Welcome from the Chair of Friends of Wanstead Parklands

A very warm welcome


A very warm welcome to the Friends of Wanstead Parklands Website.

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

Visit an online collection of historic images of Wanstead Park and its wider landscape

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Visit WalksPast: free self-guided local history walks

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  • 40% discount on a new book on Wanstead Park
    40% discount available for pre-order Many Friends of Wanstead Parklands will be aware by now that, for the past three and a half years, Dr Hannah Armstrong has been writing what will surely become the definitive book on the history…
  • The skylarks are singing
    Fencing was installed by the City of London around the skylark nesting area on Wanstead Flats last week. The skylarks nest in the long grass and are vulnerable to disturbance. Despite hail, rain and high winds, Wren Group volunteers turned…
  • Wanstead Park Ponds Project Update
    The Corporation made the following announcement in the March Forest Focus: The City of London Corporation are moving forward on engineering assessment work relating to the ponds and lake cascade in Wanstead Park. Three ponds, due to their size, are…