Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Region: South East

With striking freshwater habitats and a wealth of wildlife this tranquil park is a stunning natural area for people to discover and enjoy in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula. It is made up of an outer and inner boardwalk. The outer boardwalk is a permissive footpath and is normally open 364 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The inner boardwalk has controlled access through the Gatehouse - for opening hours see visitor information below.

The Present and the Future

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 Peninsula Ecology Park Contact


The site contact for our Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park space is Joanne Smith Tel: 0208 293 1904

This space is managed in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers TCV

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

From Wednesday 19 May 2021, the inner park will be open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with two visiting sessions – 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. We are very excited to finally welcome you back! Visits are free and there is no need to book in advance but numbers will be restricted to 18 at any one time. On arrival at the Gatehouse, you will be asked to scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code on your mobile or fill out a quick and simple form. Both bird hides will be accessible with restrictions on numbers at any one time for safe social distancing. Toilets will be open to visitors only. An enhanced cleaning regime will be in place and TCV staff will be on site to answer any questions.

Car Parking

No

Toilets

Yes
(click here to find the nearest public toilets)

Café

Café Pura is located near the Park entrance in Oval Square (open: Mon 7am-7pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm)

Entrance cost

Entrance is free.

Accessibility

The site is accessed via level boardwalks that are suitable for wheelchair access.

Footpaths

Yes

Dogs

Dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted.

Things to do

Bird spotting and wildlife watching. Events programme, volunteering opportunities and school visits - check website (www.greenwichecologypark.com) for details.

Conservation, Wildlife, Flora, Fauna

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).

Other nearby attractions

Souther Park, Thames Path, The O2, Emirates Line Cable Car, The Crystal and Thames Barrier.

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Location

Greenwich Park, John Harrison Way, London, SE10 0QZ

Site size: 2 hectares

Events

There are currently no events relating to this space.

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Awards

This site has received the following awards:

  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park retains Green Flag status

  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park holds a Green Flag Award.

  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park shortlisted at Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park was shortlisted in the Best Urban Park category at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards.

History

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.

Development

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.

Land Trust Contact

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.

Downloads

Download Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park - Opportunities for change Download Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Case Study Download Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Leaflet