The Ecology Park
Linked to the play arena by a canal side path, the Ecology Park showcases a magnificent lake complex and an earth sheltered building - the Ecology Pavilion.
The Ecology Park’s lakes are home to water birds, amphibians and a good variety of dragon and damselflies.
Remnants of the park’s history as a former neighbourhood of terraced homes still exist in the park. And the Palm Tree pub still sits in the centre of the park and offers an opportunity for a quiet drink.
The Mile End Park Rangers use the opportunities provided by the park landscape, and links to the Regents Canal, to study nature.
The Ecology Pavilion is a base for a volunteering programme that aims to continuously improve the biodiversity of the park and facilities for users.
When the park was designed sustainability principles such as reducing waste and consumption of resources during the construction process were considered.
Simple things like preserving park features and re-using them where they did not impact upon having a coherent design for users; reducing the amount of material that had to be moved and using it on site; thinking about how the energy and water needs of the park could be provided from sustainable sources; thinking about how the design of buildings could reduce heat loss and make maximum use of solar gain.