The Gardens of Wood Street

A new Artwork for Wood Street Station Bridge

Dear Residents,

This website is a virtual space for the residents of Wood Street ward, and the wider community, to help create ‘The Gardens of Wood Street’ mural. This artwork will celebrate your memories of gardening or of time spent outdoors in the area’s green spaces.

My name is Eleanor Hill. I am an artist and maker working with Waltham Forest Council to create a permanent artwork for the area beneath the railway bridge outside Wood Street Station. The project is part of the Council’s Making Places programme.

Over June and July, this website will be open to collect stories and images of a time you spent in your garden, in one of the many community gardens and pocket parks, or in the area’s woodlands and forests. This could be a recent experience, or from some time ago.

I will be illustrating your stories, drawings and photographs and turning them into a mural artwork that celebrates the Wood Street community. Contributions from residents will also be shared via social media and a selection will be included in a booklet about the project.

I look forward to working with your stories and to making your portraits,

Eleanor Hill

How to take part

  1. Write a short message
    to me about a time that you spent in your own garden or in a public garden, park or woodland. You might like to think of this as a short diary entry. You can submit as many diary entries as you like.
  2. Share a photograph or drawing
    of yourself, or the place that you’ve written about – I will use these to develop portrait imagery and illustrations to include in the mural.

    To share your story, click the link below or go to the ‘Your Posts’ page.

To take part, click here


A list of Green Spaces in Wood Street Ward include:
Greenway Avenue Community Play Garden, E17
Bistern Park, E17
Manual Instruction Centre Garden, Barrett / Brooke Rd
‘Pocket Park’ at Barrett Road
Epping Forest Hornbeam Trail
Epping Forest Gilbert’s Slade
Walthamstow Cricket Club
Spade Husbandry Society Allotments, Forest Road

  • June

    Take part and complete a diary entry on this website!

  • July

    Your submissions will be turned into a large artwork outside Wood Street Station.

  • December

    Announcing the artwork and your stories!

  • January 2020

    Installation will begin!

To find out more about the project please visit the Making Places Website here or the Project page here.

Let us know what you think by #GardensofWoodStreet on Twitter and Instagram:

Twitter: @GardensofWoodSt
Instagram: @GardensofWoodSt

With special thanks to Wood Street First.

Making Places is Supported by the Great Place Scheme and the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy. Delivered in partnership with Create.

COVID-19 Notice:
We hope you’re doing well during the lockdown period and maintaining social distancing rules at this time. Please comply with these regulations if undertaking any activities and participating in this art project – remembering to stay 2 meters apart from others and ensure outings are with your household. Enjoying being outdoors safely.