Park development and improvements

Maintaining Parks

The council maintains a wide variety of landscapes in parks and other green spaces. Maintenance includes keeping the grass cut, pruning shrubs, roses and hedges and maintaining the flower beds.

The parks and open space service also carry out cleaning operations to empty bins and remove litter. Sadly, a few people drop litter in parks, spoiling the enjoyment of these spaces for everyone. Dropping litter is an offence that can incur an £80 fine.

Community park rangers regularly inspect Mile End Park and Victoria Park and Streetcare Officers regularly inspect all other parks to ensure that good standards are being maintained.

We are keen to continue improving our landscaping services, so if you feel any areas could be enhanced or if you have any comments please contact us.

Currently, 12 Tower Hamlets parks hold Green Flag awards. Find out more about Green Flag parks in Tower Hamlets.

Park development

There are currently major development projects in King Edward Memorial Park and Bartlett Park - visit these pages to find out all about them and read the latest updates.  For a list of other current development projects in our parks see below.

Making Plans for the People’s Parks - Shaping a vision for parks and open spaces in the South Isle of Dogs.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has commissioned architects and urban designers We Made That to develop a vision and feasibility study for key open spaces within South Isle of Dogs. The study will include a set of recommendations which will aim to enhance green spaces by addressing key challenges and celebrating community assets and local character, whilst also ensuring the parks are accessible and inclusive to all.

A public consultation took place in July 2019 and the council has now published a report with recommendations  and several appendix:

Appendix 1: urban appraisal

Appendix 2: what we have learnt from elsewhere

Appendix 3: best practice cards

Appendix 4: consultation and engagement

Playground development

Removal of unsafe play equipment from Millwall Park and Meath Gardens

Following a recent annual inspection of the play equipment in Millwall Park and Meath Gardens, we will be removing non-compliant pieces of play equipment in the near future from the park.  This is a precautionary measure as it is not viable to repair the equipment.  We will be bringing forward the refurbishment of both parks into this financial year and will replace the play equipment as part of a series of playground refurbishments that we’re doing across the borough.   Signage will be put up in the parks, explaining that the equipment is being removed as it is not viable to repair it, but that the site will be refreshed over the coming months. 

For enquiries about the removal of the equipment please contact


We will be making improvements to a number of playgrounds over the next two years.  The first parks to undergo improvement work were  St. John's Park (Manchester Road), Stepney Green Park and Ropemakers Fields

This phase of work has now been completed and launch events to celebrate the opening of the new playgrounds took place in Spring 2019.

St John’s Park Playground

The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)  will be resurfaced and further park refurbishment work will be completed by the end of 2019.

Stepney Green Playground

A new piece of 'spider' play equipment, to replace the old one that has been removed, will be installed by the end of 2019.

Park development and improvements

Allen Gardens

Currently Feasibility Study/ Masterplan being undertaken commissioned by Brick Lane Town Centre Team.

Christ Church Gardens

Scheme to refurbish the gardens – consultation carried out in 2015. Project currently on hold.

Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens

The council has secured funding to make improvements to both spaces. 

In Summer 2018 we carried out consultation with residents on improvements to Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens. Over 100 people participated and completed questionnaires in response to the display boards.

Public consultation on the site design ended on 25 January 2019.   Following consultation we have designed a revised plan.  

We received comments from 34 individuals in addition to the comments we received from 124 people during the summer of 2018.  Of those commenting on the proposals in December 2018-January 2019, 24 people provided feedback on aspects of the proposals for Cavell Street Gardens which they had concerns about or did not like.  Seven of the responses commented favourably on the proposals related to Ford Square. Below is an overview of the feedback for your information.

As a result of this feedback, the Council instructed our landscape designers to rethink the designs for Cavell Street Gardens to take on board residents’ concerns. 

Residents Q & A on Revised Plan

A further consulation session took place on July 6th, 2019 

You can view the design of the revised plan here email for further information.

 We have distributed the revised design to everyone who has joined the project mailing list, and havealso fixed the new designs along with a project timetable to the park railings.  

If you would like to be added to the project mailing list please contact park.

 Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the development of plans for these sites.

Comments received by email and post during December 2018 and January 2019

The comments covered a range of issues of which the most frequently mentioned were:

  • Loss of trees and green (grass) at Cavell Street Gardens  (17 comments)
  • Introduction of bright, non natural colours at Cavell Street Gardens  (12 comments relating to colour and 10 relating to synthetic surfaces)
  • Concerns that taking away the railings (10 comments) and shrubs will increase anti-social behaviour
  • Concerns about noise (8 comments)
  • Concerns that opening Cavell Street Gardens 24 hours could attract anti-social behaviour. (7 comments). We are aware that anti-social behaviour is a significant issue in many Tower Hamlets Parks, and we are working closely with the police and other Council departments to attempt to reduce this. However, we would like residents to be aware that Cavell Street Gardens is currently not a locked site.
  • There have also been 6 residents objecting to the consultation process.

For more information please contact, call us on 020 7364 5000 and ask for the Parks and Open Spaces team, or write to Parks and Open Spaces Team, Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ.

Jolly’s Green

New play equipment, benches and bins have been installed. An outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Meath Gardens

The parks team has worked with officers from across the council and the Friends of Meath Gardens to restore the entrance arch. 

We have worked in partnerships with Friends of Meath Gardens to install a new historical information panel.

Meath Gardens is a Green Flag Site.

Millwall Outer Dock

A programme of improvements to this site opposite the Docklands Sailing Centre has been carried out.  The entrance way to the site has been improved with raised planters, new bollards and attractive floor surfacing.  Work was completed in Spring 2019.

Millwall Park

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018. Millwall Park is a Green Flag site.

Paradise Gardens

Following consultation with residents in 2017, development at the north end of Paradise Gardens has been concluded and the park has been refurbished. A new shrub bed has been created, new pathways have been laid and new benches, bins and signage have been installed.

Pollard Square

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Poplar Recreation Ground

The former toilet block has recently been demolishedThe Angel Memorial to those lost in the WWI bombing of Upper North Street School has been repaired and fullly restored.  This is a Green Flag Site.

Ravenscroft Park

A circular mosaic created by artist Rachel Lichenstein with children from Thomas Buxton and St. Anne’s schools in the mid 1990s,  has been relocated from its former location in Brick Lane to Ravenscroft Park.

Ropewalk Gardens

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Shandy Park

Improvements have been made to path surfaces.  New benches and bins have been installed.  A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Sir John McDougall Gardens

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

St. John’s Park

Lighting has been installed for the tennis courts to enable use during the short winter days.  A new playground has been installed in the Spring of 2019.

St. Leonards

The council's Public Health team are working with the local community to develop activities and improve this former churchyard.

Stonebridge Wharf

Improvements have been made made to path surfaces, access, seating and bins.   We are working to develop a cultural feature in the park,  in partnership with Sir William Boroughs in School and their artist in residence.

Stoneyard Lane

Tower Hamlets College is working with LBTH and local community representatives to carry out improvements to this small park.

Warner Green

New play equipment, benches, bins and planting have been installed.

Weaver’s changing rooms

The changing rooms have recently been refurbished.


For more information about changes to parks in Tower Hamlets contact