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Wormholt Park is a small park situated in the north of Shepherds Bush between the Uxbridge Road to the south and the busy A40 to the north in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It was opened in 1911; an open-air lido situated alongside it was added in 1923; and a bandstand was built in the park in 1931 and a bowling green in 1936. However, by the 1980s the neighbouring swimming pool and bowling green were closed and the park was in need of regeneration.

In 2009 a group of residents came together to initiate new plans for the park and in 2011 the group was formalised as the Friends of Wormholt Park. The Friends have been a driving force behind the plans for the redevelopment of the park, work which will be completed by May 2016. We also organise events in the park and co-ordinate activities with other local community groups.

It is our aim to ensure the park sees a return to its former glory as an oasis within the surrounding urban landscape serving the needs of all residents, young and old, and as a focal point for the local community.

The links above will take you to pages which give more information about the Friends, events, a history of the park, how to contact us and a blog.


41 Comments leave one →
  1. Cherry permalink
    March 12, 2015 9:49 am

    Yes, when will the works start, all that’s happened so far is more trees have been chopped down and the bushes around the edge cut back. it that it!!!!

    • Diane permalink
      March 22, 2017 8:56 am


      My grandson hurt his hand terribly on the round orange roundabout yesterday afternoon afterschool in the children’s park . There is a big gap around the roundabout and several children have hurt there fingers over the past few months. My grandson had to be taken to Chelsea and westminter hospital. He had not broken his fingers but had swollen fingers and had to have 5 stiches this piece of play equipment is not safe and there is the swing which has hit several childr also.parents have asked to have a gate to go around it and still this has not happened
      This children’s playground is unsafe and needs to be shut down and adapted for safety. I will be making a formal complaint and if I do not see any action I will get parents 7to sign a petition and give it to the town hall. This park is used everyday by local children and is not safe.
      Please do something immediately to safeguard the children who use it before another child gets seriously hurt like my grand son he is lucky he did not lose his index finger yesterday.
      Concerned parent.

      • March 22, 2017 9:05 am

        I’m very sorry to hear about your grandson and hope he recovers fully soon. As the Friends of Wormholt Park we do not have any direct responsibility for the playground equipment as we are a group that represents the users of the park but we shall pass on your comments to the appropriate people at the Parks Department at the Council and will expect action to be taken. There are other issues around safeguarding that we shall be raising with the Council, including appropriate signage for the play areas about no dogs and age restrictions. I strongly recommend that you also contact the Council via your local councillor.
        Derrick Wright, Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  2. March 23, 2015 9:43 am

    The start of the work has been delayed as the tendering process is only now nearing completion. The Council has informed the Friends that work should now start in June of this year subject to the tendering process being completed satisfactorily.
    Derrick Wright, Chair

  3. Peter Colebrook permalink
    July 19, 2015 3:38 pm

    It is now July and nothing has happened. When oh when is work going to start. It seems I’ve been waiting years. My two children will have left home by the time the work’s started. In the meantime all that happens is that the park deteriorates further. Must be the saddest looking park in London!

  4. Richard permalink
    October 7, 2015 8:27 pm

    Clearly the development will never happen, summer has now passed (again) and still nothing. Looks like a hoax to help sell the new flats.

  5. Veronica permalink
    November 12, 2015 10:51 pm

    We were regular users of the tennis courts at Wormholt Park. They weren’t in great shape but we LOVED having them there. We were hoping they might re-do them but now it looks like they’re taking them out altogether. It would be so disappointing if the park lost its sports grounds and became just another normal park. Does anyone know what the council’s plans are? Could anyone kindly clarify? Thank you.

