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Smaller parks and gardens

All Hallows' Churchyard

Pepper Street, SE1.
Small churchyard maintained by local residents and enjoyed  by local people and workers. The churchyard is also known as Copperfield Street Community Gardens.

Bird in Bush Park

Bird in Bush Road, SE15.
Bird in Bush Park features a fruit orchard and sensory garden with decorative signage produced by local young people. This small park also provides a BMX track with organised sessions and a playground for older children.

Brimmington Park

Culmore Road, SE15.
Just off the Old Kent Road, Brimmington Park provides a relaxing space, multi use sports facility and a new children's playground completed in 2008. Events are held by local residents. 

The Friends of Brimmington Park work with Southwark Council to help secure and promote the conservation and protection of the park for the benefit of wildlife and the community. If you want to get involved and make a difference, contact the Friends of Brimmington Park at editor@brimmington-green.co.uk

Brunswick Park

St Giles Road, SE22.
This small neighbourhood park is popular with locals providing opportunities for sport and relaxation. Facilities include free tennis courts and a children's play area.

Calypso Gardens 

Calypso Crescent, SE15.
A small neighbourhood park surrounded by residential housing, popular with residents and not far from Burgess Park.   

Camberwell Green

Camberwell Road, SE5.
Camberwell Green lies at a busy crossroads in the centre of Camberwell. A small area of common land, it was once a traditional village green on which, for several centuries, an annual fair was held. Today, Camberwell Green is home to a number of annual events such as Bonkersfest: a free annual one-day festival, illuminating and celebrating madness, creativity, individuality and eccentricity; combating stigma; and promoting good mental health through arts and music.

Camberwell New Cemetery 

Brenchley Gardens, SE23.
Opened in 1929, a busy cemetery with over 78'000 burials.

Camberwell Old Cemetery 

Forest Hill Road, SE23.
Opened in 1859, a peaceful and tranquil Cemetery in the heart of South London.

Cathedral Square

This small Square, formerly known as Hibernia Wharf and Montague Close, sits between Southwark Cathedral and the River Thames, offering views across the river and featuring stones from the old London Bridge.

Cherry Gardens  

Bermondsey Wall East, SE16.
A charming stone path meanders through shrubs and trees running alongside the edge of the Thames. In Stuart times Rotherhithe was famous for its' cherry trees.

Christchurch Gardens 

Blackfriars Road, SE1.
The Gardens surrounding the Church have a small playground and a listed drinking fountain and offer a green haven for church-goers and office workers. The flower beds are managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who organise regular gardening days for volunteers and Steering Group meetings for the Gardens. For more information contact BOST.   

Consort Park 

Consort Road, SE15.
A small park adjacent to Dr Harold Moody Park with a children's play area.

Cossall Park 

Cossall Walk, SE15.
A small park tucked behind Queen's Road in Peckham, this park has got a children's play area and now benefits from a newly formed Friends group.  

Cumberland Wharf  

Rotherhithe Street, SE16.
An attractive and secluded small park adjacent to the Thames Path national trail and the Jubilee Greenway.

David Copperfield Gardens 

New Kent Road, SE1. 
The Gardens were refurbished in 2007 to offer a landscaped area as a contrast to the busy New Kent Road which runs alongside.  

Deal Porters Walk

Deal Porters Walk, SE16.
Starting from Salter Road alongside Surrey Water and then weaving its' way towards Canada Water, this is a pleasant tree lined walkway with numerous grass verges and seating.

Dog Kennel Hill

Dog Kennel Hill, SE22.
A small woodland park with a picnic area.

Dr Harold Moody Park 

Consort Road, SE15.
A small neighbourhood park adjacent to Consort Park with children's play area, table tennis tables and basketball court.

Dulwich Library Garden

Lordship Lane, SE21.
Attractive formal gardens at the rear of the library.

Durand's Wharf

Rotherhithe Street, SE16.
On the far eastern edge of Rotherhithe and next to the Thames, this park offers a wide tree lined avenue and open grassland - a peaceful space for everyone to enjoy.

Falmouth Road 

Falmouth Road, SE1.
Located at the New Kent Road end of Falmouth Road, this landscaped park has a multi use games area and a children's playground.

Faraday Gardens  

Portland Street, SE17.
These Gardens adjoin St Peters Churchyard close to Walworth Road. Features include a multi use games area, a children's playground and a conservation area which provides an important habitat for wildlife.  


