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St Mary’s Churchyard Park

St Mary’s Churchyard Park

Families celebrated the official opening of the revitalised St Mary’s Churchyard Park at Elephant and Castle this summer. Deputy

Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Jamille Mohammed, led the countdown to the ‘big switch on’ of 2 stunning new water features at the park. Over £1m has been spent on a complete makeover of the park, which sits next to the council’s brand new Castle Leisure Centre. The project, completed in spring, introduced a paved plaza with interactive water jets and an ornamental pond, fringed with wildlife planting and features a central water fountain.

We have also received confirmation that St Mary’s Churchyard Park has won a prestigious award for Landscaping Construction. Since the churchyard re- opened in July it has become a much loved open space at the heart of Elephant and Castle. Now the beautiful landscaping has been recognised by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). An Awards Ceremony will be held in December 2017.

Mayflower Park

Mayflower Park

Southwark Council opened a brand new park on Salter Road in Rotherhithe. On 11 August, Mayflower Park opened its gates to local people and visitors to the peninsular.

Mayflower Park brings the council’s total number of parks and open spaces to 131 and adds to the broader redevelopment of Surrey Docks.

Fairview Estates helped bring this new public park about, as part of their planning conditions. Mayflower Park is in its infancy, with newly planted trees and associated landscaping.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark Council cabinet member for communities, leisure and safety, said: “We are delighted to bring a new green space to Rotherhithe and I hope it will fast become well used and valued by the local community.”

Top Quality Play

Surrey Docks Adventure Playground

We are closing the Adventure Playground site from 26 February to undertake repairs to the adventure play equipment and the building, and tree pruning. This will take about three weeks and we are aiming to re-open on Tuesday 20 March.

We are committed to keeping the playgrounds open and our play-worker teams have an exciting range of activities to offer. Our normal term-time hours are Tuesday to Friday 3.30pm to 7pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm.

Leyton Square

Works to refurbish the playground at Leyton Square are commencing on site on Wednesday 21 March 2018. The exciting new playground will comprise of a refurbished Multi Use Games Area, a range of challenging play equipment catered to a wide age group and retention of the outdoor gym.

Burgess Park West

The Burgess Park West project has begun construction to include a new play area, bigger nature area, Quietway routes (for cyclists and pedestrians) with lighting, the removal of New Church Road from inside the park, and improvements to Rust Square. If you would like to receive future updates please contact or 020 7525 5133 to join the project mailing list.

Refurbished tennis courts at Burgess Park
Refurbished tennis courts at Burgess Park

Anyone for tennis

Refurbished tennis courts at Burgess Park are ready for play! Located near the Camberwell Road entrance, the courts are managed by Be Active who run courses for beginners and intermediate if you want to improve your game. Private coaching is also available. Please book online.

Honor Oak Crematorium

Works have now completed at Honor Oak Crematorium with the installation of two new mercury abated cremators and improvements to the staff facilities including refurbishment of the office and kitchen facilities.

Second in London and third in England for Green Flags

This year, 25 green spaces in Southwark were given the prestigious Green Flag Award for proven excellence in the management of parks and green spaces. Southwark is second for the most Green Flag Awards in London and third in England.

New award winners Pasley Park in Newington and Victory Park in East Walworth joined 23 green spaces in Southwark which had their Green Flag status renewed. The award recognises the best parks across the country, taking into account environmental factors, management and future planning policies along with community involvement. For more information visit our Green Flag Award page.

BALI Award for Camberwell Green

We’re excited to announce that Camberwell Green has won a prestigious BALI Award in the category of Regeneration schemes over £500,000. Influenced by three public consultations, the revitalisation project was managed by the Parks & Leisure Team, designed by John McAslan and Partners and built by Blakedown Landscapes.

National Award for Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park has received a National Award in the category of “Grounds Maintenance free public access” and awarded to Quadron idverde demonstrating exemplary standards of professional excellence. Quadron idverde maintain this site as part of the wider Parks Grounds maintenance contract. 

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Page last updated: 19 March 2018