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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.

Filming enquiries

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

People walking through a green field surrounded by hedgerows and trees on a hazy warm day

16 July 2024

Lee Valley Regional Park Awarded Nine Prestigious Green Flag Awards

Nine open spaces, gardens and heritage sites in Lee Valley Regional Park have been recognised as among the best green spaces in the country after retaining a prestigious international award for the 16th year in a row.

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.

A man and a woman emptying a large black bucket of floating pennywort onto a huge pile of the invasive plant already collected

2 July 2024

Volunteer events clear tonnes of invasive killer plant at Lee Valley Marina, Springfield

Lee Valley Marina, Springfield, in Walthamstow has struggled for many years with the impact of floating pennywort. The large mats often make moving boats impossible in the summer months and it costs thousands of pounds each year to manage.

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

The beautiful copper fringe of Lee Valley Ice Centre shimmers in the sun against a clear blue sky.

26 June 2024

Lee Valley Ice Centre wins landscape design award

We’re delighted to announce that Lee Valley Ice Centre has won its first design award! The accolade for Best Landscape was picked up at the Waltham Forest Design Awards last night, in recognition of the biodiverse habitat that has been created around the new architecturally designed ice centre.

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.

Media coverage

Screenshot of the online article showing a couple walking through long grass on a sunny day at Walthamstow Marshes

Lee Valley Regional Park receives nine Green Flag awards

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16 July 2024

The Walthamstow Marshes and WaterWorks nature reserve in Leyton are among nine parts of the Lee Valley Regional Park to receive the flags Read article >

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Myddelton House Gardens given special heritage site recognition

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16 July 2024

The historic gardens in Bulls Cross have been recognised by the organisers of the Green Flag Award Read article >

Adam Burgess navigating the white water rapids and avoiding the slalom poles in a canoe

Adam Burgess: Moving my life 150 miles to train

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4 July 2024

As part of the BBC's Paris: Grassroots to Glory feature Geoff Doyle spoke to Stoke canoeist, Adam Burgess, about his hopes for the games this year. Listen >

Geoff Doyle wearing white water safety kit smiling as he tackles the rapids

Team GB canoe slalom duo hopeful of Olympic success

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20 June 2024

BBC Three Counties' Geoff Doyle spoke to Adam Burgess and Kimberley Woods at Lee Valley White Water Centre. Listen >

Members of the Robbie Lea Water Safety Partnership standing in front of a Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue truck

Youngsters given vital lessons in life-saving ahead of summer

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Hertfordshire Mercury

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13 June 2024

Representatives from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Hertfordshire's Fire and Rescue Service and Constabulary facilitated these hard-hitting informative sessions. 

Night sky mottled with purples, blues and greens shining over a floodlight 'pringle roofed' Lee Valley VeloPark

In pictures: Londoners' views of Northern Lights

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11 May 2024

Stargazing in London at night is sometimes a challenge amid the glow of city lights but the capital received a rare treat on Friday as the Northern Lights appeared. This is the view of Lee Valley VeloPark sent into BBC News. Read article >

Three women cycling and smiling in the sunshine on Lee Valley VeloPark's  Road Circuit

Lee Valley Regional Park invites community groups to apply for £120k fund

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17 April 2024

The fund, aimed at groups that focus on physical wellbeing, will cover the cost of using the park's world class sports venues and hiring its sports instructors. Read article >

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.

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