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Friends fly the flag at St Gabriel’s 

17 Feb 18

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands had a stall at today’s (17 February 2018) coffee morning in St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook.


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Alan Cornish 1940-2018 

14 Feb 18

Alan Cornish, for several decades a leading figure in the campaign for Wanstead Park, sadly died this morning (14 February 2018).


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AS WANSTEAD PARK WAITS, ANOTHER LOCAL HLF-FUNDED PROJECT IS ALREADY UNDERWAY 

9 Dec 17

As Wanstead Park inches toward its long-awaited Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid, another local park is already in the early stages of a £6m restoration project.


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Wanstead Park Summit offers potential breakthrough on lottery funding 

28 Nov 17

The long-awaited Wanstead Park Summit was held at the House of Commons on 22 November 2017.


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“Trees in the landscape” exhibition launches at The Temple 

27 Nov 17

Sunday (26 November 2017) saw the launch of the Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group’s latest photographic exhibition at The Temple in Wanstead Park.


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Good news on Wanstead Park’s lakes! 

14 Nov 17

The Ornamental Water seen from the western end of the Straight Canal, looking toward the “Map Tree” and the Long Walk.


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Wanstead Park Nature Club “blooming” 

1 Nov 17

Friends Vice-Chair Jo Blackman reports – “35 children turned up for our Autumn Nature Club (on Sunday 29 October).


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Halloween fun at The Temple 

30 Oct 17

The Friends’ Halloween event held last night (29 October 2017) at The Temple clearly came with high expectations, as it sold out well in advance.


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Friends receive a generous bequest from a local resident 

23 Oct 17

Veronica Smith, who died recently aged 92, has left a generous bequest to the Friends of Wanstead Parklands.


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Friends help celebrate the Epping Forest Walking Festival 

23 Oct 17

Yesterday (Sunday 22 October 2017) the Friends of Wanstead Parklands led a walk around Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats.


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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park? 

7 Oct 17

On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington.


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Large gathering bids farewell to Stuart Monro 

23 Sep 17

Stuart Monro filming in Wanstead Park in 2014.


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Stuart Monro: 15 June 1938 – 7 September 2017 

13 Sep 17

Stuart Monro, founder of the campaign for Wanstead Park (1938-2017) Stuart Monro, videographer and founder of the campaign for Wanstead Park, has died aged 79.


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Visit to Wanstead Park by London Parks and Gardens Trust 

10 Sep 17

Geoff Sinclair, Epping Forest Operations Manager, discusses the problems of the lake system and potential solutions.


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History, tea and cake for Wanstead Park walkers 

20 Aug 17

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands had a record turnout for their free guided walk around Wanstead Park on Sunday 20 August.


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Friends sponsor restoration of furniture at Wanstead Park’s historic Temple 

31 Jul 17

The Victorian table in use at a meeting of the Wanstead Park Liaison Group Two of the lovely old pieces of furniture at The Temple in Wanstead Park have been expertly repaired by local furniture restorer Chris Rigby following an initiative by the …


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Wanstead’s Tarzy Wood celebrated with festival 

16 Jul 17

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands had a stall today (16 July 2017) at the Tarzy Woodfest, a community led festival sponsored by Epping Forest.


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MUSIC EVENT IN THE TEMPLE GARDEN DRAWS CROWDS 

10 Jul 17

Local people came to Wanstead Park in their hundreds yesterday (9 July 2017) for an afternoon of music and picnicking in the Temple garden.


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New park benches welcomed 

29 Jun 17

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands are celebrating the completion of a practical project to improve visitors’ experience of Wanstead Park.


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ESCAPE THE CITY FOR A DAY – WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE IT….. 

15 Jun 17

Don’t miss the new East.


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Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats BioBlitz 

12 Jun 17

Become a wildlife explorer for the weekend and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event.


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Music season in the Temple Garden gets off to a sunny start 

21 May 17

Hundreds of local people came to Wanstead Park today (21 May 2017) for an idyllic afternoon of music and picnicking in the Temple garden.


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Collection of Wanstead images goes online 

19 May 17

In recent years, local historian Richard Arnopp has built up a large collection of historic images of Wanstead Park, Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats.


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Lakes and Bluebells walk 

23 Apr 17

On Sunday 23 April 2017 members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands led a free walk around Wanstead Park.


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Water levels in Wanstead Park 

21 Apr 17

Latest statement from the City of London – The City of London own four lakes at Wanstead Park.


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April Fools Day Fun is a big hit with local children 

1 Apr 17

A lovely afternoon of crafts, puzzles and storytelling at the Temple this afternoon (1 April 2017).


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Friends’ AGM begins with fears of stalling progress but ends on note of cautious optimism 

31 Mar 17

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands (FWP) was held on Wednesday (29 March 2017) at Wanstead Golf Club.


