Using GoParks London

GoParks London lets you discover 1000s of parks around London, and find the people and groups connected to them.

Contacting Us

You can email us direct: goparks@cprelondon.org.uk

GoParksLondon is a partnership project managed by CPRE London from their office at 70 Cowcross Street, London. Email: laura@cprelondon.org.uk

You can Tweet us @GoParksLondon.

How can I find out more about the history of parks in London?

Please see the London Gardens Trust (LGT) historical links on each of the individual park pages. Alternatively, visit the LGT inventory of parks on their website: https://londongardenstrust.org/conservation/inventory/

How can I find out more about the nature and wildlife of parks in London?

Please see the GiGL nature and wildlife links on each of the individual park pages. Alternatively, visit their website: https://www.gigl.org.uk/

Searching?

For individual parks, use the search box to filter by park name, postcode or address.

Go to the interactive map page [https://www.goparks.london/map] where you can move about the map and zoom in on any chosen area.

At the bottom of our web pages you will find a series of shortcut links . Clicking on the "Boroughs" link [https://www.goparks.london/boroughs] opens an alternative map showing all London boroughs. Choosing one of these opens another interactive map showing the local authority boundary and the greenspaces in that borough. There is also a list of all the parks and green spaces in that borough registered on our site.

What can I do on GoParksLondon?

Here are our top 5 things you can do on GoParksLondon website:

  1. Find your local park and go visit it
  2. Find a local group and join them
  3. Find volunteering opportunities to help maintain and support your local parks
  4. Find local parks near where you work and spend lunchtime there
  5. Discover what features and facilities listed parks offer

Using the Map and Understanding Parks

At the heart of Go Parks London is a map of 1000s of parks and open spaces that you can visit in and around London. Every park has its own page where you can find out about its people, sports, activities, nature, wildlife, landscape.

I am from the park. How can I update the description?

We are working on making this easier, but for now please use the Feedback button which you will find at the bottom of each park page.

I want to add a park description to the map but there is no friends group. What should I do? Who is allowed to add?

Please use the Feedback button which you will find at the bottom of each park page.

Alternatively, have you considered setting-up a friends group? Contact http://www.lfgn.org.uk/ to double check no group already exists and for guidance and support on establishing a new group.

The layout of things inside the park is wrong. Why is that?

The layout of the park displayed in the mini map comes from Open Street Map https://www.openstreetmap.org/.

To change what is displayed within the mini map and in all applications which use Open Street Map you can edit the details via Open Street Map processes. See Open Street Map Beginners Guide for a starting point

As an interim solution if you register your park friends group details you can provide an image of a park map or notice that we can display. Press the “This is my Park” button on the page for the park and register details and we will be in touch.

The outline of my park is missing

Please first check whether the park meets the criteria for inclusion.

If you think it should be included according to the criteria then we are happy to investigate it. Please use the Feedback button at the bottom of the park page to let us know.

The outline of my park is wrong

If the orange outline around a park you know is not what you are expecting it may be due to a number of reasons.

It may be because some part of the park falls outside the criteria for inclusion in our map. Only those parts of the park which meet the criteria will be outlined.

If you think it should be included according to the criteria, then we are happy to investigate it. Please use the Feedback button at the bottom of the park page to let us know.

There is something wrong in the description of a park. How can I leave a comment?

Please use the feedback button on the park page.

What are the criteria for including parks or not?

More than 12,500 open spaces across London are detailed in a database managed by GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC, the capital’s Environmental Records Centre, www.gigl.org.uk).

Over 4,500 of these spaces are published as an open licence dataset on the London Datastore. This dataset includes spaces known to be protected in Local Plans for their public role, plus other spaces providing a public destination. Find full details and metadata here: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/gigl-openspace-subset.

Most of these spaces are the parks and open spaces we want to highlight and celebrate on the GoParksLondon map. Currently around 4,000 of these spaces are drawn on the map. All are shown in bright green. Hover any of them to see their name. Click any of them to get more information.

The GoParksLondon map therefore highlights accessible spaces considered to be Amenity Green Spaces, Nature Reserves, City Farms, Parks (ie traditional parks such as Hyde Park or Burgess Park), Commons, Public Woodland, Community Gardens, Recreation Grounds Country Parks, Village Greens, Formal Gardens, Adventure Playgrounds, Play Spaces, Youth Areas, Cemeteries (including the ‘Magnificent Seven’) and Churchyards, Rivers, Canals and Allotments, as these are places people visit for their history and nature, or spaces provided to the public as a destination for leisure, activities and community engagement. The vast majority of the parks we feature are free to access, though some features like tennis courts might incur charges. We also add spaces on an ad hoc basis that do not fit the above description but have a friends group.

Our map does not highlight spaces where access is restricted, for example, it can only be accessed by local residents (such as garden squares in Belgravia), or where you have to be a member to gain access, such as golf clubs or the Hurlingham Club. Though some of these sites are open to the public as part of the London Gardens Trust Open Garden Squares Weekend, they are closed to the general public the vast majority of the time. GiGL are reviewing and refining how restricted access is recorded in the open space database over coming months and the GoParksLondon map will reflect updates as they emerge.

What counts as a park?

At GoParksLondon we use the word ‘park’ as shorthand for green open spaces open to the public to visit and make use of.