    • November 13, 2015 9:20 am

      Hi Veronica. The Council, with the support of the Friends of Wormholt Park and other local resident groups, has submitted a bid for funding to Sport England. We shall know the results in January. In the meantime, the Council is actively looking for other funding sources and will be doing everything possible (as will the Friends) to ensure that Wormholt Park has a new tennis court. Derrick Wright, Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  6. Akwoka permalink
    March 30, 2016 7:29 pm

    I am really disappointed looking at redevelopment of the park. The green/grass space has been considerably reduced. Some areas have been covered with the garden bark instead of simple grass. There are lots of tiny fences and the pavements have been widened. Quite a big space has been covered with plants, which further reduces area available to the park visitors and their dogs. Just makes me wonder what will be the cost of its maintenance. Also, how come the children playground has been placed so close to the block where people actually live in, it’s just a couple of meters away from people’s balconies. And taking all of the above into account, there are issues with gathering funds for the tennis courts. So much money was spent of the playgrounds and plants but the area that was most appreciated and used by locals has been removed…. (Note that there is already big playground in White City Estates just 3 minutes walk from Wormholt Park. I am not aware of any tennis courts close by.) Makes me wonder what is the logic of such ‘clever’ redevelopment….

    • Derrick Wright permalink
      April 3, 2016 1:39 pm

      Thanks for your comments.

      To answer your questions. What is at the moment bare soil behind the fences on both the east and west sides of the park will soon be sown with grass seed and with the removal of the wire cage, currently home to the work site, there will if you look at the plans be an actual increase in the amount of lawn in the park.

      Unless the children’s areas were placed in the centre of the park (not practical in terms of having lawn space) inevitably they have to be near residential property on the edge of the park. The residents to the west of the park will have the multi-use games area near them (although at their request the goal posts have been re-oriented to reduce the disturbance) while the children’s areas are placed towards the eastern boundary with the adventure playground next to the health centre.

      The Friends were very disappointed at the loss of the tennis courts and understand that the Council will be consulting on this. In the meantime there are I believe two tennis courts in Hammersmith Park.

      It is too early to assess the effectiveness of the redevelopment of Wormholt Park although on the whole my conversations with users has been positive. However, the Friends will monitor the effect of the development and where necessary bring any issues to the notice of the Council.

      Derrick Wright
      Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

      • June 4, 2016 6:05 pm

        Are there any plans to introduce security patrols in the park at night? I live above the children’s play area, and at night-time it is in constant use as a drinking/smoking/fighting den for the local teens. The noise is becoming unbearable now that it’s summer.

  7. June 4, 2016 6:13 pm

    I shall raise this matter with the Council. The Friends of very keen that anti-social behaviour is not allowed in the park and we expect the police and the Council to take every steps to stop it.

    Derrick Wright
    Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  8. Mila permalink
    June 7, 2016 2:57 pm

    Please could we have an update on what is happening with the park? Why was work started if there wasn’t the funding to finish it?

  9. June 7, 2016 10:23 pm

    Hi Mila

    I shall be updating the website soon. In the meantime I can tell you that the work has now finished apart from some minor matters. The fenced off areas are to allow grass to grow. These areas will also be re-seeded in the autumn and the fencing will remain for a year until the grass is established. I’m not sure what else you mean by ‘unfinished’.

    The Friends will be seeking opinions from users of the park – what is good and what is not right which we shall relay to the Council and press to have resolved.

    Derrick Wright
    Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  10. Sam Oh permalink
    June 14, 2016 11:35 am

    The park is looking great. Thank you to all the Friends of Wormholt Park. I have been using this park since 1983 when I was a little girl and it’s great to see some investment and care go into redeveloping the park for the local community. I hope all users will respect the park and dog owners will pick up after their dogs in and around the park.


  11. Linda Slattery permalink
    June 17, 2016 3:24 pm

    I have just visited wormholt park with my 22month old granddaughter, utterly disappointed. The 0-5 year old playground is rubbish, not a baby swing in sight. Just who designed the playground obviously somebody without children. If this is what you get for a rumoured million pound make over, you must be truly hacked off.

    • Becky permalink
      June 23, 2016 11:41 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more

  12. Becky permalink
    June 23, 2016 11:39 pm

    I went to wormholt park today & I must say it looks so much better, however I would like to know why all that money was spent on the two children area’s yet there isn’t even a baby swing for young children? I took my 18 month old there & to be honest I think something should be done there for the under 4’s as they are the children who are there most of the year as the older children are at school, and to be honest I think it’s wrong that this age group wasn’t even thought about, can you please tell me why that was?

