December 2019 • Vision RCL

Vision RCL and Redbridge council partnered with Trees for Cities to plant new young trees across the borough this year, including Goodmayes Park and Orchard Playing Fields (formally Goodmayes Recreation Ground).

To mark the beginning of National Tree Week, which ran from 23 November-1 December, Vision’s nature conservation team was joined by partners and volunteers for a big organised community planting day on Saturday 23 November. The Mayor of Redbridge also attended the community day.

It was a very successful turn out as members of the community and people of all ages joined in to plant a tree, eat cake and celebrate! The locations for the new young trees were selected by the Nature Conservation team at Vision, Redbridge council’s tree officers and Trees for Cities.

The young trees will add to the existing tree boundaries in both spaces, helping to clean the air. The species will support habitats and food for urban wildlife and bring splashes of colour to the park throughout the seasons. We will also be planting edible fruit and nut trees such as hazel, walnut and crab apple for future generations to enjoy.

Community Tree planting day in Goodmayes Park on Saturday 23 November

Wanstead Leisure Centre has scooped the award for Most Improved performer in Sport and Leisure Facility Management at The Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.

APSE Performance Networks benchmarks the operational performance of leisure centres on a national basis in ‘like for like’ family groups.

The award was based on Wanstead Leisure Centre’s overall performance across a wide range of indicators during the financial year 2018/2019 and the manager Stephanie Hahn, along with Duty Manager Adeniyi Aderinola, were delighted to collect the award at the APSE conference in Blackpool on the 5 December.

Congratulations to Stephanie and the Wanstead team on a great achievement!

Pictured: Centre Manager Stephanie Hahn collecting the award with Duty Manager Adeniyi Aderinola.

During the Christmas period our leisure centres, libraries, parks and other centres will have different opening hours. To avoid disappointment, please make note of our opening times before visiting.

To find out more information on opening times, visit the pages below and click on your centre or library for individual opening times.

Please note that all of our parks and open spaces remain open as usual except for Christmas Day, when all parks will be closed.

Redbridge Libraries are working with The Welcome Project to be able to supply the homeless community with some much needed support.

On Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Friday 20 December we will collect items and coats that are to be handed out to the homeless community in Redbridge. You can help us by bringing in your donated items to any of our Redbridge libraries.

Please bring your unwanted coats or jackets (of any size), plus any of the items listed below and it will be donated to the homeless community.

You can bring:


  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant

Additional items

  • Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Plasters
  • Alcohol hand gel
  • Lib balm
  • Hairbrush
  • Nail clipper
  • Underwear/Socks
  • Snacks
  • Chocolate/Sweets
  • Small bottle of water
  • Small carton of juice
  • Playing cards
  • Men’s belts
  • Hats/Gloves
  • Coats/Jackets

We are so pleased to confirm that Jasmine, our Shetland pony has been found safe and well and is back home where she belongs at Hainault Forest. She had been dumped in a garden in Loughton late last night and was looked after by the residents until farm staff were able to pick her up.

Although a bit subdued, Jasmine was ok physically and has since had a thorough health check by the farm vet and is in good health. She was just hungry and thirsty and smelt of engine oil, so will be getting a thorough pampering today.

It was a very special moment for farm staff as Jasmine was reunited with her mother Bella, who had clearly been missing her. Jasmine was so happy to be back on familiar territory and couldn’t wait to get back to her home on the farm. The photo shows Jasmine and Bella together.

Vision would like to thank everyone that got behind the Facebook campaign for their help and support, so many people gave up their time to physically search for her, share our Facebook posts online and spread the story by word of mouth to keep her plight firmly in the spotlight which we are sure is the main factor in her return.

Thank you also to all those people for their kind offers of help with transport and the wonderful group of people who kept her safe until our staff could collect her.

There have also been sightings reported of the missing peacock and peahen but they haven’t been recovered yet, so please keep checking the forest and surrounding areas for any sign of these beautiful birds.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you. The Christmas spirit is now restored at Hainault Forest!