Affiliate groups

The Lea Valley Federation welcomes the following community and environmental groups as affiliate members of the Federation or as giving us their qualified support. The table below gives links to their websites (or a contact email address) and to statements of their objectives.

We also welcome our individual supporters – who live and/or work in nearly all the riparian boroughs in the Lower Lea Valley

Name of Group

 Borough in which

 Area of concern

 Summary statement of objectives

Hackney Marshes Users Group (HMUG) 


 Hackney Marsh, East Marsh, Wick Woodland,  Daubeney Green, (Mabley Green), River Lea and Lea Navigation from Lea Bridge Road to Eastway (A12)

To improve the Marshes for all sectors of the community, and campaign to protect them from inappropriate development. We organise walks round the Marshes, and explore and enhance their wildlife through planting and caring for trees and hedges.


Work to improve the Marshes for all sectors of the community, and campaign to protect them from inappropriate development.

Organise free activities and skill-sharing days, and run Hackney Community Tree Nursery and Edible Forest Garden.

Hackney Parks Forum (HPF)



A voluntary body whose members are made up of Park User Groups and other environmentally based groups who care about Parks and Green Spaces in Hackney. We represent users of parks and green spaces by working in partnership with Hackney Council in the preservation, conservation, maintenance and development of those spaces for the benefit of the whole community.

Hackney Wildlife Group (HWG)



To record and promote the fauna and flora of the London Borough of Hackney by surveying and collating records, and by engaging Hackney residents with the borough’s wildlife.

London Natural History Society



 Recording area is a circle of 20 miles radius from 
St Paul’s Cathedral 

We supports the recording and conservation of biodiversity and wildlife in the Lee Valley Regional Park within its recording area.

Millfields Users’ Group (MUG) 



MUG is the group recognised by Hackney Council as the partner body to consult on management and development of Millfields. It aims to encourage recreation, social, play, and environmental activities, and ensure that the local community and Millfields Users are aware of proposals for development and have their views and interests recognised.

New Lammas Lands DefenceCommittee (NLLDC) 


 Leyton Lammas Lands 

To defend and preserve the ancient Lammas Lands of Leyton as  public open space, free from enclosure, encroachment, and inappropriate use. NLLDC aim to promote the use and enjoyment of the Leyton Lammas Lands, and increase understanding of their history and significance, by such means as guided walks, historical talks and social events held on the Lammas Lands. We are the re-formation of the original Leyton Lammas Lands Defence Committee founded in 1892 to "promote the interest of the inhabitants of the Parish in the Leyton Marshes or Lammas Lands".

Regents Network (RN) 


 The Blue Ribbon Network throughout London: the Thames, the Lee Navigation, the canals and many rivers and tributaries.

To bring London's waterways back to life.The waterways should be used for navigation to transport people and freight, as well as providing open space and an attractive environment.

Springfield Park User Group (SPUG) 


 Springfield Park and 
Spring Hill sports ground 

Volunteers who care for Springfield Park and Spring Hill sports ground 

Tree Musketeers (TM) 



Volunteers who plant, protect and help preserve trees in the borough. We care for young trees, which includes watering and mulching, and maintaining stakes and guards. Work with local people, the Council and other organisations to promote tree care in Hackney. Raise awareness of the benefits of trees to the quality of life.

Waltham Forest Civic Society (WFCS)

 Waltham Forest 

 Lower Lea Valley – in particular the area that is adjacent to Waltham Forest 

"To preserve the best and improve the rest in Waltham Forest". The Civic Society was formed nearly 40 years ago and monitors listed buildings and conservation areas. It keeps a close eye on planning applications and objects to inappropriate developements. We were one of the founding members of the Link Road Action Group that fought the M11 Link Road and have recently supported the Friends of Lloyd Park in getting £3.5m funding to improve the park. Over the years we have supported various groups that have been formed to help protect the Lower Lea Valley and have taken a keen interest in how the LVRPA operates alongside the Waltham Forest boundary.