Gilwell Park near Chingford has been the home of scouting for over 100 years.

Having identified that Scouts from the East End of London had no suitable outdoor venue, the association found and purchased the estate for £7,000 in 1919.  

Rover Scouts were volunteered to repair the dilapidated White House in readiness for the official opening on July 26 that year.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Gilwell Park sits on 106 acresGilwell Park sits on 106 acres (Image: Gary Stone)

Today the estate covers 109-acres and welcomes scouts from all over the world.