Looking to explore beyond Newington Green?
Enjoy the other pleasant green spaces that the area has to offer…
This community garden in the heart of Stoke Newington makes for a lovely destination for a short walk. Awarded the Green Flag Award in recognition of the quality of its green space, it might only be small but it offers visitors and residents a peaceful place to relax nonetheless. Local group, The Friends of Kynaston Gardens secured £84,000 in funding to transform a misused scrap of land into the community focused garden that you’ll find today.
Opened in 1889, Clissold Park has held a coveted Green Flag award since 2006 and remains one of the most popular traditional parks in London. In addition to having plenty of dog-free areas there are also table tennis tables, tennis courts and even a children’s paddling pool that opens during September. An organic food growing area offers local communities a chance to grow their own and you can spot birds and the resident fallow deer in purpose built enclosures.
Butterfield Green is a small local park just a short walk away from Newington Green. The land has benefited from the efforts of a committed community group who have campaigned for much needed legal help with Japanese knotweed in addition to the planting a small orchard on the site which has helped the park win a British Urban Regeneration Award. Plenty of sports facilities are available to use in the park including a basketball court, table tennis tables and a floodlit games area – not to mention a number of play areas.
Opening times for the above parks vary throughout the year – it is best to check the Hackney Parks list more more detailed information.
After 180 years of disuse the Woodbury Wetlands were reopened thanks to the London Wildlife Trust. This operating reservoir was built in 1833 in order to meet the growing demand for clean water in Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill which were then simply towns. After the world wars the London council chose to build housing estates on this land which led to the water in the reservoir being ‘cleaned’ with chlorine and sodium phosphate, any wildlife living there quickly vanished. By 1992, locals successfully campaigned for the disuse of such chemical and since then this wildlife has returned, but it wasn’t until 2016 that the Wetlands were constructed for visitors.
The orchard is open to visitors throughout the year where you’ll be able to admire the traditional English fruits that are growing there including the Victoria plum , James Grieve apple (a long forgotten fruit market staple) and conference pear. The orchard was planted to provide a habitat for wildlife, therefore visitors are asked not to pick the fruit there.
Woodbury Wetland is open throughout the year from 9am-4:30pm (East and South entrances), the West entrance closes at 5:30pm. No dogs are allowed in the nature reserve.