Waterlow Park Volunteer Groups work in a range of areas including:
- Biodiversity and conservation
- Sports and leisure
- Infrastructure and memorials
- Trees and views
Active engagement with the Park builds community and helps us all. See below for current activities in some of these areas. These will be updated as new opportunities arise. In the meantime if you are interested or have more ideas do get in touch using our contact form.
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. Please use the contact form on this website to express your interest and for more information.
You don’t need experience in gardening or tools. Sturdy footwear is required and we recommend that you bring your own gloves. Just come along and pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested. Everybody is welcome.
We also welcome corporate groups.
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. Use the contact form to join in the ongoing botanical survey (summer/autumn 2023). The form for collecting information is here.
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 are found on their website.
During the summers of 2021 and 2022 the Friends organised open air concerts on Sunday afternoons. A similar series is planned for 2023. If you can help to make this a reality please get in touch.
Periodically, the Friends have held a ‘Lark in the Park’. These are enjoyable days out for the family along the lines of a country fair and it is hoped to hold another in the future. Watch this space and get involved.
Trees and views
Keen photographers especially love the park for the views it offers; of the London skyline, over the ponds and for the many other vistas around the park. Planting new trees is carefully planned to enhance views wherever possible and to avoid obstructing key sight-lines. Contact us.