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National Park City Week: Wednesday 25 July 2018

Welcome to the fifth day of London’s first National Park City Week, with a great variety of walks, talks, explorations, fun days and wildlife activities to celebrate our green spaces and waterways.

All day events

Summer Holiday Family Fun at Rainham Marshes,9:30am – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

Get active in nature with the family. Pick up an adventure trail sheet and explore the reserve with your family. Play in the adventure playground, clamber on the climbing boulders, hire a bike for your own cycle adventure, and stop off in the cafe for lunch! 

For more details and full times please see the RSPB website.

Scything, 10:30am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Crane Park at the Mill Road entrance, TW2 5HA

It’s time to scythe! Learn an ancient tradition commonly used for maintaining grassland and improve the biodiversity of Crane Park. Join in, feel good with @RichmondTCV!

Find out more about Richmond Biodiversity Action Team

Hayes (Kent) to East Croydon Walk, 10:50am – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Hayes (Kent) station, BR2 7EN

Join the Ramblers for a seven-mile walk through some of south London’s parks and woodland including Spring Park, Threehalfpenny Wood and Addington Hills. Free event, just turn up. 

See the Inner London Ramblers website for more info.

Woodberry Wetlands Wild About Nature, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Woodberry Wetlands/Woodland Trail, N16 5HQ

Join us for a fun-filled woodland adventure hunt at Woodberry Wetlands! This stunning nature reserve opened in 2016 and is an amazing place to enjoy nature and wildlife in the heart of London. We will be exploring the woodland trail, searching for the special clues and signs that tell us about London’s secret wildlife world! Will you be able to find them all?

Free event, just turn up. Visit the London Wildlife Trust to find out more.

Wildlife Detectives in Bushy Park, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet near the Pheasantry Cafe, Bushy Park, TW11 0EW

Be a wildlife detective at Bushy Park. It’s a protected site for its minibeasts but we know relatively little about them. Learn why it’s these little things that matter the most and take part in a range of citizen science activities including insect hunts, investigations and Earthworm Watch surveys. All ages welcome, this event will go ahead whatever the weather!

Free, just turn up.  To find out more visit the Field Studies Council website.

Wild in the City, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, SE10 0QZ

Dip into a wild and wonderful free event celebrating summer in the beautiful Ecology Park. Discover the secret world of minibeasts with guided pond dipping and bug hunting sessions from 11am to 3pm. You can also pick up some top tips from professional wildlife photographer, Iain Green, who’ll be leading beginner's sessions every hour from 12pm to 4pm. Free event, just turn up. 

More information on Greenwich Peninsula Conservation Volunteers website.

Bug Wednesday at Gunnersbury Triangle, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet by entrance to Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve W4 5LW

Leeches, worms, spiders and insects get up-close and personal at Gunnersbury Triangle Nature reserve:
11am - 11.45am pond dipping
12pm - 12.45pm minibeast hunting
2pm - 2:45pm pond dipping
3pm - 3.45pm minibeast hunting

See, catch and help us identify some of the smaller wildlife at Gunnersbury Triangle. Finds from the day will be noted for site records.

Book your free place on the Wildlife Trust website.

Friends of Foxley Wood Volunteer Day
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Foxley Wood, Croydon CR8 2UD

Join the volunteer workday at Foxley Wood. Just turn up.

Find out more details nearer the date on the Friends of Foxley Wood website.

Millwall Park Summer Fun Day, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Millwall Park, North, E14 3AY

Join Tower Hamlets Council for a free day summer fun at Millwall Park. There’ll be fairground rides, sports activities, arts and crafts, and more with something for all the family to enjoy. Free event, just turn up.

Morning events

#Better Air Tranquil Walks, 8am – 9:30am
Theme: Day walk & talk
Outside gates of refectory courtyard, Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA.

Join a curated ‘walk-shop’ along Bankside and London Bridge with the Museum of Walking. Record and discover hidden and peaceful ways through your senses of smell and touch. 

 Find out more on the Museum of Walking website.

To book simply RSVP Email: [email protected]

Cheney Row Open Space Bio Blitz, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Cheney Row Open Space, E17 5ED

Discover, identify and record wildlife and plants on this open space with crafts on offer too. Free event, just turn up.

More information on the TCV website.

Butterfly Walk along the River Crane, 10:30 – 12pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Mereway Nature Park off Mereway Road, by Kneller Gardens, Twickenham, TW2 6RG

Come and join in the Big Butterfly Count at this fun morning beside the River Crane.

Register your free place on the FORCE website.

Morning Circular Walk – Littleheath Woods, Heathfield, Coombe Gardens and Croham Hurst, 10:30am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Sainsbury’s Selsdon superstore, 130 Addington Road, South Croydon, CR2 8LA

Join the Ramblers for a morning circular six-mile walk. Take in Littleheath Woods, Heathfield and Coombe Gardens (coffee stop). Walk ends at Croham Hurst to return by bus. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Croydon Ramblers to find out more.

