Category: News

  • Friends Quiz Night Fun

    Friends Quiz Night Fun

    Another lovely event was enjoyed by nearly one hundred Friends and supporters on Friday 24th November. Thanks to all who turned out on a cold night. Massive thanks to Tricia Moxey for leading the quiz and to the Friends’ committee for setting up, running the event and providing the raffle prizes. And thanks to the…

  • They’re back

    They’re back

    After an absence of more that two years, long horn cattle are once again at large in Wanstead Park. Quinine, Nina and Mara will be with us for a number of weeks. They will stay as long as the park’s grass and foliage provides sufficient nourishment to meet their needs. To ease their return to…

  • Cuckoo’s boots or witches’ thimbles?

    Cuckoo’s boots or witches’ thimbles?

    Two information boards have been installed around Chalet Wood which advise and inform about the bluebells which will soon burst into flower. Here is the text on the boards: Wanstead Park: the bluebells of Chalet Wood For just a few brief weeks each spring, Chalet Wood is transformed by a carpet of bluebells. Sadly, native…

  • Friends’ AGM ’23

    Friends’ AGM ’23

    An excellent turnout for this year’s AGM which featured a presentation by Ben Murphy Chairman of the Epping Forest and Commons Committee and a presentation to outgoing chair John Sharpe. Here are some pics: And here is the chairman’s report: And the annual accounts:

  • Wrens Virtual AGM 2023

    Wrens Virtual AGM 2023

    By Zoom (details below) 19:30 on 23 March 2023 Please do join us online for our AGM with presentation by our new Patron, the artist, Dr Gayle Chong-Kwan. The presentation will be on art and the natural world. The event is free and you don’t need to sign-up in advance. We will briefly conduct the…

  • AGM Guest Speaker confirmed

    AGM Guest Speaker confirmed

    The Friends are delighted to welcome Ben Murphy, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee, to be Keynote Speaker at the Friends of Wanstead Parklands AGM on 16th March 2023. The Epping Forest and Commons Committee acts as Conservator and delegate Trustee of the Epping Forest charity which manages a…

  • Epping Forest: Proposals for Habitat Conservation

    Epping Forest: Proposals for Habitat Conservation

    Here’s a pdf copy of the Corporation’s plans for improved management of the ancient forest from Wanstead Flats to Waltham Abbey. Anything to say on this? If so, use the comment box below.

  • Wrens Team in Bluebell Wood

    Wrens Team in Bluebell Wood

    The Wren Group Practical Work Team have recently shifted about 50 very large logs into position to line the paths in the Bluebell Wood. The logs were ageing trees cut down by the City of London and some of them were so heavy they needed eight men with ropes to pull them along! Next job…

  • Litter Pickers brave the freeze

    Litter Pickers brave the freeze

    We have litter picked in snow, rain, sun, but never before in freezing fog! The 7 litter-pickers at our December litter pick in Wanstead Park had a good haul, including a very lethal carving knife and a frozen cushion. We sold £40 worth of knitted Santas and angels and several books and cards to those…

  • Bird Flu: The Wren Group response

    Bird Flu: The Wren Group response

    Here is the definitive statement from the Wren Group on the threat of Avian Flu as it affects Wanstead Park: