Wanstead’s first large scale mural can be found on the side of Nightingale Lane, to raise awareness of the endangered bird. 

Nightingale birds famous for their singing are on a step decline in England one was last heard on Wanstead Flats this spring. 

The mural depicts a nightingale shown in mid song and fills the whole wall with a colourful design. 

Wood Street Walls a company responsible for living up walls in East London, provided funds for the mural and commissioned artists for the project. 

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Artist Gavin McPhail painting the mural.Artist Gavin McPhail painting the mural.

The company reached out to Wanstead artist Kathy Taylor as she was planning to host Festival of Nightingales to inform people of the vanishing bird. 

They offered her the mural design of the bird and asked her to find a suitable site. 

The India Garden restaurant in Nightingale Lane approved the planned design along with  residents. 

Wood Street Walls commissioned artist Gavin McPhail to paint the wall.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The final result which can be found in Nightingale Lane.The final result which can be found in Nightingale Lane. 

Kathy Taylor said: “I am so pleased with how the mural has turned out.  

“I always try to have fun with my activism, and I am hoping this mural encourages people to have more understanding of the endangered bird.” 

The India Garden will host a celebration of the new mural on Sunday 19 September at 2pm booking is required due to limited space.

The Festival of Nightingales is holding a Birds and Butterflies creative day for children accompanied on Saturday 18 September on Nightingale Green, Wanstead.  

There will be craft sessions, face painting, story telling and other activities for children.