Adopt a site 

Supporting Lee Valley Regional Park for wildlife, heritage and people.

Lee Valley Regional Park is 26 miles of award winning open spaces and sports venues set in a 10,000 acre park and was created by a unique Act of Parliament as a “green lung” for London, Essex and Hertfordshire in 1967. Our approach is to be community focused and commercially driven, to work with partners to produce a unique combination of activities, sights and experiences.

Contact us

Paul Roper 

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Myddelton House

Bulls Cross

Enfield

Middlesex

EN2 9HG

proper@leevalleypark.org.uk

About the scheme

Scheme benefits 

Site and species available in the scheme

Adoption packages

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More about the scheme

The Authority’s scheme allows us to work with more partners in a range of new and exciting ways. This scheme will give partners the opportunity to own, shape and be a great part of what we do in looking after the parklands. We have created this new opportunity to support one of our open spaces or one of our biodiversity species thereby contributing towards many of our objectives. Adoption will support exciting projects such as creating new bird hides, bringing people back to nature, or experiencing nature for the first time, planting trees, making miles of pathways accessible to wheelchair users or planting sensory trails. 

 

The benefits of green space has been proven to have immeasurable benefits for people’s wellbeing, the economy and ecosystem services as well as providing valuable habitat for wildlife. These important places provide a release from the day-to-day city life of London where people can escape and feel free alongside nature amongst the backdrop of one of the busiest cities in the world. We know that our corporate adoption opportunities will encourage companies to get involved, support our work and make these spaces even more enjoyable.

 

Adoption allows you to pick your favourite location or species – truly supporting the environment for people and nature. We are offering adoption packages to corporate partners that are proud to give back to the environment and support and enhance our work in providing this valuable green space for the people and wildlife of London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

 

You can pick one of the sites listed or adopt one of our Biodiversity Action Plan species  -  Bittern, Otter, Water Vole, Kingfisher, Bats (all species), Orchids, Creeping Marshwort or Barbel.

 

We have lots of great projects that you can call yours.

 

Check out the available locations on our map.

 
Scheme costs 

If you think this is something that appeals to you and your organisation, please get in touch and we can tell you all about how it will work for you and align the best possible package to suit your needs and objectives. You will be amazed just how much you can achieve from one of our many options for adoption packages and just how affordable this is.

 

Adoption starts from:

  • £1,000 per species per annum

  • £5,000 per site per annum

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Scheme benefits

 

  • You will be the proud supporter of a wonderful open space site or species – or both!

  • Expect to have a prominent display showing your connection with the site that will be visible to 1,000’s of visitors to each of our sites on a daily basis

  • You will receive two team building/Community/Volunteering/site hire days run for up to 50 staff each session where you can take part in projects such as habitat improvements, clean up sessions, wildlife enhancements, or maintenance projects in a fun and friendly environment whilst achieving a hugely fulfilling range of tasks. Up to three guided walks per year with the site ranger or a local expert tailored to suit your needs from an introduction to nature to a specific flora fauna based visit.

  • Recognition on www.leevalleypark.org.uk web site.

  • Regular updates on how your site / species are doing

  • Exclusive use of part of the site for two days of the year for a private company event such as corporate picnics, sports day, it’s a knockout type events, company seminars or just a great opportunity to get together with your staff to show how you value them.

 

There are also many extras we can provide (additional fee payable) at many of the sites and you can negotiate a package that suits your company these could include:

  • Tours of the site tailored to suit your needs by a friendly, informative and entertaining guide 

  • Team Building games such as Scavenger Hunt, Human Knot, The Mine Field, or the Egg Drop

  • Use of meeting rooms at some sites

  • Food and Beverage – buffet/BBQ to sit down meals

  • Specific events can also be arranged

 

Many of our sites have varying levels of visitors – we have graded then as visitor numbers high, medium and low and this roughly equates to:

  • High – 55,000+ visitors per year

  • Medium – 20,000 to 50,000 visitors per year

  • Low – under 20,000 visitors per year

Sites and species

 

Cheshunt Marsh

Site

Areas of grassland and meadows are important and uncommon habitats in the Lee Valley and Turnford and Cheshunt Marsh is one of our specialist sites for this important habitat.

