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Park funding and activities announced

Pimp Hall Nature Reserve in Chingford has been awarded £22,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a range of improvements. The open space is renowned for its beauty, including the 17th Century timber-framed dovecote that has five tiers of nesting holes.

The funding will allow this special corner of the borough to be better maintained and brought to the attention of more people. The site’s slightly hidden location will be tackled by the gate into Pimp Hall Park being opened to allow an alternative entrance point and movement between the two sites.

Training and support will be offered to reflect the needs of volunteers and a management plan will be developed to enable volunteers to schedule work days and tasks in an efficient and convenient way. It’s hoped this will lead to a more sustained level of volunteer involvement.

The project will provide training to enable volunteers to take part in a range of tasks applicable to managing the site. These will include pond clearing, coppicing and other applicable tasks. The funding will also help unleash the educational potential, with the building being leased for community use to attract schools and Friends Groups.

The development of a wildflower meadow will also make the site a much more diverse and attractive proposition and the addition of a noticeboard will allow updates on activities and volunteering opportunities.

Elsewhere, Ridgeway Park in Chingford is offering free Tai Chi and Kung Fu sessions for all the family. Held on Saturdays from 2 May to 4 July between 2.00pm and 3.30pm, residents of all abilities are welcome to give it a go.

Loose comfortable tops and trousers should be worn with trainers or flat shoes. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult and the sessions are not suitable for under-5s. Tai Chi involves gentle movements to improve your health and calm your mind in harmony with nature, while Kung Fu improves fitness, discipline and self-defence.

Further south in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Floating Lotus Tai Chi sessions are being held on Friday mornings between April and June for women and girls who have experienced, or are experiencing, any kind of abuse or domestic violence.  In Chinese culture the floating lotus represents inner strength – overcoming difficult times and blossoming to radiate stunning, but humble beauty.

Sessions are run indoors by understanding female instructors who will respect confidentiality. Meet other women and girls, build your self-esteem, relax and enjoy yourself. Women mentors are being sought for these sessions, so if you think you could support women by using your own life experiences or wisdom then get in touch.

To offer yourself as a mentor, or to book a place at any of these sessions, email or phone 020 3670 3005 or 07713 152 999. You can also find out further information on the website at Do also get in contact beforehand if you have access needs.

You should also get down to Lloyd Park on 4 April for a free Easter Egg Hunt and Easter card making session. Everyone is welcome to go along and if your child has a disability or special educational need you can meet the team first at a taster session to build confidence or get to know the park.

The taster activity will take part between 10am and 11am, with the main activity between 11am and 2pm. Go to for more info (including an access guide) or contact Vicky on 07870 678571 or at if you have any other queries.

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