Would you like to help secure the future of Dalston Eastern Curve Garden? Then please can you take a few minutes to read and respond to Hackney Council’s current public consultation, ‘Towards a Dalston Plan: Key Issues and Objectives’. The ‘Dalston Plan’ will be very important, as it will shape how this neighbourhood looks and feels over the coming years and inform how land in Dalston is used and developed, including the land that the Garden is attached to. You can find out more, see what other people have said so far and make your own responses here:


Hackney Council will host a drop-in information session at the Garden on Saturday 15 February 12-3pm where you can ask Council representatives about the ‘Dalston Plan’. We recommend that you hold off on completing the consultation questionnaire until you have had a chance to come along to this session if you can. If you can’t make it along, we will be hosting our own information session at the Garden within the next few weeks and you can email us any time at info@dalstongarden.org with any questions you have about the ‘Dalston Plan’ and how it might impact on the Garden.

The deadline for responding to the ‘Towards a Dalston Plan’ Consultation is Friday 13 March.

Despite the constant backdrop of uncertainly over its future, since opening in 2010, the Garden continues to thrive and this year we will be celebrating our 10th birthday, with a year long programme of events and activities, starting in July 2020.

The fact that the Garden has reached such a milestone, is in no small part thanks to the ongoing support of so many local residents and visitors. Many people took the time to write to Hackney Council during the last major consultation on the area in 2017. We were grateful that so many of you said how much you valued the Garden and that you wanted it to be made permanent. Thanks to that level of public support, it’s clear that Hackney Council have now recognised the important role that the Garden plays in Dalston. Isn’t it encouraging to know that sometimes taking part in consultations really can make a difference! We still have a way to go to ensure a good future for the Garden so we hope you will engage with this latest one.

We welcome the emphasis in the Dalston Plan Consultation on the need for more greenery and green spaces in Dalston as the area is so grey!

Within the consultation document and questionnaire, you will see that there are two sections which explicitly reference the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden:

Objective 1 (this objective is divided into two questions)
Objective 2

We hope that you will ‘Strongly Agree’ with all of the objectives that are listed there.

The Consultation also invites you to make your own comments under each section. We will be making a Dalston Eastern Curve Garden response, where we will ask for a number of fundamental points to be reflected in the objectives in the ‘Dalston Plan’, in order to safeguard the future of the Garden:

1. That in addition to being permanent, the Garden should remain as an enclosed (ie no route through the Garden) and as a managed space.

2. That future developments on any sites that are attached to the Garden should be sensitive to the function and environment of the Garden and won’t cut out any more sunlight through building high.

We would ask you to bear these two points in mind when you are making your own responses.

Once this stage of the ‘Dalston Plan’ consultation is completed, Hackney Council intend to have a further consultation phase, in Summer 2020. Public responses to the current ‘Key Issues and Objectives’ phase will help inform the next stage. We will of course keep you updated.

Many thanks for your continued support for Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, we could not do this without you all!

February at the Garden

February 13, 2020

February at the Garden is all about the first signs of Spring. The results of many months of planting bulbs put in by the volunteer team last Autumn are on show everywhere, with more and more new flowers popping up every day. Snowdrops first, followed by Daffodils, all making the most of the Spring light while the Birch and Alder trees still have no leaves.  Many other plants that have been dormant over winter are starting to raise their heads again or flower, offering much needed nectar for bees emerging out of their hibernation.

The Garden and cafe are open every day and the cafe is still serving mulled wine, spiced cider and hot toddies to keep out any early Spring chill. We are also selling hot chocolate and delicious cakes and during the week we make plant-based soups, served with fresh bread from our neighbours at Dusty Knuckle Bakery.

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden operates as an independent social enterprise, so every time you spend money in our Cafe, you are helping keep the Garden open for everyone to enjoy for free!

Dalston Plan Consultation event,
Saturday 15 February, 12noon – 3pm.  

Hackney Council have recently launched a public consultation on planning guide lines – the Dalston Plan – which will inform land use in the area and shape how Dalston  looks and feel in future years.

Once again we are asking Garden visitors to help secure the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden by taking a few minutes to respond to the questionnaire.

