Cultural Ecosystems Mapping Pilot: Hackney Wick & Fish Island

Project description: 

The cultural Ecosystem Services provided by the Hackney Wick, East London area were mapped using participatory methods. A pilot workshop was held in Hackney Wick in June 2014. A participatory mapping exercise was conducted with local residents to derive local community values. Multiple maps were printed, showing both an aerial and a street view. Residents were encouraged to use pens, sticker dots and post-it notes to annotate maps to show cultural services. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) categorisation of cultural ecosystem services was utilised. Participants were asked to identify recreation uses, cultural uses and problem areas. The aim of this project was to combine cultural ecosystems mapping with cultural planning.

Organisations involved: 

Middlesex University, hydrocitizenship

Scale of project: 
Hackney Wick, East London
Total area covered by project: 
125 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Notes on sources of baseline data used: 

Aerial and Street View Map of Hackney Wick

Contact name: 
Ozlem Edizel
Contact job title: 
Researcher on the Hydrocitizenship project at Middlesex University
University of Westminster, Middlesex University
35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
020 7911 5000 ext 64647