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: 30 June 2022

Fairchild’s Garden


Hackney Road
E2 8ET


Opening times

  • 7.30am
  • Closing times:
  • 1-13 Jan: 4.30pm
  • 14-24 Jan: 5pm
  • 25 Jan-7 Feb: 5.30pm
  • 8-28 Feb: 6pm
  • 1-14 Mar: 6.30pm
  • 15-27 Mar: 7pm
  • 28 Mar-4 Apr: 8pm
  • 5-18 Apr: 8.30pm
  • 19 Apr-9 May: 9pm
  • 9-22 Aug: 9pm
  • 23 Aug-19 Sep: 8pm
  • 4-17 Oct: 7pm
  • 18-30 Oct: 6.30pm
  • 31 Oct-28 Nov: 5pm
  • 29 Nov-31 Dec: 4.30pm