See more about which spaces we include in the question about critieria.

What do the orange outlines mean?

All green spaces on the map are clickable and will display extra details.

solid orange outline means the park meets the criteria for inclusion and has been registered by its friends group. When you click on it, you will find interesting local knowledge and links for that specific park and the friends group.

solid red outline is shown on mobile phones when you touch and hold a park. The name and brief description will be displayed under the map.

Why are some parks circled in orange and have additional info, while others don’t?

We display a ‘base map’ based on Open Street Map (https://www.openstreetmap.org/) to help with navigation. We then highlight our featured ‘parks’ with orange boundaries.

Originally, featured parks were "drawn" based on Ordnance Survey Green Space open dataset, which was then matched-up with GiGL’s Iopen space database, see FAQ 3. This process enabled us to map many spaces, but did result in some mismatches of boundaries or missing sites. Most of these have been identified and updated but some may remain.

Since spring 2020 we have moved to direct mapping of GiGL’s open space data sub-set (beta version), which better aligns our mapped boundaries and includes more detailed imagery, and more parks.

If you spot something odd or you have a suggestion for an update of a highlighted park, please refer to: 'the layout of my park is wrong'.

If you spot something you think needs updating on Open Street Map see our answer to this question for how you can help.

Tell me About Friends Groups

Friends groups are people who give their time, energy and skills to make parks and public spaces better. They may celebrate its heritage or culture, help local authorities look after the site, fundraise for improvements, run events and activities, or campaign to protect places and communities.

How do I find out if a park has a friends group?

Not all of the listings on the GoParksLondon Big Green London Map include friends of groups.

This may be because they have not yet registered or are in the process of being registered.

LFGN has a comprehensive list of friends groups and should be able to help, contact LFGN through their website: http://www.lfgn.org.uk/

If you cannot find a friends group, why not consider starting one? LFGN can help and support you through the process - http://www.lfgn.org.uk/ .

How do I get our park on GoParksLondon?

Please see the reasons why a park may not be included in the map.

How do I join a Friends Group?

To join a Friends group, either:

  • contact them directly through their park entry page.
  • contact LFGN for guidance through their webpages - http://www.lfgn.org.uk/

How do I set up a Friends Group?

Please contact the London Friends of Green spaces Network - http://www.lfgn.org.uk/

What is a friends group?

Friends groups are established by people who care about their local park, but are not employed to maintain or work in it. Sometimes, they may be involved with more than one park or green spaces.

At its most basic, a friends group is a voluntary social group of like-minded people.

What friends groups do varies depending on the abilities and skills of those in the group.

Some are very active in the day-to-day runnning and maintenance of a site (in partnership with the park owner and managers).

Others organise events and raise funds for extra park resources falling outside of the budgets of the park owners/managers.

A few may simply meet socially in their local park or might be interested in its history or wildlife.

Providing park information and understanding where it comes from

Park information displayed comes from a number of sources, but we are very interested in hearing from you if you have any comments.

Can I post campaign material on my page or include links to political pages?

While we understand many groups undertake campaigning, please note that our terms of reference do not allow us to host campaigning material. If your group is political or campaigning in nature and you are interested in joining, please contact Laura@cprelondon.org.uk to discuss your registration.

The park name displayed is different from that by which it is known

The park name displayed is the name by which GiGL know the site in their official records.

If a group submits details for a park and provide a different name, then GiGL will review and consider whether their records should be updated to use that new name. If so, the displayed park name will be updated.

GiGL release any updated names approximately once every 3 months.

If you are not a member of the group who submitted the park details, please use the feedback link at the bottom of the park page to let us know about the different name and we will look into it.

Where does GoParksLondon funding come from?

The City Bridge Trust granted us funding for our initial three-year set-up and we've received some additional funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

We are exploring future funding opportunities.

Using the information and photos found on GoParks London

Much of the information and data within Go Parks London is provided so that you can re-use it to promote parks and activities around London.

Can I use the information here in my own projects?

All data supplied by Friends Groups is added as creative commons.

External links supplied by GiGL (on the individual park pages) comprising GiGL park and open space content and associated images are © 2020 GiGL CIC, all rights reserved.

External links supplied by LGT (on the individual park pages) featuring content and associated images cannot be used or replicated without express permission by LGT, all rights reserved.

All other park and open space information is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Please credit the name of the creator of the original work (ie. Friends Group) and GoParksLondon as the source, e.g.

Credit: Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust via GoParksLondon

Can I use the photos that I see on GoParksLondon?

Yes you may.

Please credit the name of the creator of the original work (ie. friends group) and GoParks.London as the source, e.g.

Credit: Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust via GoParksLondon

See the answer on usage rights for more details.

Please do not include the photos directly from this site, but download and host your own copy of the photo.

Please contact us if you intend to use a large number of photos.

The views expressed in the social media feeds we link to from GoParksLondon are solely those of the authors and we cannot be held responsible for the views expressed in those feeds. However if you have any concerns about any social media feeds which we link to please contact us via Contact Us on About.

Mapped spaces are based on data published by Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL), 2020. Contains public sector information licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0. See About. | GiGL park and open space content and associated images are ©2020 GiGL CIC, all rights reserved.   |  All other park and open space information is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License   |  CPRE London, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ | Charity number 802622