Melon Road, SE15.
A small grassed area adjacent to Peckham Pulse in the centre of Peckham.  

Goose Green 

East Dulwich, SE15.
Once common land, the site was preserved as public open space by the Camberwell Vestry. The Green is well used as a venue for local community events.

Guy Street Park

Guy Street, SE1.
Guy Street Park, a small urban park near London Bridge, was refurbished in April 2003.  Improvements include a playground for older children, a multi use play area, a picnic area and a community garden.

Hankey Place Gardens  

Pilgrimage Street, SE1.
Small well kept Gardens with rose beds and trees on Manciple Street just off Long Lane.  

Highshore Road Open Space   

Highshore Road, SE15.
A small pocket park with seating and shrubbery in residential surrounds and close to Rye Lane in the heart of Peckham.

Holly Grove Shrubbery    

Holly Grove, SE15.
A small linear park with shrubs and seating a stone's throw from Peckham Rye Station.

Holy Trinity Churchyard  

Rotherhithe Street, SE16.
A small churchyard and a quiet haven set in an ever changing part of the London docklands.

Honor Oak Crematorium

Brenchley Gardens, SE23.
Beautiful ornamental gardens with listed chapel.  

Honor Oak Sports Ground

Honor Oak Park, SE23.
Honor Oak was preserved as open space in the late 1890s. The site includes two football pitches, two tennis courts, a playground and picnic area.

Kennington Open Space 

Camberwell New Road, SE5.
This small green space is located on John Ruskin Street and adjoins Kennington Park, which is managed by Lambeth Council. It offers an outdoor gym.   

King Edward III Manor House 

Bermondsey Wall East, SE16.
An open piece of grassland featuring stone remains of the residence of a previous monarch, King Edward III reigned from 1327 and 1377.  

King George's Field

Lower Road, SE16.
A medium sized park of open grassland and trees, this park can be used as a pleasant walk-through to and from Canada Water station.  

King's Stairs Gardens

Jamaica Road, SE16.
King's Stairs Gardens is a riverside park connecting with Jamaica Road. King Edward III used the stairs to access his manor house on Bermondsey Wall East.

Kirkwood Road Nature Garden 

Kirkwood Road, SE15.
Located at the end of Kirkwood Road this small linear nature reserve provides a pleasant enclave and is popular with dog walkers and now has a newly formed Friends group.

Leathermarket Gardens

Weston Street, SE1.
Leathermarket Gardens contains open walking spaces and formal gardens. The name comes from the historic leather markets and tanneries nearby.

Leyton Square

Peckham Park Road, SE15.
A pocket park in a residential area with a children's play area and outdoor gym.

Little Dorrit Park  

Borough High Street, SE1. 
The  park has a children's play area in a landscaped setting. Dogs are allowed in the small peace garden which adjoins the play area. The flower beds are managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who organise regular gardening days for volunteers and Steering Group meetings; for more information contact BOST.

Long Lane Park   

Long Lane, SE1.
A children's play area in a landscaped setting with mature trees situated between Long Lane and a residential area.   

Long Meadow 

Gipsy Hill, SE19.
A small area of open grass areas with seating.

Lucas Gardens

Peckham Road, SE5.
A small Victorian Park providing a pleasant retreat located opposite Southwark Town Hall.

Lyndhurst Square

Lyndhurst Square, SE15.
A small fenced park in a residential square.  

Marlborough Playground  

Union Street, SE1.
Also known as Marlborough Sports Garden, this multi use games playground offers a variety of sports facilities which can be booked. Managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust; for more information contact BOST.

Mint Street Park

Mint Street, SE1.
Situated in the space occupied previously by the Evelina Children's Hospital (1869 - 1976), Mint Street Park was developed as a local play space and venue for community events. The park includes an adventure play facility, multi use games area and an outdoor gym. The flower beds are managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who organise regular gardening days for volunteers and Steering Group meetings; for more information contact BOST.

Nelson Square 

Nelson Square, SE1.
Located amongst local houses just off Union Street, this park boasts a children's playground and a multi use games area, as well as a small garden area and mature trees. Please note this park will be closed for refurbishment from September 2016 for approximately four months.

Neptune Street Park   

Neptune Street, SE16.
A dog free environment, this small park provides for a quiet area just moments from the busy Lower Road in Rotherhithe. Seating is provided and there is an attractive vine-covered veranda.

