New Trees on Christchurch Green


Wanstead will have a little more foliage come summer thanks to the 10 new trees that have just been planted on Christchurch Green. We received matched funding from Redbridge Council to plant the new trees which brings the total number of trees donated by the Wanstead Society to 45 since 2000.


You may have already noticed some new trees that were planted at the Snaresbrook end of the High Street in late 2009; these include silver birches, London planes and a Turkish hazel.  Again, Redbridge Council kindly matched our contribution pound for pound. 

The new Christchurch Green trees are from a variety of species including sweet chestnut, black walnut, pride of India, foxglove, an Indian bean tree, a couple of tulip trees and a variety of limes. Keep an eye out for these newcomers and their fetching plaques next time you take a stroll across the green.

Calling all Wanstead Artists

How many talented artists are hidden away in their homes around Wanstead? We hope to find out this year with Wanstead's very own Art Trail which is to be organised in conjunction with the Wanstead Society.

The trail will be launched to coincide with the Wanstead Festival on Sunday 19th September and will run until the end of the following Sunday. All variety of  shops and businesses around the High Street will be displaying and selling art from local artists.

If you are an enthusiastic local artist and would like to participate in the Art Trail we would love to hear from you. For further details, please contact Katriye Ibrahim on 07711 981314.

Ready and waiting – new bulbs planted

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The council have been kind enough to re-plant the High Street flower beds but it will take some time for the new shrubs to fill out which leaves quite a lot of bare soil in the meantime. 

So the Wanstead Society guerrilla gardeners have got on the case once again; in the spring, the beds outside Wanstead Pharmacy and the greengrocers should be sporting red and white tulips, miniature daffodils and early species crocuses. The larger bed outside the Co-op should sprout mini daffodils and crocuses in time. 

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This is something of an experiment; we have to see what gets trodden on, picked or generally mangled and what survives and where.  A busy High Street by its nature is not necessarily a plant friendly place but we’re hoping for the best.

Watch this space… The bulbs have been planted and are ready and waiting.

Wanstead Treasure Hunt – Friday 27th November

Christmas Lights To get us in the mood for the forthcoming winter festivities and to celebrate the switching on of the High Street christmas lights, Living Streets, The Wanstead Business Partnership and Redbridge Council will be hosting a treasure hunt this Friday 27th November. 

The hunt will run from 3.30pm to 6pm and all are welcome to participate and get in the festive spirit.  Collect a map from one of the participating shops, follow the clues and you may just discover a treasure or two.  You can pick up your map from Bike Trax, One Deko, Rio, Nice Croissant, The Orange Tree, Picture Perfect Gallery, The Larder, Blush Temples, Heads N Tails, Wanstead Domestic Appliances, Horsfall & Wright, Knock Down Ginger and Lillies of Wanstead. 

For more information on Friday's activities, which include carol singing and a prize draw, click here.

High Street flower beds to get a makeover

Flowerbeds AIB - 08112009 001 You may have noticed these two raised flower beds outside the Allied Irish Bank, they've been looking rather sad for some time and were due for a refit by the council in October. 

But they won't be looking sad for much longer.  An eagle-eyed Wanstead Society member noticed some beautifully planted raised flower beds in Orford Road, Walthamstow; it seems that the street flower beds have been taken over by the community and there are plant people there who really know their stuff.

So that gave us an idea, we think we can do something similar and make a really good job of it.  The council are quite happy for the Wanstead Society to take over those two beds and have cancelled the proposed planting of shrubs.  We'll be getting a working party together to get rid of some dead and tired looking shrubs, liven up the compost and plant a selection of really interesting stuff with shape and foliage colour.  Watch this space for dates, volunteers are always welcome to muck in.