If you like the fast life then London will not leave you disappointed. But what if you prefer something a bit slower where you can unwind and forget the hustle and bustle of the city?
Well, the wild and beautiful landscape of the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park offers solitude, beauty and much more. Easily accessible – only 10 minutes away from North Greenwich tube station – the park is a real hidden treasure in London. English Partnerships took ownership of the Greenwich Marsh in 1997 and through a regeneration project created the ecology park.
Highlights at Greenwich Ecology Park
- Several paths and boardwalks to enjoy the beautiful area
- A great place to take a break when cycling on the Thames Path
- Playground with slide and climbing frame in the adjacent Southern Park
- Colouring sheets and toy binoculars available in the Gatehouse
- Two hides to observe birds and a quiz trail for kids
- Special events with family activities like Wild Day Out (June), Winter Fayre (December) and Frog Day (March)
The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is made up of an inner and an outer lake. The outer lake area is open at all times. The inner lake area is accessible only through the Gatehouse during opening hours. As soon as you walk through the Gatehouse, it will not take long before you forget where you are. In the winter, the park is riveting but it is in the summer that it truly comes alive with beautiful butterflies and other salient wildlife.
The park is certainly not one-dimensional; there is a marsh, lakes, streams, a wetland area with wet woodland, and a meadow. With an array of exotic birds and flourishing wildlife, the park is full of interesting surprises. Whether it is colourful newts or the magnificent swans that get your attention, there is something there for everyone.
Helping out at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
If you would like to get more hands-on and involved, there is a practical workday every Wednesday for adults in the park starting from 10 am to 3.30 pm where you would work with a small team of volunteers and wardens on a variety of outdoor tasks. There are designated bird hides so you can have a truly unique and intimate view of all the spectacular birds that frequent the reserve without distracting them.