On Wednesday 28 June, brand new benches and picnic tables were unveiled at Heronry Pond near the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park, Epping Forest.
Through a joint partnership between the City of London Corporation, the Friends of Wanstead Park, Groundwork and Tesco, families will now be able to enjoy improved lakeside seating by the pond.
The seating consists of three picnic table areas and six brand new benches along the pond providing picturesque views underneath the shade of nearby trees.
A grant of £8,000 was awarded to the Friends of Wanstead Park by Tesco Bags for Help scheme for the project.
The City Corporation supplied and installed the benches and tables with the work completing in mid June.
Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City Corporation’s Epping Forest and City Commons Committee said: “I hope that the new facilities encourage more families and the local community to visit Wanstead Park and enjoy this sanctuary in east London. By working together with the community, we have been able to enhance and improve the experience enjoyed by our visitors.”
John Meehan, chair of the Friends of Wanstead Park said: “This was a great example of the Friends of Wanstead Park working in partnership with the City of London Corporation. We applied for the Tesco’s funding for the benefit of local people and received a 1,000 strong petition in support from local park users.
“If people want to help improve Wanstead Park more than they can join the Friends on www.wansteadpark.org.uk and join the current 500 Friends. We look forward to many more improvements in Wanstead Park arising from the forthcoming Parkland Plan and the possible Heritage Lottery Bid.”
The City of London Corporation manages 18 major green spaces in London and south east England, including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath, and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile.
They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves and they are protected from being built on by special legislation.
These green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are funded by over £28 million a year from the City Corporation, and are run at little or no cost to the communities that they serve.