Newington Gardens 

Harper Road, SE15.
Located just off the Newington Causeway, this park has two multi-use courts available for free play, as well as two children's play areas, in a landscaped setting with mature trees.

Nunhead Cemetery    

Linden Grove, SE15.
One of the Magnificent 7 Victorian Cemeteries with breathtaking views of St Pauls and the city.

Nunhead Green    

Nunhead Lane, SE15.
Nunhead's village green is located between Nunhead Lane and Evelina Road, and is popular for events as well as a casual stroll. The Green has picnic tables, a children's play area and a platform for performances, whether organised or impromptu. It also features works by local artists.

Nursery Row Park

East Street, Orb Street and Brandon Street, SE17.
This park, which has held a Green Flag since 2014, is located in Walworth, nestled between Brandon street, Stead street, Orb street and the East Street Market. It offers 1.76 hectares of public green space and includes 2 playgrounds for children of different ages, a wildlife meadow and a community orchard. It is central to the community and benefits from an active Friends group who maintain the flower beds within the park and organise local events; for more information please visit the Nursery Row Friends Group website.

One Tree Hill

Brenchley Gardens, SE23.
The name originates from the oak of Honor Hill and it is said that Elizabeth I picnicked under the oak at the summit of the hill. The oak tree surrounded by railings was planted c1905 as a successor to the historic one. The site has many ancient trees and is a designated nature reserve. Rail: Honor Oak Park. Bus: Numbers P4 and P12.

Paragon Gardens

New Kent Road, SE1.
With mature trees and planted areas the Gardens provide a peaceful green haven away from the busy main road which runs alongside.

Pasley Park

Chapter Road, SE17. 
Formerly known as Surrey Gardens and the site of a zoological garden in the 19th century, Pasley Park is well used by local residents and boasts a play area and designated dog exercise areas. It was awarded a Green Flag in 2016 and has an active Friends group who organise the annual summer fair and dog show. The Walworth Garden Farm is a close neighbour on Braganza Street.  

Paterson Park

Lynton Road, SE16.
Paterson Park is built on land that was once railway sidings bombed in World War II. The first section of the park was opened in 1953. In 2007, improvements were made to create a well designed open space to meet the needs of the local community. New facilities include a children's play area, allotments and a multiuse games area.

Pearson's Park  

Rotherhithe Street, SE16.
This park has open green spaces and a large interactive children's play area.  

Peckham Common North 

Nunhead Lane, SE15.
Adjacent to the northern edge of Peckham Rye Park and on the opposite side of Nunhead Lane, this is an open area of ancient common.

Pelier Park

Pelier Street, SE17.
Located on Fielding Street and just off Walworth Road, this park has a multi use games area, a children's playground and dog exercise area.  

Piermont Green

Piermont  Green, SE22.
Opposite the western edge of Peckham Rye Park, this is a small open green surrounded by residential housing.

Potters Field Park

Tooley Street, SE1.
Potters Field Park, on the south bank of the River Thames between City Hall and Tower Bridge, was reopened in April 2007 after a major refurbishment. The garden planting was designed by the internationally known plantsman Piet Ouldolf and the site is now managed by Potters Field Park Management Trust. For more information see the Potters Fields website. 

Red Cross Garden

Red Cross Way, SE1.
The restored gardens were reopened in 2006 by Princess Anne and are managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST). Red Cross Garden was awarded a Green Flag in 2016, features a pond and the borders are designed to be attractive and to provide a habitat for wildlife. A mosaic created by local school children depicts the original creation of the garden by Octavia Hill in the 19th century. For more information contact BOST.

St George's Churchyard and Gardens   

Tabard Street, SE1.
Located just off Borough High Street, with small gardens and a churchyard opposite.  

St Giles' Churchyard  

Peckham Road, SE5.
Attractive formal gardens at the rear of the church, includes some attractive grave stones.

St James's Churchyard

Thurland Road, SE16.
Larger than most churchyards in the borough, St James Churchyard in Bermondsey is a lovely open space recently refurbished with new plants and walkways. You can become part of a Friends of the Churchyard group and be involved in the future development of the space. 

St John's Churchyard  

Tower Bridge Road and Tooley Street, SE1.
Virtually opposite Potters Field Park, this park has recently been refurbished with an improved playground for younger children, a mini adventure playground for slightly older children, new seating throughout, some in the shape of letters, and new planting beds.