    • July 11, 2016 12:53 pm

      Hi Becky and Linda

      The Friends agree. You are not the only people to complain about the lack of swings suitable for very young children. The Friends will be raising this with the Council in the hope of getting some put in place in the future if possible.

      Derrick Wright
      Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  13. July 5, 2016 7:09 pm

    Hi there

    When will the basketball hoops be installed?

    Also there are some building material fenced by the entrance, when will that be cleaned up?


  14. July 11, 2016 12:54 pm

    Hi Thiago

    My understanding is that a bird has build a nest in one of the basketball poles and that until it has left it would be illegal to disturb it by putting up the hoops. However, the Friends will be chasing the Council about this.

    Derrick Wright
    Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

  15. C Stafford-Deitsch permalink
    July 24, 2016 9:37 pm

    I want to congratulate the Friends and all other groups who helped push the regeneration through.
    However I am sorry to say that as a parent of two pre school age children I am disappointed with the playground. The concept of the dragon is imaginative and the landscaping is colourful and attractive however I do feel ironically that we have ended up with less substance to the equipment! It seems crazy to have fewer (no) ‘normal’ caged or open swings. Only a woven circular swing which is taken over by older children and teens every time we visit who create rather a hazard of it. And no climbing frame, a piece of kit which creates myriad ways to play and climb within a very modest footprint. Instead we have rotating rings, cups and hammocks ok but not children’s favourites. And a so-so short slide. It feels as though aesthetic (circles as a theme?) has taken preference over usability and I am taken aback to feel that I actually miss elements of the old weather beaten playground that was at the other side of the park previously. The current playground pales in comparison to others such as Wendell or even the small park behind old oak road.
    Is there anything we can do to petition for the addition of kit such as a swing or two in the near future?
    I don’t want to simply be negative about this well intentioned revamp.

    • July 24, 2016 10:12 pm

      Thank you for your comments. We are currently conducting a consultation about the park facilities. It is unlikely in the short term that anything will be done but once we have a sense of park users priorities we can look at the possibilities of introducing new equipment (dependent upon space and safety) and sources of possible funding. Derrick Wright, Chair of Friends of Wormholt Park

    • Carole permalink
      September 6, 2016 8:34 pm

      The park is slowly becoming a park for dogs once again . There is dog fouling all over the park and dogs are being allowed to run around constantly on the grass where so many people eat and families sit with very young children, could we please have a little space where dogs are not allowed as this is becoming a health risk once again just like it use to be, also people staying in the park until late every night which is very difficult for people with young children who are trying to go to sleep for school in the morning, also groups of people are hanging in the park drinking and smoking and families are feeling intimidated to walk pass with there children please do not allow this park to fall back to its old ways.

      • September 7, 2016 4:36 pm

        Dear Carole

        The Friends share these concerns. Dog owners, many elderly, are an important group of park users (sometimes the only people to be seen on a wet winter’s day) but we encourage responsible dog ownership and hope they would be conscious of having their dog on a lead when there are many families sitting on the grass. The children’s play areas are dog-free but there are practical problems in fencing off other areas of the park, not least the cost of permanent fencing. We have requested the council to put up notices about dog fouling, keeping dogs under control and littering and we shall be asking the parks department and the parks constabulary to enforce the rules and impose exemplary fines if people are caught (without exception). We would also like a tough regime of fining people who litter.

        We are very concerned about anti-social behaviour in the park including the use of the park after it is closed and will be asking the park’s constabulary to increase their patrolling of the area at night. We certainly do not want to see our park return to ‘the bad old days’.

  16. September 7, 2016 3:27 pm

    Please can something be done about the metal Fire Exit gate on Byrony Road, it is not being locked once the park closes of an evening and therefore people are in and out the park all night with the gate constantly being slammed, in the 30 years I have lived opposite the park the noise of an evening and through the night is worse than ever. So much for the improvements!!!

