The East London Garden Society

A New Park in East London

A new park has been opened as the centrepiece of a £250m ‘village regeneration’ housing scheme in the heart of London’s East End.

The linear open space forms a green spine through the Aberfeldy Village development in Poplar and is being lined by liquidambar tree saplings and planting to give colour all year round when the scheme is completed. A diversity strategy is being worked out with the Wildlife Trust to create new habitats to encourage wildlife.

The Aberfeldy scheme, to transform a run‐down Docklands neighbourhood, is the largest regeneration in this part of east London. It will have 1,100 new homes when completed, including social rent and shared‐ownership. The first phase has now been completed with 300 families already moved in.

The neighbourhood has long felt isolated by the River Lea and Bow Creek on one side and the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach and A13 East India Dock Road on the other. The scheme includes a health centre, community centre, shops and a new public square, as well as the park just opened by Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs. Work on the third phase was due to commence in the autumn of 2016.