The view of the city of London, from Gilwell Park.
Gilwell Park, set in the beautiful Epping Forest, is on the outskirts of London. It is only 20 kilometres from the conference and very easy to get to by public transport.
It is the home of the Scout Association in Britain, has magnificent views, and there is an exciting range of adventure activities for kids of all ages, including climbing, swimming, zip wire, and more.
There are also a range of faith spaces for worship and quiet contemplation, including chapels, a synagogue and Buddhist Sala, not to mention the extensive woodland around the site. A mosque is currently under construction.
Access to participation
Gilwell Park is almost completely wheelchair accessible. There is no Hearing Induction Loop available. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. If you have specific requirements to help you participate fully please contact us.
What the accommodation is like
The most affordable option: bring your own tent and food. You can buy food on Chingford High Street two miles away and we hope to have a small shop on-site to sell some essentials. Some shared camp kitchen facilities will be provided. These will be meat-free spaces for food hygiene reasons: if you want to cook meat, please do so with consideration for others and use designated washing-up stations.
Bring your own tent and eat delicious local, organic, vegetarian food, lovingly prepared for you by our catering teams.
Dormitory catered [SOLD OUT]
Stay in one of the modern lodges with a vareity of small rooms, some with en-suite facilities. Eat delicious local, organic, vegetarian food, lovingly prepared for you by our catering teams.
Tented Village catered
Take the stress out of camping by arriving to find a tent already ready for you with mattress, trunk for your belongings and lantern. Toilets and showers are a short walk away.
NB these tents have almost sold out, but we will be making some 4-person tents available. These will be erected and waiting for you, but without any mattress or anything else in them.
If you prefer the extra level of comfort provided by a hotel there is a limited number of rooms in The White House on site or some reasonably priced hotels less then 2 miles away in Sewardstone or Chingford. We will be running shuttle buses during the convergence. For this option you will need to book and pay for your hotel separately, but you will be fully catered for with 3 meals per day.
Address: Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre, London, E4 7QW, England.
If you would like more information on public transport to Gilwell Park, please download this handy document with travel costs and times for a number of journey options.
You can walk to Gilwell Park from Chingford station in half an hour or there are private taxis available from outside the station. A minibus shuttle will be running on the afternoon of Thursday 10th in exchange for donations.
The convergence is not far from from the River Lea cycle path, although on top of hill so taking your bike on the train would be a good bet. Bikes aren't allowed on the peak-time trains from 4:30pm 6:30pm. Please note cycle helmets should be worn when cycling around Gilwell Park.
Trains run to and from Chingford railway station 4 times an hour on weekdays and weekends. It is in Zone 5. To get an idea of journey time and costs follow this link and amend the 'From' station to be your local station. There is a direct service to Chingford from Liverpool Street station in central London with a journey time of less than half an hour.
Participants traveling from Europe could travel on the 30 daily Eurostar services from Paris and Brussels that terminate at London St. Pancras International, which is 40 minutes away by train and underground.
Gilwell Park is not far from 5 international airports. Heathrow (LHR), Stansted (STN), Gatwick (LGW) and Luton (LTN) airports are all approximatiely 100 minutes by public transport. London City Airport (LCY) is only 11 miles / 17 kilometres away, but has no long haul flights.
From Heathrow you can take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Station. From there, take the Circle or Hammersmith and City line on the underground (tube) to London Liverpool Street station, then get an Overground train to Chingford.
Local taxi numbers (these firms offer short local journeys, e.g. from Chingford Station to Gilwell Park, as well as airport transfers which should be booked in advance)
Advance Cars: 02085099999 / 02085091111
Ambassador Cars: 02083479999
Redbridge Radio Cars: 02085204444
The site layout design is described in this short video:
The British permaculture convergence 2014 was held at Gilwell Park and the site design trialled. There was lots of positive and constructive feedback harvested, allowing the convergence coordination team to hone the design. The Scout Association map shows some extent of the site.
"Aside from the great people, great food and great environment, what I love about the Convergence is how it always feels so enjoyably valuable as a part of the organic process of keeping the permaculture movement growing and moving forward, both in the UK and internationally." - Attendee, British Convergence 2014