Greenwich Ecology Park is set within the Millenium Village development and along the Thames Walk, close to the O2. It is a 4-acre site, made up of 2 lakes, marshland, and is home to a wide range of birds and wildlife.
The park houses two specially designed bird hides to enable the best chance of spotting the range of birds that visit. Opened in 2002, the park is free to enter and runs a variety of events throughout the year to encourage a greater interest in urban ecology.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
A hidden oasis in London, Greenwich Ecology Park is a great place to visit with the kids. It’s fully buggy/wheelchair accessible with a wide wooden walkway that wraps around the site. There are 2 viewing huts where you can look out onto the lakes and see what birds and wildlife you can spot. The huts have folders with info on which birds you could possibly see as well as a board listing the most recently spotted species.
The park often puts on events for children and families throughout the year – pond-dipping and bug-hunting, frog day, etc. There are info/activity sheets when you arrive for the kids to make use of, as well as a couple of small tables with crayons etc.
There’s also an area with a number of willow dens that you can sit (and hide?) in. The main one has also proved to be a good place to breastfeed on one occasion!
It’s a really peaceful site and great for the kids to run around (though not too loudly) whilst taking in the wildlife and surroundings. Easy to forget you’re in London.
There isn’t a café on-site but it’s just a short walk along the river to the O2, and there’s a great pub called The Pilot about 5 mins walk away. If you’re walking along the Thames Walk, coming from the O2, you’ll go past a couple of small play areas en route to the Ecology Park. If you wanted to make a whole day trip in the area, you could also consider getting the Emirates Cable Car from the O2 or a Thames Clipper into London or Greenwich.
Address: Greenwich Ecology Park, Thames Path, John Harrison Way, SE10 0QZ.
Playground: No. Small play areas nearby along the Thames Walk.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, fully wheelchair/buggy accessible.
Parking: Closest parking would be at the O2 – www.theo2.co.uk/visit-us/parking. Better to travel by public transport.
Train: Blackheath or Greenwich and then bus.
Tube: North Greenwich.
DLR: Cutty Sark and then bus.
Bus: 108, 129, 132, 161, 472, 486. Nearest stop is Millenium Village Oval Square.
Phone: 020 8293 1904.
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5.
Review by Philippa Hulse