London is blessed with many beautiful green spaces and the east end is no exception. We now have an amazing opportunity to improve and extend green spaces in east London by connect- ing them up to form a ‘green chain’ walking trail from the eastern edge of City of London to the Lea Valley and beyond.
Access to high quality, nature rich green spaces provides many benefits for our health and wellbeing. They can help to clean the air we breathe, providehealthy walking routes and space for outdoor exercise and relaxation, and give a home to wildlife. As London grows and becomes more densely populated, we need to protect, connect and enhance green spaces so we can increase the benefits they provide and be enjoyed generations to come.
The creation of new public green space as part of the redevelopment of the old Bishopsgate Goodsyard would form the start of an exciting new west-east green trail. The trail would link a number of existing open spaces as a series of green ‘stepping stones’, enabling people to walk from the City to the countryside without losing sight of nature. This would connect local commu- nities to green spaces, encourage more people to walk, and help improve the quality of some neglected open spaces.
The green ʻstepping stones’:
Bishopsgate Goodsyard/Forest Garden to Allen Gardens/Spitalfields City Farm to Weavers Fields to Bethnal Green Gardens to Meath Gardens to Mile End Park to Victoria Park to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park toThree Mills Green/Lea Valley Park, an alternative route being from Meath Gardens.