Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

When you’re on Dalston Lane with the cars and buses roaring by, it’s hard  to believe that there’s a beautiful garden hidden just around the corner. But wander through the wooden doorway next to the Hackney Peace Mural, and that’s exactly what you’ll find. Full of trees, flowers and wildlife, the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a great place for a picnic or just some peace and quiet. There’s a pavilion where kids can take part in gardening and cooking workshops and other creative activities.

Where is it?

13 Dalston Lane
Hackney
E8 3DF
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Good to know

There’s a loo, rain shelter and conservatory for when it’s cold. The cafe serves delicious cakes and salad made with ingredients grown in the garden. You can also bring your own picnic.

Wow fact

The garden is built on a railway line that hasn’t been used for more than 50 years. If you look carefully, you can still see part of the old tunnel that runs underneath the road to Dalston Junction Station.

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Things to do

- Have a picnic on a sunny day.
- Make a pizza in the clay oven.
- Volunteer to do some gardening.
- Check out the ‘Stik’ graffitti.

What we did: Year 5 Hazel, Rushmore Primary School

Marie showed us around the garden, where we saw some great artwork by kids as well as famous graffiti artists. She also showed us all the trees, plants and wildlife. Later, photographers Gideon and Crispin sent us off on a  photo mission. We found lots of things to photograph in the garden. You can see some of our pictures here.

By Alma Harrison, Year 4 Rushmore Primary School