What We Do

Constituted in 2018, The Friends of Cheney Row Park (FoCRP) works in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) to give the local community a greater role in the management, maintenance and future of Cheney Row Park.

We are a not-for-profit community group managed by a committee of volunteers on behalf of local residents.  We have received funding for tools, equipment and this website from LBWF’s Higham Hill Community Ward Funding.  We are a member of The Conservation Volunteers, and are supported in our litter picking by CleanupUK.

We are open to all.  Join us – it’s a great way to meet neighbours, make a positive contribution to your local area, get exercise, tackle anti-social behaviour, influence future improvements, and learn skills.

Our Aims

  • To help to secure and promote the conservation and protection of the Park.
  • To monitor plants, animals and wildlife habitats to maintain and improve biodiversity.
  • To monitor the built environment and report problems and repairs required to the Council.
  • To promote practical conservation through voluntary action for the benefit of wildlife and the community.
  • To promote the Park as a place for quiet, informal enjoyment, recreation and study.
  • To organise the occasional event for the enjoyment of local Park users.
  • To work alongside the London Borough of Waltham Forest and its officers to meet the above aims.

Our Activities

  • Tree planting after care; 400+ newly-planted trees have needed watering, weeding and mulching. They will also need pruning. 
  • Wildflower meadow maintenance; re-seeding, weeding out the brambles, nettles and bindweed from the patch. 
  • Shrub and bulb planting; spring 2021 will see new plants added to the bed by the Cheney Row entrance. 
  • Litter picking and tidy ups; addressing fly-tipping and accumulated debris that has made its way into the undergrowth.
  • Bird and bat nesting boxes; on the to-do list.
  • Fundraising and accessing grants for the benefit of the Park.
  • Providing information about the Park, its trees & plants, and its history.
  • Socialise with immediate neighbours over cups of tea and biscuits in the great out doors.