Banish winter gloom! Coach trip to two great gardens

Coach trip to Cambridge Botanic Garden and Benington Lordship

Saturday 22 February - £29 for adults; £20 for under-16s 

Join an all-day trip to one of the most renowned snowdrop gardens in the South East. Benington Lordship is famous for its spectacular display of naturalised snowdrops around the remains of the Norman keep and surrounding moat.  The snowdrop walk is augmented by a display of rare and unusual snowdrops.  There’s a small café in the grounds and the garden is fully wheelchair accessible.  And it happens to be on the way to ……

Cambridge Botanic Garden is home to a 40-year-old winter garden – a garden that helped set the agenda for others around the country.  It has all the ingredients of a well established display from colourful Cornus and Salix to hellebores and fragrant winter flowering shrubs.  CBG also has hot houses, is home to collections of tropical and equatorial plants, and is ideal as a refuge in cold weather. There’s plenty to see including drifts of summer plants now showing their winter interest.  There’s a fully fledged restaurant serving lunch as well as snacks and, of course, the inevitable shop.  Most of the CBG is accessible to wheelchairs with the exception of some heritage features. 

To book your place, send an email to the Friends of Waterlow Park at info@waterlowpark.org.uk


Plant a commemorative rose in the park

Sponsor a new rose in the rose garden 

We have space for three new commemorative roses in the David Austin fragrant English rose garden [just west of the middle pond]. Some older mildew-prone non-commemorative roses will be removed and the planting soil replaced.
New roses should be:

• selected from David Austin’s English Shrub Rose collection

• be fragrant & between 3 and 4.5 feet tall

• described as robust or vigorous

• bare root

 (04/04/2019) Rosa 'Gabriel Oak' added by Shoot) (18/04/2018) Rosa 'Emily Bronte' added by Shoot) (17/07/2017) Rosa 'Dame Judi Dench' added by Shoot)

Some recent David Austin introductions not in the bed....[see pictures above] Gabriel Oak - 4’ deep pink with a strong fruity fragrance.  Dame Judi Dench – 3’5” rich apricot blooms and a light tea scent  Emily Bronte – 4’ pinky apricot blooms with a strong tea scent with hints of lemon & grapefruit. 

You are welcome to join one of the team to assist with the planting before the end of March. Roses seem to cost between £18 and £21.50 plus delivery.

For more information contact : April on 07803 024 778 or Patricia on 07710 312 105

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Barbecue consultation - make your views known now!

A working party has been set up by the Park Trust Advisory Group to look again at the issues raised by allowing people to have barbecues in Waterlow Park and to make recommendations for the future.  Please send in your views as soon as possible through the Highgate Society/TAG website [click here].  Deadline for comments 3 January 2020.

Petanque pitch is open for play!

Petanque pitch open for play

After almost three years of discussion and consultation, a pétanque or boules pitch has been built below the tennis courts [see picture on the Twitter feed below].

The two pitches are free to use. Bring your own boules set or ask to borrow the set which is being kept in the café at Lauderdale House. Our local expert, Brian Haddon, will be on hand every Tuesday at 11.00 and 2.00 for the next few weeks to tutor people not already familiar with the sport.   


Barbecues in the Park - new zones introduced

Two barbecue zones in the south and west of the park

Camden Council allows barbecues in Waterlow Park but there are now restrictions on which area you can use - coloured purple on the map [click here].  There is information displayed on noticeboards and clear guidelines about using barbecues.  The main points to remember are

  • Use BBQs safely and responsibly - not disposable ones which burn the grass! The barbecue should be raised off the ground.
  • Be considerate to other people using the park or living nearby
  • Take care not to damage the environment
  • Dispose of all litter properly and recycle your rubbish where possible or take it home!
  • Keep children, pets, games and sports well away from the BBQ
  • Take some water to put out the BBQ
  • More information about the guidelines can be found here. Remember that you need permission to hold large events (over 20 people)

Thank you and enjoy the Park! 

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Friends of Waterlow Park at the Highgate Fair - June 2019


Friends of Waterlow Park set up their regular stall at the June Highgate Fair in the Square displaying new banners and more information on the Friends' activities.  FoWP now has a reusable cup for sale too [see picture and contact us for more information].

A successful sale of plants on the same day will help to support planting by FoWP in the park over the coming year.



Wild flowers on the mound


This year the Friends - with the Conservation Volunteers, the idverde gardening team and the generosity of a local resident - have completed turfing of the Mound by the side of Lauderdale House with ‘nature improved wildflowers’. The turf is seeded with 33 native wildflowers and grasses (just two of the latter) and up to 19 non- native flowers which have long been naturalised in the UK. This has made the Mound more of a feature and will also be beneficial to wildlife.



The Mound July 2019

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Relax your body and mind and help the Park! QiGong starts 4 June .....

QiGong instructor Dr Sue Tatum is starting classses at LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, on Tuesdays 9.30 - 10.30.  This is an NHS-recommended exercise routine for all.

Pay as you go: £4 [concessions £3].  Proceeds will go to the Park and LUX.  

No booking required - more information from LUX on 0203 141 2960

For further details click here

Our Memorial Benches Brought To Life

Waterlow Park: The Stories Behind The Memorial Benches

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Waterlow Park: The Film!

See all the action at the successful 2016 Lark in the Park in News and Events

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