Park News

Plastic waste strikes again

Thanks to all those who helped the Egyptian goose at Jubilee Pond, Wanstead Flats, whose beak had been trapped in a discarded plastic coffee cup lid. We are happy to report that, thanks to the intervention of Steve at swansupport.co.uk, the goose has now been freed. Hat-tip to Gail Walker for the story.

Trapped in a discarded plastic coffee cup lid
A flicker of recognition

Epping Forest Candles Company has started selling a range of handcrafted votives. “#2 Wanstead Woods” promises to bring the scent of English bluebells to your home. For more details, go to eppingforestcandles.co.uk

Bluebell wardens

“Perhaps next year we volunteer to be Bluebell Wardens to try to stop this happening?” Amid reports of altercations in Chalet Wood after visitors have been asked not to step on the bluebells, Friends of Wanstead Parklands Facebook Lisa Quinn user suggested a volunteer body to patrol the woodland during flowering season. Or should visitors be left to use their common sense? Join the conversation here.

Swan Up

The Shoulder of Mutton swans have been spotted with cygnets. For pictures, go to the Facebook page.

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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