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Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

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The Peninsula area became heavily industrialised from the late 1880s onwards. English Partnerships bought the land in 1997 and set in place a massive regeneration project, which included the creation of the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park as a freshwater habitat.

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.

A fascinating variety of wildlife thrives in the Park, including frogs, toads and newts, while there is a huge array of 'minibeasts'. In spring and summer the Park comes alive with brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies, and 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.

Volunteering at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Wednesday and Saturday Workdays

Join our regular Wednesday and Saturday conservation workdays at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park and help the wardens carry out vital management work in the park’s different habitats – including marsh, meadow, shingle beach and woodland.

Every Wednesday throughout autumn and winter from 10am to 3pm

Every Saturday throughout autumn and winter from 11am to 2pm

  • You will be working as part of a team with the park wardens, carrying out tasks such as pond clearing, reed cutting, meadow cutting, coppicing (cutting smaller tree stems), digging and weeding. 
  • You don’t need any previous experience and we provide tools and gloves (and wellies or waders if needed). 
  • We only use hand tools so you will get some great experience in the more traditional ways of managing habitats.
  • The wardens will supply tea, coffee, soft drinks and the essential biscuits but please bring along a packed lunch. 
  • Wear old clothes and strong footwear (e.g. boots or  trainers) 

You must be 16 or over (under 18s need to get a parental/guardian permission form signed first).  You also need to be reasonably fit - check with your doctor first if you are worried about your fitness level.  The work is physical and we work outside in most weathers on rough ground and in water.

Ring the wardens, Joanne and Tony, on 020 8293 1904 or email us at gpep@tcv.org.uk if you need more details or directions.

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in a community nature reserve and help maintain its habitats for wildlife for years to come.  All help is much appreciated!

Events and Activities

There are a host of organised activities you can join in with - from special events to school holiday drop-in activities.  This October half term, there will be free drop-in activities for all ages on the theme of Creatures of the Night - see www.greenwichecologypark.com for more details.

The next big event is the Winter Fayre on Sunday 7th December 2014 with willow wreath making, wreath decorating, children's prize trails and more - all free and suitable for all ages.

During term time, the Park is open for school visits where children can experience nature first hand. Ask the wardens for more details.

Contact, Access and Opening Details

The Park opens to the public every day except Monday and Tuesday, at 10am and closes at 5pm or dusk, whichever comes first.

The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park can be found at:

The Ecology Park Gatehouse
Thames Path
John Harrison Way
London
SE10 0QZ

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The Site Wardens are Joanne Smith and Tony

Tel: +44 (0)20 8293 1904

Email: gpep@tcv.org.uk

Entry to the park is free. Please remember that dogs (apart from guide dogs) and cycling are not permitted. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. The Park has full disabled access.

History

The Greenwich Peninsula was originally made up of agricultural fields, marshes and even a large millpond, 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. In fact there was no green space left on the Peninsula by 1968 except the British Gas Playing Fields where the Sainsbury's and Comet superstores are now located.

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 project, which included bringing 121 hectares of neglected land back to life. Innovative and exciting new schemes were put in to place, including restoration of parts of the riverbank and the creation of the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park as a freshwater habitat.