Fairchild’s Garden

This open space is tucked away near the junction of Hackney Road and Columbia Road in Shoreditch. It’s the last resting place of Thomas Fairchild, a notable horticulturalists who discovered that plants have a sex. The space was officially renamed in 2017 from Hackney Road Recreation Ground to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Thomas Fairchild’s birth. It’s framed by some stunning London plane trees and has a large area of hard standing suitable for events.

Our plans to improve Fairchild’s Garden

We’ve identified funding to transform the garden into a welcoming urban green space. Thank you to everyone who responded to the public consultation on the proposals. We’re currently reviewing the feedback and are updating the design.

Proposed design


  • table tennis table


Barbecues are not allowed in Fairchild’s Garden.


All dogs must be on a lead at all times. More information on dogs in parks.

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Page updated on: 15 July 2019

Fairchild’s Garden


Hackney Road
E2 8ET


Opening times

  • 7.30am
  • Closing times:
  • 1 Jan to 13 Jan: 4.30pm
  • 14 Jan to 27 Jan: 5pm
  • 28 Jan to 10 Feb: 5.30pm
  • 11 Feb to 3 Mar: 6pm
  • 4 Mar to 17 Mar: 6.30pm
  • 18 Mar to 30 Mar: 7pm
  • 31 Mar to 7 Apr: 8pm
  • 8 Apr to 21 Apr: 8.30pm
  • 22 Apr to 12 May: 9pm
  • 13 May to 4 Aug: 9.30pm
  • 5 Aug to 18 Aug: 9pm
  • 19 Aug to 1 Sept: 8.30pm
  • 2 Sept to 15 Sept: 8pm
  • 16 Sept to 29 Sept: 7.30pm
  • 30 Sept to 13 Oct: 7pm
  • 14 Oct to 26 Oct: 6.30pm
  • 27 Oct to 24 Nov: 5pm
  • 25 Nov to 31 Dec: 4.30pm