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New Community Activities and Environmental Education in Wanstead Park

FSC in partnership with the Friends of Wanstead Parklands are delighted to announce the introduction of environmental activities for schools, families and community groups in Wanstead Park, Bush Wood, and Wanstead Flats in Epping Forest.

The two-year project is funded by City of London Corporation’s ‘Enjoying Green Spaces and the Natural Environment’ strand of the Central Grants Programme. This funding will enable FSC, in partnership with the Friends of Wanstead Parklands, to run a programme of family activities in school holidays and weekends, community activities for local groups and environmental themed school visits.

Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been delivering a series of children’s nature clubs and other seasonal events and have been looking at how they can expand this offer to meet the demand from local residents. Speaking on behalf of Friends of Wanstead Parklands, Jo Blackman said, "We are delighted that FSC has been awarded funding to work in Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats. We hope that this project will encourage even more local residents to explore their natural environment and develop a lifelong passion for nature. We look forward to supporting the delivery of an exciting new programme of events over the next two years."

Helen Robertson, Centre Manager at FSC Epping Forest said, “We have been working in Epping Forest for almost 50 years and are delighted to extend our work into a new location and to a new community. We hope this project will inspire everyone to be curious, caring and passionate about Epping Forest and the Environment.”

Graeme Smith, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces and City gardens Committee, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to help the Field Studies Centre expand their work across the Forest. Outdoor exploration and play are vital for children to flourish in their learning and development. This project will encourage more people to join the Forest community and enjoy these precious open spaces.”

Details of family activities and events will be published here. Join us at the first event, the Bluebell Walk on the 23rd March. Places must be booked in advance, via the FSC website.

If you are a local community group and would like to discuss how you can get involved, please email [email protected] with details of your group and we will be in touch. We will be sending further details of the project to eligible schools.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019