Nature reserves and open spaces

Nature reserves & open spaces

When you want to escape from all the hustle and bustle, to de-stress and relax in quiet natural places, Lee Valley is right here, on your doorstep.

Just take your pick of fabulous family days out – quiet walks and cycling, wild places and nature reserves, great big spaces to run and let off steam… And if you’re a seasoned nature watcher you’ll also find plenty to delight and surprise you in Lee Valley’s astonishingly rich and varied habitats.


Pay once and park for a whole year for 14p a day at six car parks in and around River Lee Country Park.

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Ash Die-back

Image courtesy of Fera

You may have heard about Ash Die-back, which is caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea.

At Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, we conduct regular tree audits as part of best practice in tree management and we are vigilant for the signs of the disease.

Visitors should report signs of Ash Die-back disease to the Forestry Commission by ringing the Chalara helpline on 08459 33 55 77 (08:00-18:00 every day) or email:

The Forestry Commission website contains essential information that will help in identifying the disease including a video and images.

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