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Walthom Forest

Parks return to normal opening hours

We’d like to thank residents for their patience over the last couple of months whilst we have been closing our parks at earlier times.

We are now able to revert to our regular summer opening hours. From Friday 19 June 2020, our parks will begin closing at 9.30pm. They will reopen by 9am each day.

Please continue to use the parks responsibly. Outdoor gym and play areas will remain unavailable.

Please keep yourself and our officers safe by staying two metres away from other park users, taking your litter home if necessary, and leaving in good time.

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Do you want to grow your own food?

Seymour Road alotments

As we emerge from the pandemic to the ‘New Normal’, many have expressed a desire for the UK’s recovery to be one which creates a greener, cleaner, more caring society, where reversing climate change takes a higher priority.

It is within this context that there seems no better time for Waltham Forest to consider how growing food within the Borough might be prioritised in the years ahead.

Your opinion on this is important. Whether you already grow your own fruit and vegetables, have always wanted to but don’t know how, or have never considered it, we’d like to hear from you.

The deadline for sending in your comments is midnight on Sunday 12 July 2020.

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New gates and flower beds at Langthorne Park

Langthorne Park Gates

Visitors to Langthorne Park in Leytonstone will have noticed a new look to the entrance gates.

The leaves are an artwork developed by artist Heather Burrell, who specialises in fine art and metalwork.

They form part of the overall improvements to the park entrance which will include exterior improvement works to the Lime Tree Surgery, resurfacing and additional planting. shrub beds and wall art at the entrance.

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Lloyd Park Market open for business

Lloyd Park Market street food

The  Lloyd Park market is temporarily open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm for the sale of hot food.

If you fancy a walk in the park and some street food to energise you then pop along on Sunday.

Please remember to dispose of your litter in bins, or take it home, and to maintain social distancing.

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Volunteers wanted to water trees at Cheney Row Park

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With 467 new trees planted last year Cheney Row Park in Walthamstow saw the largest number of trees planted in any if our parks.

See Cheney Row Park

Now the Friends of Cheney Row Park is looking for 10-15 volunteers to form a summer ‘watering round’ to help them survive their first year or two, while establishing their root networks.

A hose, tap and any other equipment will be provided.

You will benefit from spending an hour or two in the park, with the green leaves and the blue open skies, if you like, while the hose does most of the work for you. Timings are flexible.

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Bushes are not toilets

We have received reports that some people have been using bushes in some of our open spaces as toilets.

Action is being taken to increase patrols in those areas, such as Henry Reynolds Gardens in Leytonstone, to deter people from such Anti-Social Behaviour.

When caught further action will be taken against those responsible.

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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