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
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.
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.
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.
Café Pura is located near the Park entrance in Oval Square (open: Mon 7am-7pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm)
Entrance is free.
The site is accessed via level boardwalks that are suitable for wheelchair access.
Dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted.
Bird spotting and wildlife watching. Events programme, volunteering opportunities and school visits - check website (www.greenwichecologypark.com) for details.
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.
Greenwich Park, John Harrison Way, London, SE10 0QZ
Site size: 2 hectares
This site has received the following awards:
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.
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