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Parks and open spaces news
Published on 22 August 2016
If you’re aiming to round off the summer holidays with a Bank Holiday barbecue this weekend, the Southwark food safety team and Food Standards Agency have some advice to help make it a safe success.
Published on 13 November 2015
A small but historic part of Southwark was officially ‘re-opened’ following a major refurbishment yesterday.
Published on 28 July 2015
This year, 23 green spaces in Southwark were given the prestigious Green Flag Award for proven excellence in the management of parks and green spaces.
Published on 10 June 2015
Come and get up close with nature this summer at the new and improved Benhill Road Nature Garden, Camberwell, SE5.
Published on 6 March 2015
Southwark Council's cabinet have agreed £1.5 million of funding towards the redevelopment of key parts of Southwark Park.
Published on 25 February 2015
There is still time for Southwark residents to have their say on proposed improvement plans for Southwark Park.
Published on 3 February 2015
The so-called 'Southwark Woods' in fact refers to an overgrown and contaminated area within Camberwell Old Cemetery currently fenced off to members of the public.
Published on 18 December 2014
Southwark Park and Burgess Park’s BMX track have both been named Principal Winners at the prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards.
Published on 17 November 2014
Southwark's award winning Burgess Park is set to receive further improvement to continue its successful revitalisation scheme.
Published on 17 October 2014
Local residents celebrated the reopening of Parkers Row Garden yesterday afternoon follow its recent refurbishments using a Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) award with a delightful 'Tea in the Garden' event.
Published on 30 September 2014
Nursery Row Park celebrated its Green Flag Award win on Saturday afternoon with a flag raising event during its annual Apple Day celebrations.
Published on 24 September 2014
Southwark Park and Burgess Park’s BMX track have both been awarded the prestigious BALI National Landscape Award.
Published on 17 September 2014
A second consultation event on the future of Green Dale Fields will be taking place on Saturday 27 September from 11am to 3pm at Dog Kennel Hill Open Space.
Published on 12 September 2014
Surrey Square Park has celebrated its Green Flag Award win with a flag raising event.
Published on 12 September 2014
The regeneration of Nunhead Green is now complete and it will be opening to the public on Friday 12 September.
Published on 11 September 2014
Come on down for the first ever event on the newly refurbished Nunhead Green this Friday 12 September and experience a bike-powered cinema.
Published on 31 July 2014
Southwark is now home to the most Green Flag awarded parks in South London and the third most in London.
Published on 2 May 2014
The 'Three Perpetual Chords' sculpture by artist Conrad Shawcross was approved by Southwark Council’s planning committee yesterday.
Published on 5 February 2014
The long-term vision of Burgess Park is soon to be realised as Southwark Council announces plans to improve the entrance area by New Church Road and Southampton Way.
Published on 23 December 2013
An update on parks and fallen trees during the severe weather.
Published on 19 December 2013
For Southwark residents looking for great ways to spend winter days then the beautiful open spaces of South East London could be the answer.
Published on 19 December 2013
Southwark Council's grounds maintenance provider, Quadron Services Ltd, have been honoured with three prestigious awards.
Published on 25 November 2013
Grey pavements will be transformed into green spaces, as Southwark Council reveals plans for two new pocket parks.
Published on 21 November 2013
Eight Southwark parks have secured funding from the Queen Elizabeth II Field's London Legacy Fund. This brings the total of external funding received for Southwark’s parks to £7,518,000 since 2011.
Published on 30 September 2013
The Burgess Park BMX Track this weekend hosted the BMX South Region Championships 2013.
Published on 19 August 2013
The Burgess Park BMX Track was hailed as the country's best by British Cycling at its official launch last week.
Published on 8 August 2013
Three parks in Southwark have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. Burgess Park, Belair Park and Tabard Gardens are now ranked amongst the best parks and open spaces in the country.
Published on 19 July 2013
One of Southwark’s most popular skate parks has to close for six weeks over the summer due to essential rail network repairs - but users can still try out some of the borough’s other venues.
Published on 16 May 2013
The rich and unique heritage of Southwark’s largest park will be celebrated this Saturday as the May Fair festival returns to Burgess Park.
Published on 15 May 2013
Southwark residents can have their say on plans to transform St Mary's Park, the green space at the heart of Elephant & Castle, in a month-long public consultation.
Published on 10 May 2013
Southwark council is encouraging people to get out and enjoy some of the borough’s 130 parks and open spaces to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13 to 19).
Published on 9 May 2013
With warmer weather and a series of national walking weeks planned, May is the perfect time for people to take to the streets and explore Southwark by foot.
Published on 15 April 2013
Hundreds of people turned out to take part in Southwark Council’s Tree Tales workshop and stunning finale in Dulwich Park last weekend – despite the weather taking a turn for the worse.