Brockley Three Peaks Walk, 10:30am – 1.30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Honor Oak station, SE23 3LE

Join the Ramblers for a five-mile walk over One Tree Hill, Hilly Fields, Blyth Hill Fields and through Ladywell Fields along the Ravensbourne Valley. Free event, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers website for more info.

Butterfly Walk Along the River Crane, Hounslow, 10am – 12pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Mereway Nature Park off Mereway Road beside Kneller Gardens, TW2 6RG

Come and meet the butterflies that live alongside the River Crane. Free but register on FORCE website.

Wildlife Data Challenge, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Forest Centre RM14 3NS

Get the kids active and inspired by nature and collect data for the Bioblitz project.

For more information visit Thames Chase website.

Hogsmill Dragonfly walk along the River, 10:40am – 2pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet Berrylands Scout Group. Walk along Berryland Nature Reserve and Elmbridge Meadows, KT5 9HY

Join a guided walk along the Surbiton stream and River Hogsmill to spot some beautiful dragonflies and damselflies. Elliot Newton from the Environment Trust will speak about the stream’s recent restoration, David Courtneidge from London Wildlife Trust will talk about dragonflies.

Free but book first via Wildlife Trust website.

Butterfly Walk, 10:45am – 2pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet outside Kneller Gardens Café, TW2 6PH

A fun morning learning about butterflies and taking part in the Big Butterfly Count. Its free, fun and fantastic. Join in, feel good with @TCVRichmond Green Gym!

Find out more on Richmond Green Gym website.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Hidden Garden Haiku - Holland Park, 11:30am – 1pm
Theme: Arts in parks
Meet at Holland Park Tube station, W11 3RB

Novice or expert, join in this fun 90-minute Museum of Walking walkshop. Along the way, you’ll get to compose, write and recite short three-line poems known as haiku in Japanese culture. See your work published in an anthology and be inspired by the beauty of Holland Park. For adults or children over 12.

Booking is essential. Visit the Museum of Walking website to book your free place.

London Fields Walk, 12:15pm – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Hackney Town Hall front steps, Mare Street, E8 1HH

Get healthier on this Hackney Council led walk. It’s a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.

To book a place visit Hackney: Walking Together website or email: [email protected] or call: 020 8356 7459.

Junior Explorers, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at New River Walk - St. Paul's Road gate, N1 2PU

Come and explore Islington's hidden gem, New River Walk! Activities include; pond dipping, storytelling, den building, wildlife watching, nature art. Bring a picnic too! Children must be accompanied by an adult..

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Crane Park Dragonfly Walk, 11am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Crane Park Island/ Meeting at the Shot Tower. Drop off point at Whitton Railway Station, TW22 6AA

Join London Wildlife Trust on a dragonfly walk along the River Crane. We’ll explore Crane Park Island, then walk a section of the river towards Whitton, spotting dragonflies and damselflies and enjoying the scenery. We’ll also collect data for the London Wildlife Trust’s London wide dragonfly survey.

Book your free place on London Wildlife Trust website.

Afternoon events

Free Summer Community Basket Ball Coaching, 12pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Harrow Recreation Ground, Cunnington Park, HA1 1NS

Get outdoors and improve your game with Ball Out Community Coaching sessions. Open to players of all abilities, aged 10-18. Just sign up and get your parent/guardian consent. All sessions are drop in.

Find out more on Ball out website.

Kids Olympics, 12pm – 3pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Paradise Park Playground, N7 8SE

Come down with the family and try out some fun and games at the Kids Olympics! Just bring yourselves.

Free event, just turn up. More information on Islington Council Parks Service website.

Bunhill Fields Guided Walk, 12:30pm -1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Bunhill Fields Attendant's Hut, EC1Y 2BG

Join us for a tour of this historic and atmospheric burial ground: see the tombs of John Bunyan, William Blake and Daniel Defoe. Visit the restricted areas behind the railings, hearing stories of colourful residents!

Book and pay for this event on City Garden Walks website.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 1pm – 2:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Wild Wednesdays - Wonderful Water Wildlife, 1pm – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Abbey Farmhouse, Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1XQ

Try your hand at stream dipping to explore the habitat of the creatures that live in the watery world of the Cornmill Stream. Play games, join in quizzes and craft activities to discover our water wildlife.

Book and pay for this event on Lee Valley Regional Park website.

Historic Views and Trees Ranger-led Walk, 1pm – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Osterley Park and House stables courtyard, TW7 4RB

Come for a two-hour 3.5km guided tour exploring the recently restored historic vistas of Osterley House and see some notable trees on the estate.

Please wear suitable footwear. Visit the National Trust to find out more.

Art in the Park, 1pm - 3pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Whittington Park, N19 4RS 

Come and enjoy our 'Art in the Park' activity using a kaleidoscope of colours to draw, paint or colour drawings. You could also use materials such as grasses, leaves, twigs and sand found in the park to create your own drawing and decoration. Organised by Islington Council

Summer Pond Dipping, 2pm – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Islington Ecology Centre, Gillespie Park, N51PH

See what you can find in Islington Ecology Centre pond this summer. Dragonfly nymphs, Water Stick insects or even a Water Scorpion. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free event, just turn up. 

