A Brief History Of Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park was bequeathed to the public by Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1889 as a ‘garden for the gardenless’.  

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PUBLIC MEETING - Monday, November 30 - 15:00-16:30

There will be a Public Meeting at the Waterlow Park Centre, convened by Camden, for local park users and stakeholders to find out about the progress of the Waterlow Park Project.

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Lauderdale House closed for Renovation - but pop-up cafe opens soon!

The house is currently closed and due to reopen August/September 2016. But a pop-up café will open soon on the lawn behind the house!  To find out more about the Lauderdale Transformed project please visit the Lauderdale House website

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On Thursday 12 November a huge effort by volunteers completed the replanting of the long shade border near the kitchen garden. This programme is ongoing, so anyone with some spare time who is interested in gardening is welcome. 

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Waterlow Park Users

See an infographic about the people who use Waterlow Park.

Future Management Consultation

Since 2013 Camden have been consulting with the Friends and other stakeholders over proposals to change how the park is managed into the future. This initiative is in large part a way of seeking to protect the park in the face of public sector cuts. The Waterlow Park Committee is in its nascent form but is already helping to formulate longer term strategy for the Waterlow Park Trust (for which Camden is the sole trustee).

Although Lauderdale House is being let on a long term rent-free lease, the two lodges are being refurbished for residential letting and the Park Centre is soon to be let to an established Arts Company.

Waterlow Park Orchard

The community orchard was planted in February 2013 in one of the old kitchen garden areas below the Park Centre - more than 100 years after it was last used to grow food for Sir Sydney Waterlow. Read more and also visit the orchard website.

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Waterlow Park was bequeathed to the public by Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1889 as a ‘garden for the gardenless’.  It consists of almost 30 acres, situated just south of Highgate Village, in North London. The Park is bordered on two sides by Highgate Cemetery, world famous for its mausoleums, gravestones and the tomb of Karl Marx.

Within the Park is the historic Lauderdale House, which has a café, arts and exhibition centre, and formal terraced gardens. Waterlow Park has three ponds, tree lined walkways, mature shrub beds and herbaceous borders, ornamental bedding, expanses of lawn, 6 tennis courts, an infant playground and a play area for older kids.

Waterlow Park supports a number of important ecological habitats and a rich variety of wildlife.

In 2005 Camden undertook a large improvement and restoration programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project included the creation of the Waterlow Park Centre, which offers environmental educational sessions for local schools and colleges, information about Camden parks, local history and events. It also provides a venue for functions and conferences.

The Friends of Waterlow Park, who look after this website, take an active role in the management of the Park. Feel free to join us. As the Voice of Park Users we welcome everyne's views!

Waterlow Park has been immortalised in a song by Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, who recorded it on their album "Wildlife" in 1971.