Wanstead Parklands Community Project

Contact Name
Richard Arnopp (Hon. Secretary)
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Why is Wanstead Park special?

Wanstead Park is the surviving remnant of one of England's most celebrated and influential landscaped gardens, upon which such eminent designers as George London and Humphry Repton have left their mark. Important vestiges of these gardens survive today, and Wanstead Park is a Grade II* listed landscape, meaning that it is regarded as being of national significance. The public park contains two individually listed buildings - the Temple and a ruined grotto (both Grade II). Wanstead Parish Church (Grade I) was also connected to the estate, and the stables of Wanstead House (Grade II) now house the Wanstead Golf Club.

What is the Wanstead Parklands Community Project?

Formed in 2005, our mission is to raise awareness of the history of Wanstead Park, to conduct or commission original research into the park's history, and to campaign for its preservation and improvement.

What have we done?

• We obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has been used to create a library of DVDs and other publications.
• We have conducted an important campaign of archaeological research, which is continuing. This has revealed new information on prehistoric and Roman occupation, as well as clues to the development of the gardens. A report has been published which may be downloaded from our website.
• Following a long campaign by us, Wanstead Park was in 2009 included by English Heritage on its register listing parks and gardens "at risk" from neglect, decay or pressure from development. Recognition as being "at risk" is an essential prerequisite to making the case for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We regard such a grant as the only realistic option for addressing the park's many problems.
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