Our hearts go out to each and everyone of you, to your families, your friends, your communities and to our beloved Hackney, as we all try to navigate our way through the rapidly unfolding situation with COVID-19, that we all now find ourselves having to adapt to.

We are so very sad to say that as of today, we have to close Dalston Eastern Curve Garden to the public, at least for a while. 

This has been a very painful decision for us. We have worked hard all week to keep the Garden open to the public for as long as we possibly could. We wanted to be able to offer a familiar green space for people to sit, walk and feel calm in, amidst this horribly worrying and unsettling time. Every visitor during this time has told us how much they have valued being able to connect with nature and felt reassured by at least seeing other people, despite having to remain physically apart. We are very grateful to everyone who helped us make that happen – to our staff for working so hard to keep everything sanitised, to our volunteers and to the visitors who observed our social distancing guidelines. 

Although we have not been instructed to close, our priority has to be to keep everyone safe and healthy and we need to be part of the collective effort to stop transmission of COVID-19.

Our number one purpose, from the day we first opened the Garden ten years ago, has always been to offer beautiful green space for everyone to benefit from, in an area where many people do not have their own garden. We have also worked hard in that time to create a space for people not just to connect with nature, but also with each other. Now that the people can’t come to the Garden, we are putting all of our efforts into planning how to make the Garden come to the people. We are determined to support our community, offering help where it is most needed, to those who are most vulnerable and in the ways that we feel we might be particularly well placed to do. 

How we do that is for another day and your suggestions and thoughts about that are all very welcome. You can email us at info@dalstongarden.org 

We will still be here with a small team of staff and volunteers, looking after the plants and working hard to do all the jobs that need to be done to make the Garden ready for when we are able to open up for everyone once more.

For the moment though rest assured that here in Dalston Eastern Curve Garden the beautiful Spring flowers are still growing, the birds are still singing, the bees are still buzzing and it will still be here for us all to enjoy, together again, in the future. 

Keep well everyone!

With love and friendship from Marie & Brian and everyone at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden 

Keeping the Garden open during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden remains open to the public for the moment. We will continue to offer a calm space where Hackney residents can walk or sit among nature. As we are an outdoor space, inline with other Hackney parks, visitors can continue to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors, while still […]

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Hearing Birdsong: Special event for World Hearing Day

Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 March 2020, 12 – 6.30pm Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 March, 12noon – 6.30pm Did you know it is estimated that 9 million people have unaddressed hearing loss in the UK? Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is hosting the unique ‘Hearing Birdsong’ sound installation on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 March, […]

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February in The Garden

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 […]

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Help secure the future of Dalston Curve Garden!

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 […]

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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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