Valentines Park – Top Ten winner
People across the nation have been voting
continuously over a four week period for their favourite park
within the UK in the People’s Choice Awards, organised by Keep
Britain Tidy. Over 32,000 votes were cast during this the
competition to name the best ten green spaces.
We are very pleased to announce that
Valentines Park - our premier park in Redbridge - was voted
9th for the second year running. This is a fantastic
achievement for our green flag park to be listed as one of the
finest parks within the UK out of a staggering 1482 green
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who
Features of historical and environmental interest
- the Heritage Lottery funded restored Valentines Mansion and
- prestigious mature trees
- ecologically important water bodies and
- wide expanses of grassland.
The park is important for local people and wildlife because of
its heritage landscape, local recreational resource
and diversity of habitats.
How to find Valentines
Valentines Park on our
Main entrance on Cranbrook Road, Ilford
Vehicle entrance Melbourne Road, Perth Road and Cranbrook
This award-winning park is next to Valentines
Mansion & Gardens, and was once the parkland to the house. It
offers a wide range of activities for all including:
What's on in the park
- Running - every Saturday 5km timed run for adults and
children 8 yrs+
- Walking - Organised walks part of Walking for
Health or if you prefer a self guided
walk in and around the park at your own leisure. Plus our
Recovery Walk on the first Sunday of every month at 11am and our
Dementia Walk and Talk every Thursday 11am, meet at Gardeners
Cottage Cafe by Valentines Mansion
- Valentines Mansion and Gardens, see what events and
activities are coming up including Halloween fun!
- Monthly Farmers Markets in Valentines Mansion Gardens
- Outdoor Theatre - June to August
The Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund has confirmed
Vision RCL has been successful in their application for
approximately £20,000 of funding for the conversion of one of
the disused tennis courts within Valentines Park (adjacent to Perth
Road), which will be converted into a Multi Use Games Area
(MUGA). This will include repairs to the surface and fencing where
necessary, the installation of two multi goals for basketball and
football, repainting of the surface with new lines and the
installation of a counter to track usage.
The park is open from 8am to dusk throughout the year.
For more details of exact closing times please download our
Parks Closing Times under related pages or alternatively
please check time boards at the entrance of each park.
Pay and display car parking charges apply:
- Up to 1 hour - 70p
- 1-2 hours - £1.30
- All day - £3.00
History of Valentines Park
The park was once the parkland of Valentines
Mansion a gentleman’s residence built in 1696. The landscape
reflects the changing tastes of the last three hundred years and
the main elements surviving today relate to the changes made to the
Mansion itself in the 1720s, the 1810s and the 1870s. During all
these periods, the house was in private ownership. The greatest
change was from 1912 when the whole estate became a public park and
began to be used by greater numbers of people than ever before.
The heritage value is of great importance in
terms of the survival of formal Rococo features in a suburban park
near the Central tube line, the M11 and the main London to Norfolk
If you have any further enquiries please contact Parks Development Team.