Are you ready to spring clean your park? Tree weeding at Cheney Row Park, pavilion cleaning at Langthorne Park and much more in Parks and Open Spaces News

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Parks and Open Spaces News

Walthom Forest

Come and help spring clean your local park

Bulb planting 2019

If you love your local park now is the time to get involved as we prepare for 8th Waltham Forest Spring Clean which will take place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April.

In previous year’s residents, resident groups, friends’ groups, faith groups, youth groups, along with schools have come together to litter pick, spruce up ‘unloved’ spaces, paint areas and plant flowers and shrubs.

For this years Spring Clean we are promoting public awareness about the importance of pollinators and the need for us to protect their habitats and restore and create yet more, and as part of this we will be distributing wildflower seeds to those wanting to create their own wildflower meadow/border.

If you let us know what you’re planning to do the Council will be able to help by supplying equipment.

Download seed and equipment requests here

We also want before and after photos of the areas you’re tackling so we can show what a big difference our residents make to improve the area where we all live. Please remember, if people are in your photo to ask permission for their images to be used.

Send us your photos by email

Spring clean at Langthorne Park Pavilion

Langthorne Park Pavilion clean up

Volunteers recently descended on Langthorne Park, Leytonstone, to clear out several years’ worth of accumulated ‘junk’ so this spring can see the building refurbished.

The Toy Library has recently won the contract to manage the activities at the pavilion and, as well as the existing groups continuing to use it as their base, there are a lot of exciting new proposals for extra events and activities that will excite families and community groups.

If you have an idea of something that should be taking place please let us know.

Find out more

BMX and cycling in our parks

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BMX rider at Cheney Row Park

Community Outdoor Group (COG) is a community cycling and bike maintenance project based at Higham Hill Hub in Walthamstow whose long term vision is to establish a cycling centre for the borough which will run various cycling groups for the community for different ages and abilities.

Now they are waiting to hear if they have won funding to spread their success to other parks in the borough.

Find out more about COG

The young people who BMX at Cheney Row Park formed the first BMX team to represent Waltham Forest in the London Youth Games, returning home with a bronze medal.

To help them build on that success the BMX track has been widened (see below) so they can race side by side which better reflects the circuits where they will compete.

Cheney Row Park new BMX track

Weeding to help trees thrive

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On the second Sunday of every month a team of volunteers of all ages head down to Cheney Row Park to weed around the whips.

We know 90 per cent of people that completed our climate survey told us that they want the Council to plants more trees to help nature thrive.

The park saw 467 new trees planted last year and to help the young trees get a good start in life the weeds need removing so they are not competing for nutrients in the spilt.

Thanks to everyone who lends a helping hand each month but we're always looking for more volunteers.

Check out the website to see how you can help.

See what else was done at Cheney Row Park

Chatter and play at Langthorne Park

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If you've children aged four and under then Chit, Chat, Pitter Pat is ideal for you.
Come along to Langthorne Park Pavilion, Leytonstone on either Thursday 19 March or Thursday 23 April, 10.15-11.15am for a fun packed hour of games, activities and stories.
No need to book, admission is free.

How should we be using our CCTV?

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Closed circuit television (CCTV) is designed to help reduce the fear of crime and help deter and detect crime including anti-social behaviour and enviro crime.

The council is responsible for choosing the locations and monitoring of public space CCTV.

We are currently surveying residents for their views on CCTV in the borough.

See our CCTV policies

The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday 22 March 2020.

Complete the survey

Lend a helping hand in your local park

Pimp Hall Park fence repairs

Do you 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.

Contact us for details of your local Friends Group

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