Find out more on Islington Council website.

Conserving Canonbury, 2pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Union Chapel, Upper Street, N1 2UN

Come and discover Canonbury, a green and historic piece of Islington. On this walk we’ll explore its streets, square and hidden river. We’ll see one of the oldest buildings in Islington and consider how street furniture, paving and signage contribute to the character of the area. Organised by Footprints of London.

Book your place on Eventbrite.

Granville Community Kitchen Urban Food Growing, 2pm - 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at the Granville 140 Carlton Vale, NW6 5HE

Granville Community Kitchen invites you on a tour of three inner city growing spaces where you will be able to get involved in growing activities. Granville Community Kitchen is a community-led initiative for the South Kilburn community to access healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

To book your free place, email: [email protected]

Camden Highline Walking Tours 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Day walk & talk NW1 8NJ
Meet at Camden Collective, 5-7 Buck Street, London

Talk to the team behind the Camden Highline! Hear the latest progress and see the model with Project Manager Adam Richards. Tours star Camden Collective and ends on Camley Street. Please enter via the external gates by ringing the 'Collective Hub' buzzer.

Please wear comfy shoes and bring an umbrella if it is raining. Tours will go ahead whatever the weather.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Evening events

If These Trees Could Talk, 5pm - 8pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (exact location will be sign-posted), SE11 5HL

Bring the kids (ages 5 to 12) along to climb into the canopies of trees in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Staff from Vauxwall Climbing Centre will be on hand to help. There’ll also be chances to explore and hear stories from other children and students of Neon Performing Arts (based at Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre) about the gardens’ rich history. Organised by Studio Long, Vauxhall & Vauxhall One.

This event is now cancelled.

Floating Fitness at Merchant Square, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at the Floating Pocket Park, Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1JS

This monthly series of events showcases London’s leading fitness gurus on the Floating Pocket Park. Come and enjoy free classes, workshops and meet and greets to boost your health and wellbeing!

Spaces are limited and can be booked via the Merchant Square, Paddington website.

Community on the Green, 6pm – 9pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Mitcham Cricket Ground, CR4 4LA

Come and celebrate Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area. This is the world’s oldest cricket ground at the heart of Mitcham's network of historic town greens. There’s a guided tree walk of the historic grounds of the Canons House. Refreshments provided. Free event, just turn up.

See Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage to find out more.

Lost Rivers – Neckinger, 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Bernie Spain Gardens SE1 9PH (adjacent to Oxo Tower), SE1 9PH

Join expert Tom Bolton for a walk exploring one of London’s hidden rivers - the Neckinger. The tour will cover how it has formed the street pattern and influenced the development and growth of the local area. A chance to try dowsing with rods and listening with tubes to heighten the experience. Come dressed in blue. Organised by the Museum of Walking.

Booking is essential. Book your free place on the Museum of Walking website.

Beekeeping Taster (BeeUrban), 6pm – 7pm
Theme: Look & learn
The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place SE11 4BU

Come and learn the basics of beekeeping. We’ll cover the beekeeping year; setting up an apiary; Bee Behaviour and the role of the Beekeeper; the equipment required and include honey tasting!

Organised by BeeUrban. Subject to weather conditions, we’ll open a hive outside in our apiary. All protective clothing will be supplied. Please bring wellingtons or other boots. Refreshments provided

Pre-booking essential as places are limited. Book and pay for your event on Eventbrite.

Beekeeping Taster (BeeUrban), 7pm – 8pm
Theme: Look & learn
The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place SE11 4BU

Come and learn the basics of beekeeping. We’ll cover the beekeeping year; setting up an apiary; Bee Behaviour and the role of the Beekeeper; the equipment required and include honey tasting!

Organised by BeeUrban. Subject to weather conditions, we’ll open a hive outside in our apiary. All protective clothing will be supplied. Please bring wellingtons or other boots. Refreshments provided

Pre-booking essential as places are limited. Book and pay for your event on Eventbrite.

Back to my roots Walk, 7pm – 9pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Hither Green station SE13 5NF

Join the Ramblers for an easy five-mile post-work walk on parks and pavements around Hither Green, Blackheath, on to Greenwich and down to the Thames. Option to drop out at Blackheath. Free, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers to find out more.

Candle making, 8pm – 9pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place, SE11 4BU

Join a session to learn about harvesting and preparing beeswax and how to make candles. Make and take away two candles. Refreshments provided. Organised by BeeUrban. 

Pre-booking essential as places are limited. Book and pay for your place on Eventbrite.

Trees – why are they so important in Elephant’s changing urban landscape? 6pm – 8pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at the London Plane Meeting Room, Faraday, 35 Heygate Street SE17 1AZ

Join experts for a panel discussion on trees and ecology in Elephant & Castle, Southwark and across London. Free. Space limited.

To book, please send an email with your name to: [email protected]

The Ecology of Old Trees, 7pm – 8:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet by main gates, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH

An evening guided tree walk through Abney Park Cemetery nature reserve led by arboriculturalist and ecologist Russell Miller. The walk will focus on the importance of old trees for wildlife.

Registration through Eventbrite.