Keeping safe this winter
When enjoying Norwich’s parks and open spaces in the wintry weather, please take extra special care of yourself and others by frozen water. Click here for safety advice.
The boating lake at Eaton Park
There are 23 parks, 95 open spaces and 59 natural areas in Norwich, which are managed by the parks and open spaces team.
- Many of the parks have children's play areas.
- There are paddling pools at Waterloo and Wensum Parks, which are open in the summer.
- Eaton Park has a model boat pond.
- Wensum and Earlham Parks are riverside parks.
- There are outdoor sports facilities at a number of parks as well as teenage facilities.
- A number of popular events are held in the parks every year.
- Lottery funding has enabled four historic parks — Waterloo, Wensum, Heigham and Eaton — to be restored.
- Heigham Park, Waterloo Park, Lakenham Recreation Ground, James Stuart Gardens and Riverside Walk are locked at 'park closing time'. All other parks remain unlocked but games finish 15 minutes before 'park closing time'. Please ensure enough time is allowed to play any games eg pitch and putt — a minimum of 2½ hours).
- Locked parks are unlocked by 8am each morning.
Dogs are welcome in most parks and open spaces as long as they are under control. In some parks, they are only allowed on leads and it is against the law to allow a dog to foul a public space and not clear up after them.
Hiring the parks
The parks, open spaces and facilities can be hired for events.
Vandalism or damage should be reported on the green spaces vandalism answerphone 0344 980 3333.
For further information on the parks call 0344 980 3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an aggressive perennial weed that was originally brought to Britain as an ornamental plant. It soon escaped and today it grows in a wide range of places, but especially along riverbanks, roadsides and on derelict land.
Japanese knotweed is a serious environmental problem, as it smothers native plants and the wildlife that depends on them and it can contribute to riverbank erosion and flooding. Japanese knotweed can also cause damage to man-made structures including roads, footpaths and even buildings, and eradicating it from development sites is often difficult and expensive.
Although it does not grow from seed in Britain, Japanese knotweed spreads very easily, as even a small stem or root fragment can grow into a new plant. Here in Norwich, Japanese knotweed is currently less of a problem than it is in many other places, but efforts are being made to control it and prevent its further spread.
Japanese knotweed is not dangerous to human health.