Stoke Newington Common lies between Stoke Newington and Clapton and consists of four sections of green space, each with their own character. Although relatively small, the Common provides a much needed and highly valued green space for surrounding residents, escape from busy roads and provides a very popular children's play area.
The user group have helped transform Stoke Newington Common. To date they've:
- raised funds for, designed and built a new playground
- commissioned and built new seating from recycled wood
- planted many trees, hedges, and spring bulbs, and done so by involving local people and schools
- restored the drinking fountain which lay disused for over 20 years
- succeeded in getting a reduction in the speed limit along Northwold Rd, to assist children walking to school, as well as using the playground
- organised events including an annual picnic and fun day, games days, history tours, cycling events, planting, environmental and plant-care days, knitting sessions and more
How to get involved
If you'd like to get involved, please contact Stoke Newington User Group (SNUG).
In 2012, 30 pupils from Northwold Primary School Year 1 planted a meadow on the common as part of the Mad About Meadows project. The Council worked with London in Bloom, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and SNUG to trial the Mad About Meadows, which was inspired by the Olympic Park wildflower meadows, and designed to increase the number of urban meadows across London.
The meadow also contributes to our biodiversity action plan, which seeks to create 1 hectare (10,000m2 - about the size of one and a half football pitches) of new meadow over the next 5 years.
Barbecues are not allowed on Stoke Newington Common. The use of all barbecues in London Fields has also been suspended following safety advice to all London councils from the London Fire Brigade.
Dogs are excluded from the play area. Council officers have the power to request that dogs are put on leads if they are behaving aggressively, causing damage, or if their owner doesn't have appropriate control over them. More information on dogs in parks.