National Park City Week
See our National Park City Week events taking place across Hackney, 21 to 29 July.
Hackney has 58 parks and green spaces totalling 282 hectares. Our green spaces range from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes to the beautiful and historic settings of Springfield Park and Clissold Park.
- Abney Park
- Clissold Park
- Hackney Downs
- Hackney Marshes
- Haggerston Park
- London Fields
- Springfield Park
See our parks and green spaces list for information about Hackney's 58 parks.
You can also find your nearest park on a map and see a list of our play areas.
A range of activities across Hackney celebrating London becoming the world's first National Park City next year:
Saturday 21 July
Haggerston Park urban bat workshop
11.30am to 1.30pm. Join us for a bat box building workshop in Haggerston Park. Learn about the ecological importance of this site and how we can enhance green spaces and gardens to support these amazing mammals. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.
To book contact email@example.com.
Bat walk and detecting
8.30pm to 10pm, Haggerston Park. Join us for a bat walk around Haggerston Park Community Orchard. Learn about the ecological importance of these amazing mammals. Listen to bats using detectors as they emerge at dusk. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.
Please use the the bat workshop contact details above.
Sunday 22 July
Nature / history walk
2pm, Hackney Marshes. Come along for a walk in East London's famous Hackney Marshes. Wander through time through the woods, hearing about highwayman legends, industrial firsts and biodiversity. Free tea and coffee at the end. Please complete an outdoor questionnaire first.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8356 7459.
Picnic and park founder commemoration
2pm to 4pm, Clissold Park. The Clissold Park User Group invite you to a picnic. Come and meet local historian Amir Dotan, who is campaigning to commemorate the park's creator Joseph Beck. Bring some sandwiches and maybe even cake.
For more information contact email@example.com.
Tuesday 24 July
Lunchtime health walk
1pm to 2pm, Clissold Park. This walk is a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.
Booking and further information through Walking for Health.
1pm to 1.45pm, Clissold Park. A free walk for Hackney residents who are recovering from, or at risk from, stroke or TIA and people with mobility issues.
Abney Unearthed volunteering
10am to 2pm, Abney Park Cemetery. Come and re-map, research and rediscover the approxiately 200,000 people buried in Abney Park. (Weather permitting).
Hackney Good Gym
6.45pm to 7.15pm, meet at E5 Bakehouse. Boost your health and support your neighbourhood - come for a run with Hackney GoodGym, a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. Everyone's welcome.
Booking and further information through Good Gyms.
Wednesday 25 July
London Fields walk
12.15pm to 1pm - meeting point: steps of Hackney Town Hall. This walk is a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.
The Ecology of Old Trees
7pm, Abney Park. An evening guided tree walk through Abney Park Cemetery nature reserve led by arboriculturalist and ecologist Russell Miller of Tree Musketeers. The walk will focus on the importance of old trees for wildlife.
For further information email Russell Miller.
Thursday 26 July
Bird identification evening
7pm to 9pm, Stoke Newington West Reservoir. An opportunity to see the wide variety of birds in the Stoke Newington reservoir with expert advice from Hackney & Islington Swifts Group on how to identify species in this rich urban habitat. Bring binoculars or otherwise just turn up and learn.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07814 791871.
2pm to 5pm, Robin Hood Community Gardens.
Come and join us for our volunteer gardening session. In addition to the usual jobs in the edible forest and raised beds, we will be doing some pruning. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have gardening experience.
For further information please contact the Robin Hood Gardens user group on email@example.com. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Saturday 28 July
Nature reserve boat tour
Kingsland Road and Whitmore Road bridges.
Garden art exhibition
1pm to 9pm, Robin Hood Community Garden. The garden will be converted into an art exhibition space for just one day. Six local artists will exhibit sculptures, paintings, photographs and prints in this experimental exhibition that takes art off the walls and into the open air. There are plenty of benches and places so bring along a packed lunch and drinks and grab yourself a sausage from the barbecue for this amazing day out.
If you are an artist feel free to join the discussions on creating a permanent sculpture/public art piece for the garden. Organised by Robin Hood Community Gardens group. For further information please contact the Robin Hood Gardens user group on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 29 July
Hackney's Urban Arboretum Tree Walk
10.30am to 12/30pm. Join Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest, on a 2-3 mile guided walk over approximately two hours, through the back streets of Hackney looking at interesting street trees.
The walk starts at Hackney Central Overground Station and finishes at Dalston Curve Garden. Book by phone on 07964 940 742 or email at email@example.com.
Climb St. Augustine's Tower and Churchyard tours
11am to 5pm. Amazing rooftop views or go on a guided tour. Book guided 45 minutes tours of the Churchyard (2pm and 3.30pm).
Come along for an open day at St Augustine's Tower, Hackney's oldest building. Climb 135 steps up a winding staircase for amazing rooftop views. Guided 45 minute tours of the Churchyard are on offer at 2pm and 3.30pm, giving a fascinating introduction to the people connected to the place spanning shoemakers, Lord Mayors of London and world explorers. Organised by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and Walk Hackney.
For further information contact Sean Gubbins on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trees of Clissold Park
3pm to 5pm, Clissold Park. Join this guided walk looking at the old and unusual trees of Clissold Park with Russell Miller, a professional arboriculturalist and ecologist. He is chair of the Ancient Tree Forum and activities coordinator for Tree Musketeers. Organised by the Tree Musketeers.
For further information email Russell Miller.
Stay up to date
Parks annual report
If you'd like to help care for and improve your local green spaces, you can join one of Hackney's parks user groups.
Book a sports pitch
Whether you're into football, tennis, cricket or basketball there are a number of great locations in our parks where you can indulge your passion. Book a sports pitch.