    • September 7, 2016 4:38 pm

      Dear CS

      We shall raise the matter with the park’s constabulary. The Friends are very concerned at the park being used after it is closed and wish a tough regime to stamp out anti-social behaviour in all its forms including littering and dog-fouling.

      Friends of Wormholt Park

  17. Carole permalink
    September 7, 2016 9:42 pm

    On writing to friends of wormholt park recently about dog fouling ,today my granddaughter was playing in the park and guess what she landed in dog business on her clothes and shoes , these signs need to go up asap because people are not walking there dogs they are leaving them to run around for hours using the whole grass area while they sit and talk ,I have seen several dog owners who come to the park every day more than just for one walk allowing there dogs to foul on grass and in the planted new bushes and just completely ignoring it, also I would like to ask why the dogs are not using the designated area for dogs, children can catch lethal illnesses from dog fouling and it can cause blindness,what then. I have a dog myself and use the park but always pick up , I wonder how many dog owners even carry poop bags.

  18. David permalink
    October 22, 2016 2:09 pm

    A lot is expect of dog owners who regularly use the park and most are considerate and responsible owners clearing up after there dog’s.However, the same cannot be said of a lot of people who use the park to consume food and drink. This summer was a shining example of park goers enjoying a picnic but leaving behind a mess for someone else to clean up after them. Selfish and simple unacceptable behaviour which goes unchecked. Can it be arranged for bins to be put closer to benches and clear signs put up around the park politely requesting lazy park goers to use them in preference to leaving a mess behind them for others to clear up.

  19. Cherry permalink
    March 2, 2017 2:49 pm

    Whats happened to the park never seen it look so bad. Lots of rubbish/bottles/cans etc in the bushes, which have been there for ages. Isn’t the council supposed to clear it and keep it tidy?

  20. Fiona Madson permalink
    March 24, 2017 5:01 pm

    I agree with the posters above that the new playground is extremely disappointing and actually inferior to the old battered playgrounds we used to have. There are no swings and no proper slide. The expensive dragon’s head with a “do not climb: this is not play equipment” sign on it illustrates how the playground that has been designed to look good rather than to be fun to play in. Take a look at Ravenscourt Park, Wendell Park or Hammersmith Park to see the sort of equipment that should have been provided. How sad that the Friends wasted this opportunity.

  21. April 10, 2017 2:16 pm

    Dear Fiona

    My apologies for taking so long to reply to your post. I’m afraid that the Friends had little input into the design of the play area or the equipment that went into it – this was decided by the Council. We fully approve of the Council’s desire to make the area accessible for children with disabilities but feel that there was room to have had at least some individual swings. Derrick Wright, Chair of Friends of Wormholt Park

  22. Olga permalink
    June 21, 2017 5:17 pm

    Is this park a dog’s shelter, a place for people to walk their dogs or a place for people to relax? The park is always full of dogs running all over without the lead and fouling everywhere and nobody clean it up after them. Yesterday one young boy riding his scooter was almost bitten by the dog size of a cow. This is unacceptable! And what about this bunch of guys sitting there every day all day from early morning till late evening drinking, smoking weed and playing music loudly? Why nobody can do anything with it? I know this is a public place for everyone but there are some limits. And one users should respect other users.

    • June 23, 2017 9:34 am

      Dear Olga

      I appreciate your concerns. Whilst the park serves many different users, and dog owners are sometimes the only people to be seen in the park on a wet winters day, dogs should be kept under control (as is required by the by-laws). Most dog owners are responsible (and I speak as one myself) and we would like to see a zero tolerance of dog fouling and have urged the parks police to fine anyone caught (the same goes for littering). The Friends have also made a complaint to the parks department about loud music in the park which, again, is contrary to the by-laws. I suggest you make a direct complaint to the parks police about any anti-social behaviour you observe in the park. You can telephone them on 0300 3655 101 or email at