Published on 31 January 2013
A group of green-fingered pupils from nearby Cobourg primary school and Sacred Heart secondary school swapped the classroom for an alfresco lesson planting real trees in Burgess Park.
Published on 30 January 2013
The commissioning process for the new sculpture for Dulwich Park has gained momentum with the announcement of the four shortlisted artists.
Published on 17 December 2012
Southwark Council has appointed The Contemporary Art Society to lead the commission process for a new sculpture for Dulwich Park.
Published on 12 October 2012
As the excitement builds in the run up to Halloween and fireworks night, work is going on behind the scenes to keep the borough safe.
Published on 5 September 2012
Southwark Council welcomed 3,000 people to the newly transformed and fully re-opened Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.
Published on 28 August 2012
Southwark Council looks forward to welcoming the local community to Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.
Published on 24 August 2012
Local people in Southwark have chosen how they'd prefer to replace the £500,000 Barbara Hepworth statue, which was stolen from Dulwich Park in December 2011.
Published on 24 August 2012
We need your vote to make the children's play area within Leathermarket Gardens a fantastic space for all to enjoy.
Published on 30 July 2012
St John’s Churchyard in Southwark has reopened following major environmental improvements.
Published on 20 July 2012
Burgess Park, one of South London's biggest parks is opening with a fun-filled open day on Saturday 21 July, following an £8 million major transformation.
Published on 19 July 2012
Southwark parks have been awarded an additional four Green Flags, now boasting a total of 14 flags, up from ten last year and eight the year before.
Published on 2 July 2012
A new timber framed boathouse has been officially opened in Dulwich Park.
Published on 19 June 2012
Southwark Council is inviting expressions of interest from experienced catering businesses to take over the running and management of the Burgess Park Café.
Published on 13 June 2012
One of South London's biggest parks will reopen its gates to the public with a fun-filled open day on 21 July following an £8 million major transformation, Southwark Council has announced.
Published on 30 May 2012
The £8m redevelopment of Southwark's Burgess Park is almost complete with key areas of the park to reopen in late July 2012.
Published on 22 May 2012
Southwark Council has installed a new lighting system to the Michael Faraday (1791-1867) Memorial in Elephant and Castle.
Published on 12 April 2012
Art will not be hidden away from residents despite the threat of metal thieves and vandals council chiefs vowed today.
Published on 19 March 2012
Thames Water have said that they will be issuing a hosepipe ban throughout London from 5 April.
Published on 7 March 2012
A riverside park in Rotherhithe has been named as London's newest village green following a campaign by local residents.
Published on 5 March 2012
The council is to ask residents what artwork should replace the Barbara Hepworth sculpture that was stolen by suspected scrap metal thieves last year.
Published on 1 February 2012
International soul sensation Alexander O'Neal is to headline the annual Bermondsey Carnival this summer. The legendary singer will perform at the carnival in Southwark Park on 2 June, which this year is taking place on the same weekend as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Published on 23 January 2012
The first of dozens of new trees have been planted at Burgess Park as part of its ongoing multimillion pound makeover, council chiefs have anounced.
Published on 16 November 2011
Two disused industrial tanks have been discovered buried deep in the ground in Burgess Park by Southwark Council while carrying out a major redevelopment of the site.
Published on 31 October 2011
Southwark Council today backed an independent commission questioning the need for plans by Thames Water to build a £3.6bn "super-sewer" across London.
Published on 1 September 2011
Southwark Council’s project to transform an overlooked and dangerous part of the Elephant and Castle into a popular community space has been recognised as the best in the country.
Published on 29 July 2011
Southwark parks now boast 10 Green Flags, up from eight last year and seven the year before.
Published on 22 July 2011
Work has officially begun on a multimillion pound renovation of Burgess Park in Southwark, to create a new play area, landscaped spaces and a bigger, more attractive lake when it reopens next spring.
Published on 26 May 2011
London’s South Bank, one of the capital’s most popular visitor destinations, is set to benefit from a £4 million makeover from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in time for the 2012 Games.
Published on 21 April 2011
Over 90,000 new plants are to go in by spring 2012, with a temporary partial closure programme in place to allow works to progress.
Published on 4 April 2011
Sparrows in Southwark are bucking a London trend by flocking to Southwark in greater numbers thanks to meadows planted in Walworth and Peckham, according to an independent annual survey.
Published on 2 February 2011
Burgess Park has got the green light for its £6m makeover, after planners at Southwark Council approved the project.
Published on 8 September 2010
Southwark won its first ever gold in the London in Bloom competition this year.
Published on 27 July 2010
On 26 July Southwark Council’s cabinet approved a landmark agreement between the authority and Berkeley Homes on the future development of Potters Fields, a high profile site in London’s South Bank.
Published on 25 May 2010
An eighteen month long project to transform a park in Peckham has been unveiled.
Published on 24 May 2010
An eighteen month long project to transform a park in Peckham has been unveiled