Love Parks Week comes to Waltham Forest

13 July 2018
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Between Friday 13 to Sunday 22 July residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a range of exciting events taking place in parks across Waltham Forest to mark Love Parks Week.

The series of events cater for all ages and interests – from craft sessions to minibeast hunts, there really is something for everyone. Adults might enjoy a relaxing guided ramble around Ridgeway or Mansfield Park while the little ones will love learning about feeding ducks at Lloyd Park.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Waltham Forest loves its parks. Love Parks Week is a great chance to get out and about, meet new people and learn new things as you enjoy our wonderful green places and spaces.

“Just last year we invested £500,000 – that’s £25,000 for each ward in the borough – in gathering residents’ suggestions for improvements to their local parks and making them happen. Over 350 ideas were received, a staggering response – and now it’s time for people to get out and enjoy the results of our improvement programme.

“To kick Love Parks Week off we will be at the Walthamstow Garden Party on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, with family crafts at our Meet Your Park People Stall. Look out for some special announcements on the day about our plans for 2019 when we’ll be London’s very first Borough of Culture!”

Love Parks Week is an annual celebration of great green places and spaces and is run by Keep Britain Tidy, who also run the nationally recognised Green Flag Award which is given to the very best parks in the UK. Ridgeway Park, Chingford, Leyton Jubilee Park, Leyton, and Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, are currently recognised as holding Green Flag status. Hawkwood Nature Reserve, Chingford, has a Green Flag Community Award.

Attractions in Waltham Forest parks include play areas, a BMX race track, tree trails, ecology areas and even a model railway for children. As a result the council puts on a variety of sports and activities for residents to enjoy including cricket, football, tennis, cycling and many more.

Love Parks Events 2018

Park

Date

Time

Address

Activity

Lloyd Park

13 July 18

1 to 2pm

Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17

Tree Walk; join Cathy, Lloyd Park’s Community Gardener, to learn all about the trees of Lloyd Park. Meet at The Stables.

Lloyd Park

14, 15 July 18

12 noon to 5pm

Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17

Walthamstow Garden Party; family crafts. Find us on the island.

Ainslie & Larks Woods

15 July 18

2.30 to 4.30pm

Normanshire Drive, Chingford, E4

Tree Walk; led by the Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods. Meet at Normanshire Drive entrance.

Leyton Jubilee Park

16 July 18

3 to 6pm

Seymour Road, Leyton, E10

Family mini-beast hunt, plus crafts.

Henry Reynolds Park

16 July 18

3 to 6pm

Bush Road, Leytonstone, E11

Family mini-beast hunt,  plus crafts, FREE face-painting and children’s Tai-Chi from 4-5pm.

Langthorne Park

17 July 18

3 to 6pm

Birch Grove, Leytonstone, E11

Family mini-beast hunt, plus crafts, and children’s Tai-Chi from 4-5pm.

Pimp Hall Nature Reserve

18 July 18

10am to 12noon

Kings Road, Chingford, E4

Wildflower meadow management volunteer session; with the Friends of Pimp Hall. Meet at the learning lodge.

Ridgeway Park

18 July 18

1 to 2pm

Old Church Road, Chingford, E4

Tree walk; learn all about the trees of Ridgeway Park and Mansfield Park. Light refreshments provided.

Lloyd Park

18 July 18

1 to 3pm

Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17

Family duck crafts; learn what to feed the ducks to keep them healthy, plus crafts and free duck food.

Tai-Chi for adults; 1-2pm

Hawkswood Nature Reserve

19 July 18

2 to 4pm

Hawkswood Road, Chingford, E4

Pond management volunteer session; with the Friends of Hawkswood. Meet at the entrance at the top of Hawkswood Road.

Cann Hall Park

19 July 18

3 to 6pm

Can Hall Road, Leytonstone, E11

Family mini-beast hunt, plus crafts,

Thomas Gamuel Park

20 July 18

3 to 6pm

Lennox Road, Walthamstow, E17

Family mini-beast hunt, plus crafts and FREE face-painting

Further info: Vicky Peet v.peet@tcv.org.uk

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An image of children enjoy playing at Leyton Jubilee Park
Children enjoy playing at Leyton Jubilee Park