Russia Docks Woods

The Russia Docks Woodlands

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 Park and together they offer over 40 acres of peace and quiet, teeming with wildlife, across the water from Canary Wharf Business Centre and…

Woollon House Garden

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…

Stave Hill

The Stave Hill Ecology Park

The Stave Hill Ecology Park (6 acres) and the adjoining Russia Docks Woodlands (36 acres) have been created out of the former Surrey Commercial Docks when the docks closed in the 1970s. This marshy area alongside the Thames has been the site of docks in one form or another from 1696 to 1969. The first dock in…

The Shed in the Stave Hill Ecology Park

The Shed in Stave Hill Ecology Park

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…

Lavender Pond

The Secret Woodland at Lavender Pond

Behind the reeds in front of the Pumphouse at Lavender Pond is another secret pond and a cool woodland area, and you can visit both on Saturday 17 June 2017 during the Open Garden Squares Weekend. This small nature reserve in the former Surrey Commercial Docks is a haven for wildlife – peaceful and quiet…

Lavender Pond Nature Reserve

Lavender Pond Nature Reserve

I visited Lavender Pond last year and posted on the historical origins of this interesting small nature reserve fashioned out of the remains of part of the Surrey Commercial Docks. The Pond was originally much bigger and used for floating logs to keep them from splitting. ‘In 1928 the entrance to the pond was blocked…