Category archive: Parks


Redbridge recognised as home to some of the best parks in the UK

Nine Redbridge Parks have once again received prestigious Green Flag Awards, recognising their high quality, conservation, community involvement and the hard work of park staff. The Green Flag Award, founded in 1997 is an internationally recognised marker of high-quality parks and green spaces. The Nine award-winning Redbridge parks are: Claybury Park Clayhall Park Elmhurst Gardens


Free Family Festivals in Redbridge Parks

Start your summer with Vision’s annual summer events programme, take a trip to Redbridge for the fantastic Fairlop Fair on Saturday 2 July at Fairlop Waters. A fun filled day of entertainment for all ages from 11am-6pm. New attractions for 2022 include: Mini golf Petting zoo Chainsaw artist Group exercise taster sessions which include Yoga


Hainault Forest to be part of Queen’s Green Canopy Programme

Hainault Forest has been chosen as part of the Jubilee tree planting project. The country park in Redbridge has been selected as part of a UK-wide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees dedicated for the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative


Vision RCL donates £1,000 to Swan Sanctuary Charity

When dealing with wildlife and working with partners such as DEFRA and the Environment Agency, the Swan Sanctuary always provide dedicated care and specialist treatment at difficult times. Over the years there have been many occasions where Vision – Redbridge Culture & Leisure have required specialist expertise offered by the Swan Sanctuary Charity. This donation


The ‘Clean Parks for London’ campaign brings together the green space sector to tackle litter in our parks

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure have joined together with Parks for London and 16 other organisations including the Mayor and nine local councils to launch a new campaign, ‘Clean Parks for London’, starting this April 2022. Led by Parks for London, an independent charity and Centre for Excellence for green space management, the pan-London campaign aims to tackle this


Easter Opening Times

During the Easter period our leisure centres, libraries and other centres will have different opening hours. To find out more information on opening times, please see below or visit the individual centre pages. Find out more about your local sport and leisure centre Find out more about your local library Find out more about theatre


New Business Opportunity – Organic Food Growing at Ray Park

GREENHOUSE AREA WITHIN THE WALLED GARDEN AT RAY PARK, SNAKES LANE EAST, WOODFORD GREEN IG8 7JQ The presently redundant parks greenhouses, adjacent polytunnel frames and outbuilding within the 18th Century locally listed walled gardens of Ray Park have become available. They provide an excellent business opportunity in a beautiful location, for a community focused organisation


The TrUst in Us Model

Credit: Community Leisure UK Why Charitable Trusts are great! Here’s a quick summary! Charitable Trusts come in all shapes and sizes. But they all have two things in common. To do good and make things better.  Your Local Leisure and Culture Trust is no different. They help make your community better because as a charitable organisation


Valentines voted into UKs Top Ten favourite parks

Vision RCL are pleased to announce that Valentines Park has once again been voted one of the Top Ten Green Flag Award-winning parks in the UK. The People’s Choice Award top ten parks were announced in a special virtual awards ceremony hosted by Keep Britain Tidy, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Green



Redbridge’s 2021 Nature Photography Competition Winners announced

Sleepy cygnets, perfect pyramidal orchids, beautiful bumblebees and fox families are just some of the fantastic submissions we received for our recent Nature Photography Competition. During summer 2021, Vision RCL organised a photography competition encouraging residents to engage with the natural world through a lens and explore some of the wonderful wild spaces in Redbridge.


Raise the flag for nine Redbridge Green Flag parks

Redbridge residents will be overjoyed to learn that Redbridge parks are once again being recognised for the prestigious Green Flag award. In Redbridge, we are fortunate to have 50 parks and open spaces where visitors can enjoy walks, children’s play areas, outdoor gyms, cafes or simply relax within the beautiful natural surroundings. Vision RCL is


Garfield Weston Foundation Award £45k to Vision RCL for Hainault Forest Restoration Project

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure are delighted to announce the award of £45,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation for our major project to restore Hainault Forest. The grant is crucial to achieving our project aims, together with funding from The National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Greater London Authority Mayor’s Fund and Redbridge Council, the project



Vision’s statement for Kiosk Café at Christchurch Green

Vision have submitted a planning application for a kiosk café at Christchurch Green, Wanstead. There is speculation that we are spending up to £2m on this scheme. We would like to make it clear that we have absolutely no intention of spending anything like this sum of money on this proposal. Our current expectation is



