Region: South East
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a vital green space right in the heart of urban Greenwich and has played a crucial role in the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. This is a beautiful urban oasis and a fascinating variety of wildlife thrives here.
In spring and summer, the park comes alive with brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies, so look out for butterflies over the meadow areas. Specially designed bird hides allow you to watch the many different species, both local and visiting, without disturbing them. As the seasons change, so do the types of birds you are likely to see.
Don’t forget to have a look along the bank of the River Thames as well. Whatever the season, there is something at the park for everyone – whether you enjoy bird watching, looking at wildflowers or just relaxing in beautiful surroundings.
There are a host of organised activities you can join in with – from evening bat walks to summer fun days for the family! During term time, the park is open for school visits where children can experience nature first hand.
The park is made up of an inner and outer lake. The outer lake area has open access at all times. The inner lake area is accessible only through the gatehouse during opening hours.
For more information please see the leaflet.
Greenwich Park, John Harrison Way, London, Greater London, SE10
Site size: 2 hectares
Wednesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5.00pm (dusk) in winter
The park is made up of an inner and outer lake. The outer lake area has open access at all times. The inner lake area is accessible only through the gatehouse during opening hours. The park has fully disabled access and is open every day except Monday and Tuesday. The park opens to the public at 10am and closes at 5pm or dusk, whichever comes first. Please remember that dogs (apart from guide dogs) and cycling are not permitted. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs apart from guide dogs are not permitted.
Quiz trails, colouring and toy binoculars are always available in the Gatehouse. Extra drop-in activities and events are organised in the school holidays ( except for Christmas) - check the website (www.greenwichecologypark) for details. Special events with family activities, food and stalls include Frog Day in March, the Wild Day Out in June and the Winter Fayre in December.
The 02 Dome, Emirates Line Cable Car, Southern Park, The Crystal and the 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The Greenwich Peninsula was originally made up of agricultural fields, marshes and even a large mill pond, and was historically known as Greenwich Marsh.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 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 the Homes and Communities Agency gave 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 Simon Pile or call 07747 455980.
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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