Region: South East
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is open to the public again from Wednesday 29th July 2020 but with limited opening hours and session times which must be booked in advance. From Wednesday 19 July to Friday 11 September you will be able to book one of five free sessions on each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A maximum of 12 people will be booked for each session so that visitors can enjoy the park safely. You can book your visit here. Please follow social distancing and Government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.
Adjoining Southern Park, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a rich wildlife oasis that has played an important role in the area’s regeneration and community life since its creation in 2002. A fascinating variety of wildlife now thrives here and in spring and summer the site comes alive with colourful dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers. Whatever the season there is something for everyone – whether you enjoy bird spotting, watching wildlife or just relaxing in beautiful surroundings.
Greenwich Park, John Harrison Way, London, SE10 0QZ
Site size: 2 hectares
We are currently open on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and you must book your visit. Details on how to book are given at the top of this page. We will review opening hours for autumn later in August, based on Government guidance. As the situation and Government advice changes frequently at the moment, we may have to change things slightly to adapt but we will keep people informed. If you are unsure of anything please read our FAQs here: https://www.tcv.org.uk/greenwichpeninsula/visit-gpep/frequently-asked-questions
Café Pura is located near the Park entrance in Oval Square (open: Mon 7am-7pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm)
Entrance is free.
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is made up of an outer and inner boardwalk. The outer boardwalk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The inner boardwalk has controlled access and currently visits must be booked in advance.The park is a small site with access in and out through a single building and with long stretches of boardwalk and several pinch points. To keep both visitors and staff safe, we are limiting the number of people who can visit at any one time and introducing a booking system.
Dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted.
We will not be able to offer our usual range of family activities on site over the summer but, by booking a visiting session, you will be able to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the natural world in this urban oasis. You can also pick up our Peninsula Trail and a Summer Activity Pack. Summer is the best time to see the wildflower meadows and marshes and to see butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies among many other fascinating insects. See our Events page for details of four fabulous Family Wildlife Photography sessions with professional wildlife photographer, Iain Green.
The Park includes two freshwater lakes surrounded by marshland, a small Alder woodland, a walk-in wildflower meadow and is home to a fascinating array of wildlife. Two bird hides allow fantastic views of the many birds that visit the park including winter species such as snipe and water rail and summer visitors such as reed warblers and swifts. It is a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINC).
Souther Park, Thames Path, The O2, Emirates Line Cable Car, The Crystal and Thames Barrier.
The Greenwich Peninsula was originally made up of agricultural fields, marshes and even a large mill pond, and was historically known as Greenwich Marsh.
The area became heavily industrialised from the late 1880s onwards with gas and chemical works and a major shipbuilding yard. The Blackwall Tunnel, built in 1897, destroyed much of the remaining field and marsh.
From the 1970s onwards the Gas Works declined and marsh began to reappear on derelict land. English Partnerships bought the land in 1997 and set in place a massive regeneration of the peninsula including restoration of parts of the riverbank and the creation of the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park as a freshwater habitat.
Since 2002 the park has been successfully managed by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). Ownership of the site passed to the Land Trust in 2011, and is still managed in partnership with TCV.
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a vital green space which has played a crucial role in the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. To ensure the park remains an asset to the area Homes England passed ownership of this key public space to the Land Trust.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Steve Crosby .
To enquire about holding an event on a Land Trust site, please click here.
This site has received the following awards:
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park holds a Green Flag Award.
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park was shortlisted in the Best Urban Park category at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards.
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