      Derrick Wright
      Chair, Friends of Wormholt Park

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  24. David Rowe permalink
    September 17, 2017 12:13 pm

    Interesting to see the many comments about the Park. I lived in Bryony Rd (No 25) during the war, and attended Wormholt Park School, before moving to St Clement Danes in DuCane Rd
    The Park during WW2 housed many AirRaid shelters, directly opposite the school. The school play yard was used as a parking area for Fire engines, not bright red ones, but dull grey, they were basically vans with a ladder on the roof. Still just below the gutters remain the fitments used to hang up firehoses to dry. The Fire service was called the Auxilary Fire Service (AFS)

    On Wormwood Scrubs was a 3.7″ Anti Aircraft Gun Site, the danger running to the shelters was greater from the exploding shells, than from the enemy bombing !. There was a small POW Camp just off the UxbridgeRd, it was full of Italian POWs, who surprisingly were let out

  25. David Rowe permalink
    January 22, 2018 10:37 pm

    David Rowe (continued) .

    Adjacent to the Park was a Bowling `Green, and behind that ,opposite the White City Flats was Bloemfontein Rd Swimming Baths. The White City Flats were across the road, nowadays the Flats area is much developed with lots more flats. The area from there on up to White City Station was the site of the old Great Exhibition Centre of the 20’s. This area was used to store all the rubble from the many bomb sites that covered London, clearly items from the war zones of Europe were also brought there, Weapons (Small arms} were smashed up by the POW’s with sledge hammers. It was a favourite “sport” of the youth in the area to hop over the wire into the old Exhibition Buildings and “liberate” Pistols etc. My Father , a London Bobby from 1914 -1943 ,less some WW1 Service fro 1915-1919 in Alexandria and Port Said with the Royal Naval Air Service, took a dim view of me bringing a succession of “liberated” finds including pistols, home. Another favoured item were Field `telephone Sets, once the telephone was stripped from the `metal Green container, it became a useful container for Household use. There was a lot of German Army Tentage, it’s camolflage design was different from the English design. The German Tentage had a zig zag camolflage design, whilst the UK version had “rounded edges. The Italian Prisoners of War went back to their camp[ across the Uxbridge Rd, near the `Conningham Public House. I am now in my early 80’s, but remember the WW2 days with amazing clarity, although I cannot remember anything from the Pre `war days. I went on to join the Army, serving from 1954 until my discharge in 1991. I served in the Far East, Middle East, and Europe. together with 2 yrs 2 months in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles”.

  26. Emma permalink
    February 3, 2018 4:50 pm

    Hi there, we’re thinking of moving into the area. We have no children but two large friendly dogs. Are dogs welcome off lead in Wormholt Park and if they are not allowed in the whole park, is there a designated dog exercise area? It goes without saying that we always clean up after our dogs. Thanks in advance for any responses (unless they are from non dog lovers!)

    • March 12, 2018 12:31 pm

      Dogs can be let off the lead in the park as long as they are ‘under control’. On the whole most dogs (and their owners) who use the park are friendly and there are dogs (and people) who meet up so that the dogs can have a run around off the lead and play together. The persistent problem of dog fouling is due to a very small minority and this has diminished over the last few years.

      There is a smallish, fenced dog exercise area which can get very muddy. Dogs are not allowed in the two playgrounds. Lots of dog walkers use the park every day and we are often the only users in the winter when the weather is particularly bad. Ravenscourt Park, with 2 good fenced dog exercise areas is about 10 minutes walk away and large hounds often get taken to Wormwood Scrubbs not too far away to let off steam.

  27. May 4, 2018 12:29 pm

    Dear Friends,

    Can the basket ball nets please be replaced or repaired. There is not much for the kids in the sports area, it would be good if the basket ball facilities were fit for purpose. My son often complains that the lack of nets hinder basketball activities.
    Many thanks JACKSON

    • May 15, 2018 9:27 am

      Sorry for the late reply. I shall pass on your request to the park department. Regards Derrick

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