West Hackney Recreation Ground

West Hackney Recreation Ground is a one hectare site owned by St Paul’s Church. The grounds began life as a 19th Century burial ground attached to St Paul’s Church. The church opened in 1823 but was rebuilt in 1960 after being bombed in the Second World War. It’s been an oasis for relaxation, recreation and events in Stoke Newington for years, including its weekly farmers’ market, now a highlight of the local calendar.

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The site received nearly £700,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, following years of campaigning by local groups and residents. The works started in March 2014 and were managed jointly by the church and the Council’s parks department. The West Hackney Parochial Charity, the Marathon Trust and the church also provided funding.

After months of renovation work, the Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe officially reopened the site on 6 September 2014, along with the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney. The improvements  included new pathways, restoration of original routes, new woodland and play features, conservation of the tombstones and headstones, and improvements to the front of the church.


The site is maintained in partnership with the church which has appointed a garden manager and volunteer co-ordinator who will provide activities for the local community, including an extensive planting programme across the site. If you’d like to know more about the volunteering opportunities, please contact Sam Silverlock at sam@stpaulswesthackney.org.


Barbecues are not allowed in West Hackney Recreation Ground.


Dogs should be on leads in West Hackney Recreation Ground at all times. For more information, visit dogs in parks.

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Page updated on: 27 February 2024

West Hackney Recreation Ground


Evering Road
N16 7QA



Closing times:

  • 1 January to 21 January  – 5pm
  • 22 January to 4 February – 5.30pm
  • 5 February to 25 February – 6pm
  • 26 February to 10 March  – 6.30pm
  • 11 March to 24 March – 7pm
  • 25 March to 7 April – 8pm
  • 8 April to 21 April – 8.30pm
  • 22 April to 5 May – 9pm
  • 6 May to 11 August – 9.30pm
  • 12 August to 18 August – 9pm
  • 19 August to 8 September – 8.30pm
  • 9 September to 15 September – 8pm
  • 16 September to 6 October – 7.30pm
  • 7 October to 13 October – 7pm
  • 14 October to 27 October – 6.30pm
  • 28 October to 31 December – 5pm