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Press Office

Our media centre provides the latest news and information from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, including news releases, statements, imagery and supporting content for journalists.

If you are a journalist and would like to speak to a member of our press team regarding Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, our legacy, community engagement and environmental work or our open spaces, campsites, gardens or heritage sites please contact us.

For information about our sports and leisure venues please contact the Better press team.

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If you would like to film at one of our open spaces or nature reserves please contact our film management company Film Fixer.  

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News releases

A police officer, LVRPA member of staff and Goffs Academy staff member stood outside Goffs Academy holding a life ring

21 May 2024

10,000 young people in Hertfordshire and Essex have received life-saving water safety information

This year students in Hertfordshire and Essex have taken part in interactive water safety assemblies delivered by the Robbie Lea Water Safety Partnership.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority with the Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Grace Williams stood at edge of ice rink at Lee Valley Ice Centre

22 March 2024

Nine months of community impact celebrated at Lee Valley Ice Centre

Lee Valley Ice Centre today welcomed hundreds of school children and community figures to mark nine remarkable months of community impact since the opening of this stunning new leisure venue in Leyton.

Group of Morris dancers performing on grass area

15 January 2024

Over 250 came for a traditional Wassail at Waltham Abbey Gardens

The warmth of community spirt and joy could be felt by all at Saturday’s Wassailing event at Waltham Abbey Gardens.

Two female cyclists, smiling and enjoying their bike ride in the sunshine

17 April 2024

Lee Valley announces £120,000 for community development

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is increasing its support for community groups and schools with £120,000 for communities across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Man with bike exiting Lee Valley VeloPark

7 March 2024

Lee Valley VeloPark announces cutting edge gym with over half a million pound investment

During the ten year anniversary of the opening of Lee Valley VeloPark, new investment in the venue has been announced

Snowdrops with white flowers covering area of woodland floor

15 November 2023

Myddelton House Gardens Welcomes Back The Ultimate Snowdrop Sale

Hundreds of collectors set to descend on Enfield for popular event.

Group of children on BMX bikes wearing helmets riding the BMX circuit at Lee Valley VeloPark

4 April 2024

Lee Valley marks a decade of cycling legacy

It’s been 10 years since Lee Valley VeloPark opened its doors to the public following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Bittern in flight

29 January 2024

Lee Valley’s Bittern Roost Watch returns

Inviting wildlife enthusiasts to join the Bittern Roost Watch in River Lee Country Park on Sunday 4 February.

Framed award certificates displayed on a table

29 September 2023

Lee Valley Regional Park scoops eight London in Bloom Gold

Eight sites across Lee Valley Regional Park have been awarded the highest Gold accolade from the prestigious London in Bloom Awards for 2023.

Media coverage

Injured Service men riding adapted bikes on Lee Valley VeloPark's Road Circuit

VeloPark celebrates 10th anniversary with open day

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4 April 2024

Lee Valley VeloPark is inviting the publi to its 10th anniversary celebration, with the open day promising family cycling, fitness activities and fun for all at heavily discounted prices on Saturday (April 6). Read article >

Long shot of the inside of Lee Valley VeloPark's velodrome showing the track and infield in use

Shaun Dawson: London's VeloPark is keeping the Olympics legacy promise

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9 March 2024

A decade since 2021 Games park re-opened for public use, one of its most celebrated venues is keeping the flame burning. Almost ten years ago, on 14 March 2014, a sell-out crowd of 6,000 people filled the Lee Valley VeloPark for the first time since London 2012, marking its debut as an Olympics legacy venue. Read article >

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Water babies!

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Woman & Home Feel Good You

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1 April 2024

Barbara Stewart, a chartered accountant from Hertford, kayaks on white-water rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre 'White-water kayaking keeps me fit and focused' 

Close up image of a child looking intently at a bloom of snowdrops

London's going snowdrop crazy this month - here's where to see them

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12 January 2024

Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield has a reputation for its snowdrops, which usually start emerging in mid-January. Head to the Alpine Meadow area to marvel at a carpet of snowdrops and crocuses, swiftly followed by daffodils as the temperature rises. Read article >

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First fully electric ice centre in the UK

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sb magazine

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1 January 2024

The Lee Valley Ice Centre in east London aims to become a community focal point. Its mission is to boost sports engagement and participation, provide opportunity, enhance fitness and wellbeing, and connect people with nature and green space in the surrounding area.

Water in the river with narrowboats and buildings

Walking London’s unsung waterway: the River Lea rises again

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3 April 2024

Walking a 26-mile stretch from Hertfordshire, our writer witnesses how a neglected artery of the city has been transformed into a recreational and cultural hub. Read article >

Shaun Dawson stood on the ice at Lee Valley Ice Rink

Shaun Dawson: 26 Years and Counting

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S&PA Professional

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1 February 2024

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, led by CEO Shaun Dawson, played a huge role in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Dean Gurden met the man who remains at the helm today.

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