish.org/events

A very warm welcome

The Friends are a group of people who love Wanstead Park.

Once the site of one of England’s grandest houses, the Park still retains a 17th Century lake cascade unique to London.

It’s historical significance is complemented by its natural beauty, and provides a magical environment for the local community.

Now a Charity, our Mission is to raise public awareness of the history and ecology of Wanstead Park, fund improvements, and campaign for its preservation and enhancement.

We aim to represent the users of the Park, and are supported by an enthusiastic Membership and active Social Media following.

Please join us and help to ensure the Park remains the East London gem it is.

John Sharpe

Chair of Friends of Wanstead Parklands

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