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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» For general enquiries email email@example.com
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.
We will be developing the Park history section of this website to include some of this collection.
We have started with 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.
» Read Clissold Park for the people
» View a historical slideshow of Clissold Park
» Visit www.savingclissoldpark.com and read about the history of saving clissold park (1884-1889)
Reading Anna Barbauld in Bad Times: Sunday 26th March, 2pm
As a teacher, a poet, a literary critic, and a political polemicist, Anna Barbauld occupied a prominent position in 19th century English life and culture. A resident in Stoke Newington for many years (Barbauld Road is named after her), she established a Women’s Reading Group in Church Street, and played a key role in Stoke Newington’s influential Dissenting community.
Norma Clarke, one of Britain’s foremost historians, will discuss Anna Barbauld’s connection with Stoke Newington and renew the claim that she was ‘one of the great minds which belong to all time.’
Tickets £5 including a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Proceeds to the Clissold Park User Group. Doors open 1.30pm. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.
Clissold Park biodiversity report
This report looks at the importance of Clissold Park for nature conservation. The park has three million visitors a year and a rich biodiversity that needs to be preserved.
The report looks at the management of the park in relation to Hackney’s Biodiversity Action Plan. It looks at all areas of the park including:
- Grassland areas, including the deer enclosure
- Wildflower areas
- Tree and shrub planting
- The woodland track
- Ornamental flower and shrub beds
- Water habitats
- Butterfly dome and Bowling Green
- Invasive species
Money raised for new trees
Thanks to all who contributed to fundraising for new trees in memory of Arthur and Christine Disney, late of Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, who worked tirelessly for the protection and care of the trees in the park.
Over £800 has been raised (including £100 contribution from CPUG).
Three new trees will be planted.
» Find out more about Arthur and Christine on JustGiving
Fundraising and park improvements
Using information from the Annual survey, CPUG and the park management have identified four areas that park users would like investment in:
- The replacement of the drinking fountain outside the Lodge at the Green Lanes gate
- Installation of some new baby swings in the playground
- Installation of fixed fitness equipment (probably down by the multi-use games area)
- Creating a new beginners wheels area for younger children near the skatepark
The Council does not have sufficient funds for these. We will keep you posted about our fundraising plans but please do let us know if you are interested in helping.