You can read about the background and respond to the questionnaire here 

The Council will host a drop-in information session at the Garden on Saturday 15 February 12-3pm. At this session, which will be held in our indoor Pineapple House, you can ask Council representatives for more details and background information about the ‘Dalston Plan‘ Consultation. You can also collect a printed questionnaire if you are unable to access the Consultation online.

If you cannot make it to the Garden on 15 February, there will also be sessions in the CLR James Library on Dalston Lane on:
Tuesday 11 February, 4pm-8pm
Wednesday 12 February, 4pm-8pm.

The deadline for responding to the ‘Towards a Dalston Plan’ Consultation is Friday 13 March.

Once this stage of the ‘Dalston Plan‘ consultation is completed, Hackney Council intend to have a further consultation phase, in Summer 2020. Public responses to the current ‘Key Issues and Objectives‘ phase will help inform the next stage.

February Opening Times
The Garden is open every day from 11am until 7pm and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. As the weather starts to warm up, we start to add in additional late night openings.

Hope to see you at the Garden this month enjoying the Spring flowers!

Happy new year for 2020!

The Garden and cafe are open daily 11am – 7pm from 3 January and until 10pm on Wednesdays – Sundays. We will be closed on Monday 6, Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 January for winter repairs. The cafe serves mulled wine, spiced cider and hot toddies, as well as hot chocolate and delicious cakes and […]

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December at the Garden

December at the Garden is all about brightening up the darkness of winter with magical lanterns in the Garden, late night openings, warming treats from our cafe and our special advent calendar shining a light on some of Hackney’s amazing charities. Our ‘Festival of Light’ is back, illuminating the Garden with hand-crafted lanterns and the […]

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Festive Singing with The Boiler House Singers

Thursday 19 December, 7 – 8.30pm  

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#HackneyChristmasCheer Advent Calendar 

This December we are once more running our #HackneyChristmasCheer social media campaign, using Twitter (@easterncurve), Instagram (@dalstongarden) and Facebook to shine a light on the many organisations that do amazing work, all year round, supporting people and the environment in Hackney. We hope you can take a few moments out of what can be a […]

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Candle-making fund-raiser for Hackney Winter Night Shelter

Sunday 1 December, 3-6pm Join ‘Wax Atelier’ in the Pineapple House at the Garden for a candle-making pop-up and help us raise money for Hackney Winter Night Shelter. In an afternoon of short drop-in sessions, East-London based designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo will introduce you to the fascinating craft of candle making. They will […]

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November in the Garden

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is open 12 months of the year, 7 days a week,  celebrating nature and the changing beauty of the seasons. During the month of November, the Garden remains open every day from 11am until 7pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays – Sundays. Our Cafe Bar is open daily during Garden opening […]

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Dalston Pumpkin Lantern Festival 2019: Light-up Nights

Sunday 20 – Thursday 31 October Over 1,000 pumpkin lanterns that have been carved by children, young people and adults during the Garden’s annual Dalston Pumpkin Lantern Festival will be lit up in every corner of the Garden every night. Walking among them is a truly magical experience! Here’s what you need to know for planning […]

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Rainy weather alert!

Saturday 26 October Pumpkin Lantern weather alert for for tonight’s Light-up Show! The wet and windy conditions are not ideal for lighting up 1,200 pumpkins in an outdoor space. Our dedicated team of pumpkin volunteers will attempt to light them all up, however we cannot guarantee that all the lanterns will stay alight so tonight’s […]

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Pumpkin Carving sessions for adults

Saturday 26 October, 2-5pm and Sunday 27 October, 2-4pm Have the amazing creations lighting up the Garden in our Dalston Pumpkin Lantern Festival impressed you? Have they inspired you to carve your own? Well now’s your chance to display your carving skills and let your imagination run wild in our final pumpkin carving weekend – this time […]

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October in the Garden

During the month of October, the Garden is still open every day from 11am until 7pm and until 10pm on Wednesdays – Sundays. Our Cafe is open daily during Garden opening times, selling delicious home made soups and our freshly baked cakes, as well as our selection of local craft beers, cider and wine. With each […]

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