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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    Friends committee member Richard Arnopp will be starting a series of free monthly online talks in January under the title “Wanstead Park in Context”. Some of you may remember that Richard ran a popular two-year series of articles on the…
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    Next week is London Rivers Week. As part of this Thames21 will be running an engagement day at Wanstead Park on 27th October 12-5pm Thames 21 will talk to members of the public about the River Roding and the project…
  • Fungi Walk – a few places left
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