The Greenwich Peninsula was originally made up of agricultural fields, marshes and even a large millpond, and was historically known as Greenwich Marsh.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.
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.
There are a host of organised activities you can join in with - from evening bat walks to summer fun days for the family! During term time, the Park is open for school visits where children can experience nature first hand. Ask the Wardens for more details.
Entry to the Park is free, but please remember that cycling and dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted and all under 8 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday to Friday
Saturday & Sunday
Closed Monday & Tuesday for school bookings
10am to 5pm
10am to 5pm
For more information about the Ecology Park including school trips and events, please contact:
Joanne Smith, Senior Warden, or Tony Day,
Tel: 020 8293 1904
Fax: 020 8293 7037
Web site: http://www.urbanecology.org.uk
The Ecology Park Gatehouse
Thames Path, John Harrison Way
London SE10 0QZ
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is managed by TRUE - the Trust for Urban Ecology - under contract from the owner, English Partnerships. TRUE has a long history of ground-breaking achievements in urban ecology and creative conservation, and currently also manages Dulwich Upper Wood, Lavender Pond Nature Park, Stave Hill Ecological Park and Bow Creek Ecological Park.