Monday, July 27, 2009

Newsflash: Claybury Park Transfer Complete

a Claybury Oak TreeCouncillor Nick Hayes reports in the comments section that the transfer of Claybury Park from Crest Nicholson to Redbridge has completed. Whoopie! I might have a pint to celebrate.

We reported last December that Crest Nicholson was in
financial trouble and if it goes into liquidation while the park land is still legally theirs, then the administrators will be entitled to view that land as an asset for sale to pay off creditors.

This set the alarm bells ringing in the Town Hall and prompted some fingers being extracted from dark places.

It means that the withheld Lottery funding for Claybury Woods can now be accessed and the council can begin to work on their strategy for the park, including Natural Play. Over to you Fiona. We might even get some fish in the lake.

We are delighted.


  1. Great news indeed - and heartfelt thanks to all those who have worked so hard to see this through.

  2. about time Claybary pk is going to help make it more pleasant to go over there..hope it will include a tea room and more seats and as you say fish in the lake (it will keep the herons busy) and flowers and pretty shrubes....will keep my fingers crossed and hope I am still alive when this takes place

  3. It's been a long, hard slog but we got there eventually. Congratulations to all involved - and just let me single out Doreen Hewitt for being so tireless in pursuit of this end over the years. I owe you a coffee, D.

  4. I am delighted to hear that Claybury Park is now in Council hands and worries about Crest Nicolson are over. I am grateful to all who have worked to bring about this excellent result. I believe that there is a biological interesting acid area as there is at Hainault, and hope that, if so, it can be carefully conserved and an information leaflet on the geology, plants, fungi and animals there can be developed.

  5. Go on, Ray - show Doreen how free-hearted you are: buy her TWO coffees.

  6. Good News.

    However given Redbridges' not yet implemented fishing policy

    I don't think I will be opening the Fishing Rod Bag in the near future.

    Still there's always the Lea Valley.


  7. Very good news, but where's this "lake" June mentions? I haven't strolled through Claybury Woods, as it used to be called, since some pest built houses across the public right of way that spanned the farmer's field and more recently Ilford County High School playing field. Claybury Woods - an old orchard - covered the hillside leading up to Claybury Mental Hospital. There were boggy bits, but a lake, with or without fishes, no way!

    It's a crying shame that the public footpath across the farmer's field was lost, because it means there is no pedestrian access to the new park from the Barkingside end of Fullwell Avenue. Short-sighted council, allowing those houses to be built across a public right of way. There used to be a rookery there too, on a line of trees where the houses now stand.

    Does anyone else remember the old "Bus Stop Field" before Fullwell Cross Library and that ugly swimming baths were built there? I used to play there as a boy. Meadow grass, trees I climbed, skylarks singing and the buzz of grasshoppers, long before Barkingside became a hell hole full of people who carry guns or knives and can't speak English! That scruffy bingo hall on the corner was a well maintained picture palace. I used to go to Saturday morning pictures there. And at the far end of the High Street there was a smithy! I watched horses being shod there.

    How Barkingside has changed, mainly for the worst!

  8. Coxsoft,
    The lake is adjacent to the western end of Ravensbourne Gardens.

    The correct name for the woods is Hospital Hill Wood and has noting to do with Claybury Hospital. It is a piece of land given to the Hospital Chapel in Ilford Hill long before Claybury Hospital was built.

  9. Great News! For those that want fish in the large pond (it is too small for a lake) the locals have stocked it from day one, mostly goldfish. You will note the local lads trying to fish there and sometimes at the old farm pond which has also been stocked to the demise the local smooth newt population.
    Please note all you fishermen that ponds stocked with fish are counterproductive to providing aquatic biodiversity.
    Margaret mentioned the areas of acid grassland that I am sorry to say are now covered in scrub, the Nature Conservation Team are aware of having being told over a year ago.
    There is a new walk leaflet available from the Nature Conservation team that gives a guided walk to most of the biodiversity points of interest

    Chris Gannaway former LWT Claybury Reserve Warden

  10. There is public access through the Genas estate but it is probably more convenient to use the many entrances in Ravensbourne Gardens or Calne Avenue.