Author: Simon Skelding

  • Nina, Goose and Nutty: photos

    Nina, Goose and Nutty: photos

    The welcome to the three cows in the park has been as warm this year as it was last year. Here are some photos taken by park users and sent in to us. Our thanks to Anila Hussain @akhussainphotography, Olenka Gradiosielska, Alison Sale, Jan Tallis, Ro Freeman, Cedric Knight, John Sharpe, Gill James, Greg Harper, […]

  • Curtains up on a summer of theatre

    Curtains up on a summer of theatre

    Ahead of the nearly sold-out first night of Wanstead Park’s open-air theatre season this weekend, another new production has been added to the summer-long programme. The season kicks off on Sunday July 4, with touring troupe Illyria offering their take on Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring romantic comedies. At time of […]

  • Nuru, Nina and Quinine Go To Wanstead Park

    Nuru, Nina and Quinine Go To Wanstead Park

    Inspired by the arrival of the three cows in Wanstead Park this summer, local artist Karen Humpage has created a painting to mark the occasion. The image above shows her response to their arrival. She is also offering prints for sale at this web address. And for every copy sold via this link Karen will […]



    Geoff Sinclair, Head of Operations at Epping Forest, explains why the City of London Corporation’s cattle-grazing trial is good news for wildlife conservation. This article first appeared in the October 2020 edition of Wanstead Village Directory.

  • Plans afoot for Wanstead’s historic Grotto

    The City of London Corporation recently appointed Alan Baxter Ltd to produce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Grotto at Wanstead Park. Two stakeholder meetings have so far been held, in January and March.

  • Volunteers thanked with reception at the City of London’s Guildhall

    Hundreds of volunteers spent an enjoyable evening at the Guildhall (30 January 2019) at a reception given by the City of London Corporation.

  • Children celebrate the New Year – Roman-style!

    At the Temple open weekend (5 and 6 January 2019), local children celebrated the New Year with a Roman themed event – after all, the month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who presided over gateways, transitions, beginnings and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks both […]

  • Special General Meeting

    A Special General meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands is to be held at 6:30pm on Saturday 10 October, immediately prior to the Gala Dinner at Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club. The object of the meeting will be to adopt a new consitution for the Friends which will pave the way for us to apply […]

  • LiDAR – what it can tell us about Wanstead Park

    Watch this video in which Ralph Potter discusses with Dr Rob Wiseman how Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology can reveal new information about the long history of Wanstead Park.

  • Summary of wildlife in the Wanstead area

    For an area that is so close to the built up parts of residential east London, Wanstead Park and the nearby areas of southern Epping Forest – together with such habitats as the City of London Cemetery amongst others – has a varied and numerous wildlife population. The following summary is taken from the Wanstead […]