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Friends of Wanstead Parklands Annual General Meeting 

7 Mar 17

If you love Wanstead Park and care about its future, come along to the Friends’ AGM on Wednesday 29 March.


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Walkers hit Wanstead Park’s Chestnut Trail 

19 Feb 17

In the Friends’ first walk of the year, a group which started out at about 10 people, most of them first-timers, walked Epping Forest’s Chestnut Trail around the core areas of Wanstead Park.


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Successful event at St Gabriel’s, Aldersbrook 

18 Feb 17

The Friends had a stall today (18 February 2017) at a coffee morning at St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook.


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Children enjoy Valentine’s Day craft event at The Temple 

11 Feb 17

Braving the sleety weather, about 25 children and their parents turned up today (11 February 2017) for a Valentine’s Day themed craft day.


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Wanstead Flats: scrub management 

8 Feb 17

Visitors to Wanstead Flats have recently commented on scrub clearance work there, and have expressed concern at the possible impact on wildlife.


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Planned works for the Warren Road entrance of Wanstead Park 

24 Jan 17

A programme of planned improvements to the Warren Road entrance of Wanstead Park is to begin today, 24 January 2017.


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Mark Gorman tells how Epping Forest was saved for the people 

22 Jan 17

In the latest event in the popular “Tea at The Temple” series, local historian Mark Gorman today (22 January 2017) told the story of how, in the 1870s, Epping Forest came to be saved for future generations.


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A vision for our open spaces? 

7 Jan 17

Leyton and Wanstead Labour Party has organised an open meeting to give local people the opportunity to hear the latest news about developing plans for our wonderful green spaces.


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Christmas fun at Wanstead Park’s historic Temple 

19 Dec 16

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands, in conjunction with the City of London, yesterday (Sunday 18 December) held a very successful event at The Temple, Wanstead Park, to mark the Christmas season.


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The Wanstead Park lakes: update from the City of London 

7 Dec 16

Low Water Levels The City of London own four lakes at Wanstead Park.


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Friends let their hair down at annual quiz! 

26 Nov 16

Last night’s third annual quiz at the Leytonstone and District Ex-Servicemens Club was another great success.


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Some autumn views of Wanstead Flats and Park 

6 Nov 16

Mike Smith led a walk today (6 November 2016), in wonderful weather, for the Friends of Epping Forest .


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Fungi and other Autumn attractions in Bush Wood 

23 Oct 16

Our friends in the Wren Group held one of their most popular annual walks today, 23 October.


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FRIENDS OF WANSTEAD PARKLANDS HOLD “WALKING FESTIVAL” EVENT 

22 Oct 16

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands today (22 October) led a special walk as their contribution to the inaugural Epping Forest Walking Festival.


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE TEMPLE, WANSTEAD PARK 

16 Oct 16

Did you ever fancy being a National Trust volunteer but there’s no historic properties nearby to love and cherish?  Do you  have an interest in history and a knowledge of  the heritage Wanstead Park in particular? Now is your chance  to help out …


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ROLL UP FOR *THE LAST EVER* MUSIC IN WANSTEAD PARK 

14 Jul 16

Put Saturday, 16 July, in your diary for Wanstead’s social event of the year – Music in Wanstead Park.


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Perch Pond update: herbicide application to begin 

29 Jun 16

Floating Pennywort © Richard Arnopp Message from Epping Forest – The first herbicide application of the Floating Pennywort in the Perch Pond will occur this Thursday (30 June) weather permitting.


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Geraldine Roberts draws big crowd at Wanstead Park’s historic Temple 

17 Apr 16

The City of London Corporation today welcomed local author, Geraldine Roberts, to The Temple in Wanstead Park to give a talk on her recent book ‘The Angel and The Cad’.


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Wanstead Park’s bluebells – now at their best 

14 Apr 16

Wanstead residents are lucky to have on their doorstep a stunning natural spectacle.


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Talk and book signing at The Temple 

11 Apr 16

The City of London Corporation is welcoming author, Geraldine Roberts, to The Temple in Wanstead Park on Sunday 17 April to give a talk on her recent book ‘The Angel and The Cad’.


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An eighteenth-century token from Wanstead Park 

21 Mar 16

At the Friends’ packed Annual General Meeting on 24 February, Pam Williams of the Ilford Historical Society gave a short talk on a mysterious object purchased by her husband, Bob, a few months before – a bronze medal or token.


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Renewal of Benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park: Your Support Needed 

16 Mar 16

Are you concerned about the poor condition of the seats and benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park? Are you fed up with drinking your tea over 5 worn out benches, standing in puddles after rain? We could replace this old stuff with something fit for…


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New book on “Capability” Brown – your chance to contribute! 

16 Mar 16

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