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Project information

Volunteer Projects at Abney Park

The Trust has lots of day to day expenses for our volunteer-focussed projects to manage the 32 acres of woodland grounds of Abney Park for heritage, for wildlife, and as a memorial park.

this project work is continuous

Charity information: Abney Park Trust

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  • Need


    We are trying to maintain and diversify the wooded grounds for wildlife, particularly for species and habitats in the London Biodiversity Action Plan. Each year we also develop and implement a small memorial repair and conservation programme. In addition, we maintain several buildings and their interiors including a classroom and Visitor Centre, and disabled toilet. For all of these we identify volunteer-oriented repair and improvement projects throughout the year.


    Our projects are always directed at solving identified needs, ranging from re-painting and repair of benches, to planting new trees, or from maintaining paths, to keeping areas free of litter.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To maintain and improve the woodlands for nature conservation


    » volunteer-oriented tree planting and grounds management projects

    What success will look like

    Success will be... more wildlife to visit and enjoy

    Aim 2

    To maintain and restore the memorials for heritage and memory


    » projects involving our stonecraft workshop, partner organisations keen to restore particular memorials, and volunteer-oriented activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be... improvements to the memorials people can visit and enjoy

    Aim 3

    To maintain the buildings and site facilities, both inside and out - including visitor facilities.


    » many volunteer-oriented projects ranging from painting and decorating to archives work to

    What success will look like

    Success will be... improvements to the buildings and site facilities for visitors

  • Impact


    Long-term we expect a greater diversity of plants, birds and butterflies; an improved landscape including cherished memorials; and improved buildings and facilities - all of which will bring about greater public and visitor use, understanding, and enjoyment from the grounds and facilities of Abney Park.


    there could be nationwide declines in certain species, reducing aspects of biodiversity in spite of our work; there could be a lack of volunteers or funding to support our work in spite of our plans. To mitigate these risks, the Trust actively promotes interest in, and a community sense of ownership of the park, through a cultural and arts events programme, newsletters, websites, and Friends activities, and by opening the grounds to free public access most days of the year.


    the Trust issues a newsletter four times a year covering our range of projects and activities. The Trust also keeps its website up to date, and includes many photographs showing the condition of Abney Park.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 wildlife improving the grounds for wildlife
      £25,000 memorials improving the memorials for visitors
      £25,000 facilities improving the facilities for visitors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    external grant-aid 2012-13 £40,000 Conditional
    sales, events £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Abney Park is located in Stoke Newington, LONDON


    the project will benefit all visitors from the locality and further afield

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity was set up with a specific responsibility to maintain and improve Abney Park for the benefit of its visitors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jon Price

    Site Manager (volunteer coordinator for outdoor projects)

    John Baldock

    Community Events Manager