Park news

Nelson Square grand opening

Over 300 people attended the official opening ceremony at Nelson Square on Friday 7 April, including the Mayor of Southwark and Councillor Kath Whittam. Improvements include a new play area for children under 5; a multi-use sports pitch, basketball hoop, table tennis and outdoor gym equipment as well as beautifully landscaped gardens.

New and improved: St Mary’s Churchyard

St Mary's Churchyard - Jet plaza
Jet plaza

We are excited to announce the completion of the second phase of works at St Mary’s Churchyard Park. The re-designed park is located between three major new developments in Elephant and Castle - the Castle Leisure Centre, Highpoint Tower and One The Elephant, and has been significantly upgraded to introduce a stunning ornamental pond and paved water jet plaza. With a new playground installed in the park early last year, works to the Eastern section of the park  began in Autumn 2016. The new pond is surrounded by wildlife planting and includes a central water fountain.  The plaza provides new seating set around a  raised, water jet feature with multi- coloured, interactive spot lights. The area will remain closed to the public for the next few weeks to allow for the new planting to establish and a formal opening event is planned for this Spring.

Southwark Athletics Centre

Sports and Leisure Management have been awarded the contract to refurbish Southwark Athletics Centre in Southwark Park. The refurbished building will provide changing facilities, catering facilities and sanitary accommodation to users and spectators of the track as well as a medium sized gym focused towards athletics and a club room for events.

Fancy a game of tennis

Refurbished tennis courts at Tanner Street Park are ready for play! Located just round the corner from Bermondsey Street, the four courts are free to use, so get down early as they’re bound to be popular.

Pullens Gardens get’s the green light

Planning approval has been gained for a proposal to improve Pullens Gardens near Elephant and Castle. The new design includes a new play area, park furniture, lighting and a dog area.

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.

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. 

Public Space Protection Order

Southwark Council would like your view on introducing a Public Space Protection Order for encouraging responsible dog ownership in the borough.

To find out more about this consultation and to fill in a short questionnaire, visit Let's talk about dogs page.

If any queries regarding the consultation, please contact

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Last updated: 25 April 2017