Play areas and Sports
As well as the café in Lauderdale House and the nature reserve by the upper pond, there are two playgrounds towards the southern end of the park. One is an enclosed area for children under 5 and the other has equipment for older children and is near the lower Swains Lane entrance. The Park also offers tennis courts which are bookable here and, new in 2019, a petanque – or boules – pitch. Just turn up and play – you can bring your own set or borrow one from the Lauderdale House café.
For more ideas about activities for children and adults – trails, guides, nature hunt and a quiz – go to our publications page.
Would you like to help keep the park looking good? For over five years the FOWP has taken over the restoration and maintenance of some of the borders and beds in the park. These include the Rose Circle, the upper Lauderdale terraces, the Sensory Border, the Sundial and other nooks and crannies in the park. To fund the work we run plant sales and other events which the volunteers also help to organise.
If you enjoy gardening and want to join us, we meet every Thursday morning [except during the deepest winter months] at the Café.
You don’t need experience in gardening, you don’t even need tools or gloves. Just bring yourself. And pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested. Everybody is welcome.
Biodiversity and Conservation:
‘Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative’ (Vandana Shiva, Indian scholar and environmentalist)
Park users are invited to participate in the variety of surveys undertaken in the park. Get in touch to join in the ongoing botanical survey.
Annual events include RSPB bird counts and the Big Butterfly count. Ad hoc wildlife sightings and observations of flora and fauna can be reported to the Green Space Information for Greater London (GiGL) via their website.
The Camden Green Gym of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) work in the park one or two days every month to undertake habitat improvement. Details, dates and times can be found on their website
Please use the contact form on this website to express your interest in volunteering and for more information. Summer 2023 dates: 10, 24 June; 8, 22 July; 5, 19 August; 16, 30 September.