General information on parks and open spaces - frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • 1. Can I ride my bike in the parks, open spaces, playing fields or children's playgrounds?

    ​Cycling is not permitted at any of our sites, except Larkswood Playing Fields.

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  • 2. Can I walk my dog in the parks, open spaces, playing fields or children's playgrounds?

    ​Different sites will have different arrangements - these are described in the dog control orders.

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  • 3. I am a registered blind person. Can I take my guide dog into a dog-free area?

    ​Yes. Dog owners who are registered blind are exempt from the Act.

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  • 4. How do I book a tennis court?

    ​Tennis courts cannot be booked in advance. Playing tennis is free.

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  • 5. How do I book a sports pitch?

    ​Sports pitches can be booked by contacting:

    Green Space Service
    Environment and Regeneration
    Low Hall
    Argall Avenue
    London
    E10 7AS

    Tel 020 8496 3000
    Email wfdirect@walthamforest.gov.uk

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  • 6. Do you manage Walthamstow Marshes?

    ​No, this site is managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park.

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  • 7. Do you manage Chingford Plains?

    ​No, this site is managed by the City of London.

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  • 8. Do you manage Epping Forest?

    ​No, this site is managed by the City of London.

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  • 9. Do you manage Wanstead Flats?

    ​No, this site is managed by the City of London.

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  • 10. Do you manage Douglas Eyre Playing Fields?

    ​No, this site is managed by the London Playing Fields Foundation

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  • 11. Do you manage the Peter May Centre / Wadham Lodge Sports Ground?

    ​No, this site is managed by the London Playing Fields Foundation.

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  • 12. Do you manage Chingford Cricket Club?

    ​No, this is a privately run club.

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  • 13. Do you manage Leyton County Ground?

    No, this site is managed by the Youth Service.

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  • 14. Can I donate a memorial bench to my park?

    ​Yes, we welcome the donation of memorial benches. We will need to agree the design of the bench so that it is appropriate to the site and the wording of any inscription. For further details, such as the likely cost, please contact:

    Green Space Service
    Environment and Regeneration
    Low Hall
    Argall Avenue
    London
    E10 7AS

    Tel 020 8496 3000
    Email wfdirect@walthamforest.gov.uk

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