St Mary Magdalen Churchyard

Tower Bridge Road, SE1.
Also accessed from Bermondsey Street and the eastern end of Long Lane,  this park provides a handy cut through for commuters, seating, open grassland and many listed tombs and monuments.

St Mary's Churchyard, Rotherhithe  

St Marychurch Street, SE16.
Just round the corner from Southwark Park and King's Stairs Gardens, this is a small churchyard in a quiet and attractive area. There are several gravestones and a small children's play area.

St Mary's Churchyard Gardens, Rotherhithe  

St Marychurch Street, SE16.
Directly opposite St. Mary's Churchyard, this is a small pocket park with a circular walk around a central park area and ample seating.

St Mary's Churchyard, Newington

Newington Butts, SE17.
Once a large churchyard, St Mary's Newington has been transformed under the Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme into an extremely popular and well-used park adjoining the Castle leisure Centre. It consists of a children's playground and a central grass area surrounded by large London Plane trees. A new plaza area with seating, new planting and a water feature will open in late 2016.

St Mary's Frobisher

St Mary's Road, SE15.
A recently refurbished park with a unique children's play area and attractive mosaic pathway. The park was once a dark underused space but redevelopment plans began in 2010 and the park is now a Green Flag site. Visit our dedicated web page for more information about this park.

St Peter's Churchyard   

Liverpool Grove, SE17.
This peaceful churchyard adjoins Faraday Gardens close to Walworth Road and comprises a rose garden, mature trees and a community garden.   

Salisbury Row Park  

Chatham Street, SE16.
Set within a residential area close to the Bricklayers Arms interchange where New Kent Road and Old Kent Road merge, this park has a nature area and children's playground. It has a variety of planted areas and trees and has held a Green Flag since 2015. The park benefits from an active Friends group who organise community planting days and manage the nature area and adjacent community orchard. The Darwin Community Centre and a multi-use games court are next to the park.

Shuttleworth Park    

Southwark Park Road, SE16.
A small space running alongside a busy street bustling with shoppers, the park has a children's playground.

Southwark Sports Ground 

Dulwich Common, SE21.
Formal area for football and outdoor bowls.

Sumner Park  

Sumner Road, SE15.
A small neighbourhood park surrounded by residential housing, with a children's play area and a boardwalk.  

Sunray Gardens

Sunray Avenue, SE22.
Refurbished in 2001, this well used local park, formerly part of the gardens of Casino House still maintains many of its original landscape characteristics. A feature of the park is the large lake. Other facilities in the park include children's play area and multi use games area.

Surrey Square Park

Surrey Square, SE17
This park is located between the densely populated Kinglake and Aylesbury estates and Surrey Square, and features a children's playground, a wildlife area (which has featured on BBC's Breathing Space programme), natural play equipment, community planting, wildflower meadow areas and the Peter Martin memorial garden. The Friends of Surrey Park work closely with Southwark Council and the park has held a Green Flag since 2014. More information is available at the Friends of Surrey Square Park website.

Sutherland Square Garden 

Sutherland Square, SE17.
A small tranquil green space in the Square in a residential area just off Walworth Road.

Tanner Street Park    

Tanner Street, SE1.
Refurbished in 2004, this is a pleasant park that creates a handy shortcut through to Bermondsey Street. The park also has a number of tennis courts, which are free to use. Coaching is available for children on Saturdays between 10am and 2.45pm, as well as holiday camps during the Summer. These occur from Monday to Friday between 10am and 1.30pm during the school holiday season. For more details regarding coaching and summer camps contact southwarkcitytennisclub@hotmail.co.uk

Victory Community Park

Victory Place, SE17.
Refurbished in 2007, this small park features a children's play area for under 5s, a multi use games zone designed for teens, a world border with unusual plants, nature area (open by appointment) and a stunning  mural, linked by a boardwalk. Community planting days and events are organised by the local community and the park was awarded a Green Flag in 2016.

Warwick Gardens

Lyndhurst Way, SE15.
Warwick Gardens is a small park well used by the local community, and has now been awarded a Green Flag. The play area is a meeting point for local families and the five-a-side football pitch ideal for informal kickabouts.

West Square Garden 

West Square, SE11. 
the tranquil Gardens a located in a small square in a quiet residential area near Geraldine Mary Harmsworth park and feature rose beds and mature trees, including venerable Mulberry trees.

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