Friends of Wanstead Parklands

In 2009 a group of local people reactivated the dormant Friends of Wanstead Parklands group to raise public awareness of the history and ecology of Wanstead Park and to campaign for its preservation and enhancement.

Wanstead Park is where Epping Forest meets east London. For an area so close to residential development, there's an abundant variety of plant, animal and other natural life, as well as more than a hundred bird species (around fifty breeding there). The varied habitats include lakes and ponds, woodlands, open rough grassland and mown playing fields.

The Park's history is also extraordinary. It was the site of Colen Campbell's great Wanstead House, built from 1715 for the Child family, and demolished in 1824. The grounds - of which important features remain - were one of the finest examples of English Landscape Movement of the 18th Century (the Park is now listed Grade 2*). A previous house was occupied by Elizabeth's minister Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Recent work has demonstrated that Wanstead Park has been occupied since pre-Roman times.

Learn more of the natural wealth, historic landscape and national significance of the area, and of the continuing archaeological investigation.

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