Latest update from the Friends of Wanstead Parklands

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Firstly, a warm welcome for the large number of new members and supporters who have joined us since the last update - thirteen at the Wanstead Festival alone!


Talk: "The Historic Gardens of Wanstead House" (FWP / Wren Group joint event)

A presentation by eminent garden historian Dr Sally Jeffery, Patron of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands, on Wednesday 24 September at the Salvation Army Hall, Southwell Grove Road, E11 4PP (just off Leytonstone High Road). Time: 7:30 for 7:45pm. £2.50 entrance. Raffle. Book stall.


Following our own exhibition over the summer, Georgina Beresford-King has curated a new display at The Temple in Wanstead Park which will run until 30 November. On the theme of the East India Company, it is a visual exploration of the trade with the far east which brought wealth and luxuries to Europe and a fortune to Josiah Child, owner of Wanstead Park, in the late 17th Century. The Temple is open weekends 12:00-17:00.

Bio-Blitz in Wanstead Park (Wren Group event)

Meet at the Tea Hut, Wanstead Park. Sunday 5 October 10:00-12:00. Contact Tim Harris on 07505 482328 or for more information

Practical Work in Wanstead Park (Wren Group event)

Meet outside The Temple, Wanstead Park. Sunday 5 October 10:00-13:00.

FWP committee meeting

The next committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 October at Wanstead Golf Club, commencing 7:30pm. All welcome.

Wanstead Nature Club for Children (Wren Group event)

Saturday 11 October. Deer in Epping Forest! Meet: 10:00 at the Harrow Road Pavilion, Wanstead Flats. Cost: £1.50 per child. Enquiries: 020 8989 4898

Wanstead Park walk

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands are leading a walk around Wanstead Park on Sunday 19 October. This, the last in this year's series of five walks, will take participants on a leisurely stroll around the western side of the park, comprising Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats. Starting at 11am outside the Quaker Meeting House on Bush Road, the walk will probably take two hours, and will point out vestiges of seventeenth and eighteenth century landscaping and the site of a Roman road. We may also spot some interesting fungi! The official walk will end at a bus stop on Blake Hall Road, but the more energetic will be invited to continue through the park to The Temple. Now housing a visitor centre and gift shop, the Temple is open every weekend. It was originally built around 1760 by John, 2nd Earl Tylney of Castlemaine. The walks are free, but donations to the group are welcome. As paths may be muddy, suitable footwear is advised.

Wanstead Park walk (Wren Group event)

Fungus Walk in Bush Wood led by botanist Tricia Moxey. Saturday 25 October. Meet 10:00 outside the Friends Meeting House, Bush Road.

Litter pick

The FWP’s autumn litter pick will be held on Sunday 26 October. Meet 11:00 at The Temple, Wanstead Park. Trigger-action litter pickers and bags provided. Bring your own gloves. More fun than you might think! We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate these events on a more regular basis.


Following last year's sensationally successful quiz, which raised nearly £1,000 for our work, we will be holding another in Novermber. Details to follow - watch this space!