Save the date for Vision’s summer finale – Wanstead Festival

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is bringing the local community back together again with the annual celebration that residents, local businesses, communities and charities look forward to year on year, Wanstead Festival. Everyone is invited to come along to enjoy a lively afternoon of entertainment on Sunday 12 September at Christchurch Green from 11am until


More Vision Facilities re-open from 17 May

As we now enter the third step in the Government’s road out of lockdown, more of our Vision facilities have reopened today Monday 17 May. While our leisure centres re-opened last month for gym use and swimming, we are excited to finally recommence indoor sports. Fitness classes such as spinning, body conditioning, zumba and lots







Vote for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Award 2020

Help us get Redbridge into the top ten by voting for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Awards. This year an army of experts awarded a record breaking 2,061 Green Flag Awards to the UK’s very best parks and green spaces, including nine Redbridge parks. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the scheme is now


Shape the future of Fairlop Waters

Redbridge Council has announced bold and exciting plans to preserve and expand Fairlop Waters, adding 250 acres of green space to the existing park over the coming years. Fairlop Waters is one of the largest country parks in Redbridge, home to expansive green space, a lake, and a wide range of outdoor activities, including the



Owls is re-opening!!

Owls is back and can’t wait to welcome you. We are pleased to announce that Owls Play Centre, Fairlop Waters, will be reopening on Monday 7 September. We have had to make some changes to ensure everyone can play safely but are confident that the fun can continue. We will be running sessions with limited


Winners announced in our ‘Clean Up Your Park, Take Your Litter Home’ poster competition

Litter has become a big problem for Redbridge parks during the good weather. When the bins are full, visitors to the parks have just been leaving their litter behind. So Redbridge Council and Vision put their heads together and thought it would be a good idea to get the younger generation on board. A competition


The Community Leisure UK Award winners have been announced!

The National Community Leisure UK Awards are held annually and recognise, celebrate and share the achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the UK. Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to have finalists in three of the categories for the 2020 awards and a winner in one! Huge congratulations go to Yashmin Harun, a




Rare bird spotted in Valentines Park Birdwatch Walk

UPDATE: BBC2 featured our Turtle Dove during their Winterwatch programme on Friday 31 January at 8.30pm. On Saturday 25 January Vision’s Nature Conservation team partnered with the local North East London RSPB group to host a Big Garden Birdwatch Walk at Valentines Park. The event coincided with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch campaign, which is


Successful community tree planting during National Tree Week

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





Vote for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Award 2019

Residents now have the chance to vote for their favourite Green Flag flying park in Redbridge as part of the People’s Choice 2019 awards. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the prestigious poll finds the nation’s top 10 parks from almost 2,000 awarded Green Flag Award status by the environment charity. In July, nine Redbridge parks


Redbridge raises nine Green Flags to mark the quality of its open spaces

Nine council parks and open spaces in Redbridge have again been confirmed as some of the best in the world after successfully retaining their coveted Green Flag award. The esteemed flags will be flying for another year in Claybury Park, Clayhall Park, Elmhurst Gardens, Goodmayes Park, Hainault Forest, Ilford War Memorial, Seven Kings Park, South


Vision’s partner The Orchard Project become BBC Food and Farming Award finalists

Vision’s Nature Conservation Ranger Team have been supported by partner The Orchard Project to help enrichen the community, work with local residents and volunteers to plant and maintain orchards in Claybury Park and other Redbridge parks. We are excited to share that The Orchard Project recently landed a place as one of three finalists in


Threatened species and ancient woodland set to thrive at Hainault Forest thanks to National Lottery

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £4.2 million to Redbridge Council to restore the forest to its former natural and wild state and help threatened species thrive, including eleven species of bat. Among them, the rare Barbastelle bat which was spotted there in 2017, the first time it had been seen in London for


Wanstead Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.


Foxburrows Farm

Foxburrows Farm is closed due to the Hainault Forest Restoration Project. During 2022 some exciting improvements will be made to the farm please re-visit this page for further updates.





South Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.






Ray Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.


Onslow Gardens

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.





Loxford Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.






Hainault Forest

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.





Goodmayes Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.



Elmhurst Gardens

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.


Crucible Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.







Clayhall Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.



Seven Kings Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.


Valentines Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.