General information on parks and open spaces

Arts, parks and leisure

As a borough we are fortunate to have many open spaces, children's play areas, a BMX cycle race track, tree trails, ecology areas and a model railway for children.

As a result, we can put on many outdoor sporting events so you can enjoy green spaces and gardens to watch, or take part in, activities such as cricket, football, tennis, cycling and skateboarding or one of the many smaller events put on regularly by Green Spaces.

We also welcome responsible dog owners to the borough, some control orders are in place at parks across the borough. We look after six premier parks:

In addition we have a number of smaller parks, open spaces, playing fields, children's playgrounds and cemeteries. Premier parks differ from other open spaces in that they have park keepers based on site during opening hours.

Opening hours Click to get info

Except where otherwise stated we aim to open locked sites by 9am every day. Some sports areas are only opened for some pre-booked activities.

Have a look at our Parks and open spaces guide (9MB PDF file) for locations and facilities near you.

  • Open Space Strategy 2010-2020 (2.7MB PDF file)
    In September 2010, the Council adopted the Open Space Strategy for the borough. The strategy reports on the amount, location and quality of open space in the borough. The strategy is intended to last until 2020 and it contains an action plan for the first three years of this ten year period
  • Biodiversity Action Plan (5MB PDF file)
    The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) offers an in-depth insight into the surprising wealth of flowers and animals to be found across Waltham Forest, from back gardens and cemeteries to woodlands, marshes, streams and rivers
  • Waltham Forest Tree Strategy 2010-2020 (4.5MB PDF file)
    Waltham Forest Council adopted its tree strategy in February 2011. The strategy sets out a framework for the planning and management of the borough’s urban forest for the next ten years. The Council is committed to the high quality and proactive management of its tree stock. The Council consulted on the draft strategy during August 2010 and received 237 responses. These responses were taken into account in the production of the final strategy

Want to be involved in improving your local park? 'Friends of Parks' groups work with the Council's Greenspace team to create better open spaces. Each group helps care for a specific park or green space in the borough.

All Waltham Forest residents are welcome to join a Friends Group, or help to establish one in your local green space. If you would like to know more about Friends Groups in the borough or how to set one up please contact Waltham Forest.

To find out about events, activities and volunteering opportunities that are happening in Waltham Forest Parks please go to our events in parks and open spaces page.

Park hire Click to get info

To hire a park or open space for an event you need to complete a Green Space Booking Form. To find out more about what is required please email greenspace.hire@walthamforest.gov.uk

View our current fees and charges Greenspace and Sports pitch hire charges

Charges for all other types of events and commercial hire are negotiable and you should contact the Green Space Service to discuss your requirements.

Sports pitch hire Click to get info

We have many popular playing fields catering for a wide range of outdoor sports. You will find information about our standards and booking sports facilities on our sports pitches and courts page.

Our service standards Click to get info

The standards apply to all parks, open spaces, playing fields except Chingford Mount Cemetery, Walthamstow (Queens Road) Cemetery and Selbourne Walk.

View our service standards (44KB PDF file)

General byelaws

The general byelaws cover pleasure grounds, public walks, open spaces and the town square.

View our general byelaws (210KB PDF file)

Dog control orders

For further information about walking dogs in parks and cleaning up after your dog please see our dog control orders.

Feedback Click to get info

We value your feedback on our parks and open spaces, which helps to make the best management decisions we can.

If you have any immediate comments or queries please contact us at the Green Space Service 020 8496 3000.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact details Click to get info

Green Space Service
Room 100
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road 
London 
E17 4JF 

Telephone: 020 8496 3000 
email: wfdirect@walthamforest.gov.uk