‘Consultation could save historic Wanstead park’

The Temple, Wanstead Park. Picture: Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The Temple, Wanstead Park. Picture: Friends of Wanstead Parklands - Credit: Archant

An open air cinema, augmented reality walks and boating are just some of the ideas put forward to transform a park.

A consultation has been launched to find out what changes should be made to the “nationally unique” Wanstead Park in Warren Road, Wanstead, after it was considered “at risk” by historic buildings body English Heritage.

Apart from pond relining and improvements to paths, suggestions on the City of London consultation document include catering at the historic Temple building and self-guided park walks using Quick Response (QR) codes and augmented reality applications on phones.

The move to improve the park comes after English Heritage found the park’s landscape was “declining” and was in “urgent need” of investment in 2009.

Concerns were raised regarding the lake system, access and recreation and park ecology.

Epping Forest superintendent Paul Thomson, who manages the park, said: “With the support of our partners, a lot of work has gone in to developing our understanding of Wanstead Park and the important challenges it faces.

“We are now at a stage where we want to share our thoughts with the local community and park users and hope that as many as possible use this chance to help us shape the future of Wanstead Park.”

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City of London, which manages the park, has been working with the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest, English Heritage, Wanstead Sports Grounds Ltd, the Parish of Wanstead, the Environment Agency and Thames Water to put the consultation together.

Park group Friends of Wanstead Parklands, which has also been involved with the plans, urged people to take part in the consultation at its annual general meeting (AGM) last week.

Friends chairman Dwight Wood said: “The City of London has helped create our optimism about making a successful future for the park. Our many partners deserve a positive outcome for our nationally important grade two listed park.”

To take part in the consultation visit bit.ly/17BwF6W