Council buildings are closed to the public. Read the latest information about coronavirus and its impact on services.

Coronavirus – parks

Our parks remain open, but outdoor gyms, water fountains, play areas and multi-use games areas are now closed. People using the parks to exercise must stay two metres apart and not gather in groups. We are arranging for prominent signs about social distancing in parks.

Please see each park’s page for updates about the availability of facilities.

Volunteering in parks

Getting involved in your local green space is a great way to get out, get some exercise and meet new people. There’s a whole range of projects taking place in Hackney’s parks that you can get involved in, such as food-growing, physical activities, gardening, and nature sessions.

Regular opportunities

Abney Park

Every Thursday 10am – 2pm

Join us for our regular Thursday community volunteering days. Meet at the South Lodge by the gates on Stoke Newington High Street at 9.30am for a cup of tea and then join us in our work conserving and improving the landscape at Abney Park. Activities include:

  • gardening near the main entrance
  • building new paths out in the Park
  • clearing unwanted plants from front-row graves and sowing wild flower seed

We welcome everyone but please email before volunteering for the first time.

Find out more about the wide range of volunteering opportunities at Abney Park, from gardening and helping at events to researching the people buried in the park, by emailing us.

Allen’s Gardens, Clissold Park and Springfield Park

Get involved in organic growing with social enterprise, Growing Communities:

Please turn up at 10am the first time you come along.

Robin Hood Community Garden

Weekly gardening sessions and work days in the award winning Robin Hood Community Garden, Sundays, 1pm-4pm.

Tree Musketeers

The Tree Musketeers are volunteers who plant, protect and help preserve trees in Hackney. They provide tree care and watering sessions as well as guided walks in a number of Hackney’s parks. The Tree Musketeers run regular volunteer sessions at the tree nursery and edible forest garden. Anyone is free to turn up at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 10am-3pm
  • Friday, 10am-3pm
The Tree Musketeers also run regular tree planting sessions.

Other opportunities

London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust is looking for practical wildlife volunteers, community outreach volunteers and a volunteer education assistant at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney.

User groups

There are a number of active park user groups in Hackney. These groups contribute significantly to parks and green spaces in Hackney through the voluntary activity of members who feel strongly about the care and improvement of Hackney’s green spaces.

Corporate volunteering

We sometimes host corporate volunteering events in our parks. If you’re interested in hosting one, please contact

Page updated on: 9 December 2019

Parks and Green Spaces


Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm