PARK LIFE 1891-2016 Photography competition:

 Open to amateur photographers of all ages

 Win £250 worth of vouchers to spend locally and see your photos in print

An exciting photography competition, supported by the Ham&High newspaper, launches 31 January 2016 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of Waterlow Park. 

The park was gifted by philanthropist Sir Sydney Waterlow and opened in 1891, and the Friends of Waterlow Park want amateur photographers to help capture views of the park looking its best for its 125th anniversary. Please look in your attic for old photos too.

The top prize is £250 worth of vouchers to spend locally.  The second prize is £100 and 10 entrants will each win signed copies of Sir Christopher Waterlow's autobiography.

Each month a top photo will be published in the Ham&High, and a selection of photos will be published on this website. The 12 best photographs will be used for a 2017 calendar, with sale proceeds going to support the park. 

The competition is in two sections: archive photos taken before 1970 [by you, or your family, or owned by you] and post-1970 original photos taken by you. For post-1970 photos we can only accept three entries - so make sure you pick your best. We will be happy to look through any number of older photos - maybe great great grandpa took some in the early days of the park, or possibly Uncle Bill spent rather too much time watching the flowers grow in the 60's?.

There is no age limit for photos or photographers!

Entry form and full terms and conditions available here


Orchard Update

 Our Community Orchard has just come through its third season - here is an update extracted from the Orchard web-site

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A Worthwhile Walk!

Why not take a stroll around the Park using our colourful trail guide which highlights interesting and less well-known features of our historic 'garden'? Click here for a map and list of features.

Lauderdale House closed for renovation - a pop-up cafe has appeared on the Tea Lawn

The house is currently closed and due to reopen August/September 2016, but Michal has built a pop-up café on the lawn behind the house! 

The cafe is open every day from 9 to 3 - specials include a bacon & egg roll with a coffee for £5, and waffles with creme fraiche, blueberries and maple syrup for £3.50!

To find out more about the Lauderdale Transformed project please visit the Lauderdale House website

Maintaining the Park

Camden has looked after the Park well in 2015. 

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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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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. 

 Before.....                            After.......                      

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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.