Mayesbrook Park

park in Dagenham, east London

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Mayesbrook Park is a 43 hectare[1] public park in Dagenham in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It is owned and managed by the borough council. The southern end, which is mainly a large lake, is a Local Nature Reserve.[2][3] The area covered by the park was once part of the historic Manor of Jenkins, seat of the Fanshawe family. For reasons which remain obscure, the park is sometimes nicknamed "Matchstick Island".[4]

The park, which was opened in 1934, was created to meet the need for open space for the London County Council's Becontree Housing Estate. The park has a car park, a children's play area, football pitches, a cricket pitch and pavilion, an athletic track, tennis courts, basketball court, and lakes.[1] The Mayesbrook Park project has used green infrastructure engineering to address flood water management needs.[5]

The southern end has two large lakes which are rich in wildlife, newly planted woodland and rough grassland.[2] The Mayes Brook runs along the western edge. There is access from Lodge Avenue.[1] Coordinates: 51°32′25″N 0°06′40″E / 51.5403°N 0.1111°E / 51.5403; 0.1111

Mayesbrook is also a ward of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 10,342.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Mayesbrook Park". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Maysbrook (sic) Park, South". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Map of Mayesbrook Park, South". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ Post Memories: The Mystery of Matchstick Island, Barking and Dagenham Post, 15 August 2016
  5. ^ "Mayesbrook Park - Green Infrastructure Case Study: Creating the UK's first climate change park in east London (NE394)". Natural England. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Barking and Dagenham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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