Clissold Park User Group (CPUG)
The Clissold Park User Group (CPUG) is a local community group for the people of Stoke Newington in Hackney who appreciate and love their local park.
The group has been campaigning locally for over 20 years and seeks to represent the interests of everyone who uses this very popular park: the walkers, joggers, cyclists, nature lovers, families and free spirits who value the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors in this beautiful and historic space.
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Park history: Clissold Park for the people
Clissold Park would have been built on in the 1880s if it wasn’t for a passionate local campaign to preserve it for the public. CPUG has been given access to an extensive treasure trove of press clippings, letters and maps kept for 127 years by the family of the chief campaigner, Joseph Beck.
» Visit www.savingclissoldpark.com and read about the history of saving clissold park (1884-1889)
You can find a summary of the campaign and a wonderful reading, by Joseph Beck’s great grandson, of Joseph Beck’s 1888 letter to the Weekly Recorder once the park had successfully been saved by The Clissold Park Preservation Committee:
» Clissold Park for the people
» View a historical slideshow of Clissold Park
Save our parks petition
Thousands of Britain’s parks and play areas are falling into disrepair or are under threat of being sold to developers. This is despite the vital health and social benefits that our much-loved green spaces provide.
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130 years of Clissold park – get involved!
This year marks 130 years of Clissold Park. To celebrate, the User Group wants to organise some family-friendly events in the park on Saturday 22nd June.
To get involved in planning or organising the event please sign up to our Newsletter and tick the box to say your are interested in helping with events and we will be in touch. Find out more…
Joseph Beck plaque unveiled at Barton House
In November of 2018 Clissold Park User Group unveiled a plaque on the front of Barton House Medical Centre to commemorate Joseph Beck, one of the people who campaigned to create Clissold Park. The plaque can be seen on the front of the building on Albion Road. We would like to thank Amir Dotan, who arranged for the plaque to be made and installed, and the staff at Barton House who were so helpful in making the event happen.
Safety in the park
There have been reports of students and young people being mugged and harassed in and around the park. The advice form the local Safer Neighbourhood panel is shown below:
“If children feel in any way worried, they should return to a place of safety such as the school or leisure centre. Always where possible ‘buddy-up’ with someone to walk back from school or clubs and keep your phone out of sight. Do not carry money with you and make sure bank details are not held on a phone. Tell an adult in a shop or place of safety such as the school what has happened and ask them to call the police.”
Poster and Pocket maps on sale
Pocket map: Our new beautiful pocket map and timeline of the park is now on sale in the café for £2.50.
It identifies all the landmarks and includes the history of the park and Clissold House, a tree trail and help in identifying the wild water birds on the ponds and New River. It has been created by the CPUG working with local artist Anna Hymas and local historian Amir Dotan with support from Hackney Council. Proceeds will go to the CPUG to help pay for amenities and free events in the park.
Poster: By popular demand we have created an A2 poster version of the map (42 x 59.4cm). Available in the café for £5 (£6 in a cardboard roll). Can also be posted to anywhere in the UK for £10 including packaging and first class postage. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your order.
» View the poster (PDF)