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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 

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 observing physical ‘social distancing’ from other people of 2 metres (as recommended in current Government guidelines). 

Many of our regular visitors are already socially isolated and experiencing mental health challenges and we are aware that for some, the current emergency is adding to their anxieties. This knowledge has been a big factor in our decision to keep the Garden open at this time.

We are continuing to review Government advice, seek guidance from Hackney Council about public use of open spaces in the borough, and talking  to our colleagues in other public parks and gardens about the best approaches we can all take at this time to support the health and well-being of our communities.  

During this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also looking for ways to offer as much help as we can to our many regular vulnerable Hackney visitors. Please let us know if you can help or have any suggestions.

In order to remain open we are taking the following approach:

Our indoor Greenhouse and covered pavilion area will be closed until further notice. 

We are operating more frequent and intense cleaning and sanitising of all surfaces and equipment. 

If you are planning to visit the Garden, we are asking all of you to work with us to keep yourselves and our community safe by:

  • Staying at home if you have a temperature or cough (If any person in your household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days) 
  • Washing your hands more regularly and for 20 seconds each time.
  • Not gathering in the Garden in groups of more than 5 people. 
  • Not congregating in our entrance area.
  • Observing ‘social distancing’ advice –  keeping 2 metres away from other people in the Garden.

For more information on how to protect yourselves and our community, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

We have given much thought to our decision to keep the Garden open and we will be constantly reviewing it, as more advice starts to emerge.

For the time-being, the Garden will remain open Monday to Sunday 11am – 7pm.