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Russia Dock Woodland

Russia Dockland Woodland


Salter Road, SE16
Entrance - Redriff Road and Downtown Road

How to get there

  • Tube - Canada Water
  • Buses - 381, C10

Facilities and features

  • shared cycle and pedestrian route
  • dog walking area - be responsible and dispose of your dog's mess
  • games area - grassy open area suitable for informal games (such as rounders, frisbee, 5 a side etc)
  • picnic area - many great picnic spots to choose from
  • children’s playground for children up to the age 14
  • Stave Hill ecological park

About the park

Russia Dock Woodland first won the prestigious Green Flag in 2009.

History of the park

Following the closure of the Rotherhithe docks in the 1970s, the Rotherhithe Peninsula was redeveloped by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC). In 1980, Russia Dock (originally a dock used for importing timber from Norway, Russia and Sweden) was transformed into a native grass area for recreational activities. A series of water channels and ponds provide habitats for kingfishers and herons.

The park still contains surviving dock features including the retaining wall capstones and mooring chains. In 1985, the LDDC added an artificial hill, Stave Hill, to the west edge of the park, using waste material and rubble. A relief map, of the former docks in cast bronze by Michael Rizzello, stands at the top of the hill.

Friends group

Find out about our Friends of Russia Dock Woodland. You can join the mailing group or call 020 7237 7586 / 07947 275386.

You can also send a letter to:

Friends of Russia Dock Woodland
5 Somerford Way
SE16 6QN

Page last updated: 10 October 2023


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