The Russia Docks Woodlands is part of the wonderful Nature Reserve which has been created on the site of the former Surrey Commercial Docks. It is alongside the Stave Hill Ecology Parkand together they offer over 40 acres of peace and quiet, teeming with wildlife, across the water from Canary Wharf Business Centre and only 5 miles from Trafalgar Square.
The outline of Russia Docks can still be seen on the ground – the quayside, rails for the cranes, and bollards for tying up the ships.
The surrounding woods are quiet and peaceful, with easy paths for walking and wandering.
Woollon House is a small block of flats on one side of Sidney Square in Tower Hamlets. The Square was developed in the 1820s and the central garden was bought by the LCC in 1904 and opened to the public in 1904. Currently local residents are working to restore the gardens. Behind Woollon House is a rectangular garden which stretches the length of the block and which has been created by a dedicated and determined lady for the benefit of the residents. This unexpectedly peaceful garden is just a few minutes’ walk from the busy Commercial Road and it will be open on Sunday 18 June during Open Garden Squares Weekend.
The Shed is the nerve centre of the Stave Hill Ecology Park – the headquarters of an extremely capable lady who could probably run the country but instead works in the beautiful woodlands and nature reserve which have been developed in the former Surrey Commercial Docks in South East London.The Shed and surrounding Park are just a five-minute walk away from Lavender Pond. I visited The Shed last yearand posted full details about how to find it.