Fishers Green

Site

This is site boasts a diverse mix of habitats and flora and fauna and is a wildlife watchers haven.

Hooks Marsh and Hall Marsh Scrape

Site

This site consists of open water and a shallow scrape with grazing water meadows.

Nazeing Meads

Site

A large site with a country park feel consisting of two large lagoons, wildflower meadows, woodlands and various habitats.

Rye House Gatehouse

Site

Rye House Gatehouse is one of the first brick built houses in the country and this was a structure that projected power, prestige and wealth.

Stanstead Innings

Site

The site was once a gravel extraction site, but now the machines are gone the pits are flooded and a host of birds have made the area their home.

WaterWorks Centre nature reserves

Site

Previously known as the Essex Filter Beds, over 150 years ago it began supplying the surrounding boroughs with much needed clean water.

Bittern

Species

Bittern are a secretive bird that live in reedbeds and are a very special species in the Lee Valley.

Kingfisher

Species

The Kingfisher is an expert fisherman that catches its food with spectacular dives from perches such as tree branches above the water.

Cornmill Meadows and Tree Park

Site

One of the best examples of semi-natural floodplain grassland remaining in Lee Valley Regional Park, its mosaic of rivers, ditches and pools makes it a fantastic place to see a variety of wildlife throughout the year.

Glen Faba

Site

Glen Faba is an area of open water, grassland and reedbed which is a very important wildlife site in the Lee Valley.

Middlesex Filterbeds

Site

This old industrial site is now a haven for wildlife. Originally built by the East London Water Works Company it demonstrates how previous industrial areas can become valuable habitats for wildlife.

Pindar, Cheshunt Country Walk and North Met Pit

Site

This site is an important gateway from Cheshunt train station and YHA London Lee Valley with many visitors entering the park at this location.

Sewardstone Marshes and Patty Pool Mead

Site

Sewardstone Marsh is a rarity in modern Britain – a wetland habitat where you can enjoy discovering thriving populations of animals and plants.

Tottenham Marshes

Site

Tottenham Marshes has been used by Londoners for over 100 years but now nature has been given priority.

Barbel

Species

Barbel is a bottom dwelling fish closely associated with stretches of clean gravel and weed beds.

Creeping Marshwort

Species

This low-growing perennial plant which flowers in July, was discovered on Walthamstow Marshes in 2002.

Otter

Species

As a ‘top predator’ the Otter is naturally scarce and also highly sensitive to the health of the whole ecosystem that supports it.

East India Dock Basin

Site

Adoption of this site is currently under negotiation - check out the other sites and species avaialable.

Gunpowder Park

Site

This site used to be closed to the public as it was a munitions testing area run by the Ministry of Defence.

Myddelton House Gardens

Site

The beautiful eight acres of Myddelton House Gardens tells the story of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists.

Rammey Marsh

Site

This important wildlife haven is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. Bat, Water Vole and orchid are amongst the attractions at Rammey Marsh.

Silvermeade

Site

Silvermeade is a mosaic of wet meadows supporting a wide variety of plants and is one of the few remaining ancient flood meadows left in the Lee Valley.

Walthamstow Marshes

Site

Walthamstow Marshes nature reserve is one of the few remaining pieces of London’s once widespread river valley grasslands, and a space to treasure.

Bats

Species

Seven species of bat are listed as UK Priority Species of which three are found in the park.

Early Marsh Orchid

Species

The Early Marsh Orchid is a plant of wet or damp habitats on calcareous or neutral soils.

Water Vole

Species

It’s a familiar and well-liked species and has undergone a dramatic decline in numbers since the 1990s with the fragmentation of its habitat there’s great concern for this former widespread species.

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