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.
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.”
The eagerly anticipated renovation of Pullens Gardens in Walworth will complete in November. The park has been given a much needed makeover with a new playground, community plant beds, picnic and seating areas.
Top Quality Play
Brunswick Park Play Area - Demolition of the old play area is complete and construction of the exciting new play area is completed and has its opening Saturday 21st October 2017 further information available on our events culture and heritage page
Southwark Park Playground consultation is now live until Sunday 29th October. Take a look at the plans and have your say online.
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.
BMX Track London
In October over 1,000 participants had fun racing at the BMX Track London and that’s excluding visits by our resident Peckham BMX Club. For Rock Up And Ride sessions there is no need to book, but make sure you get in touch to find out how you can get accredited first.
Southwark are the London Youth Games BMX and Wingz BMX champions (3 years in a row) after narrowly beating off Ealing and Hackney at the end of a thrilling day at Brockwell Park. The reigning champions claimed three victories out of a possible 11 on a sweltering day.
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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Last updated: 20 October 2017