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Parks update - COVID-19

Our parks are all open as usual, but the following facilities are closed from 5 January, in line with the government’s new COVID-19 restrictions: all outdoor sports venues, including football, tennis and basketball courts; grass and astro-turf pitches, outdoor gyms and cricket nets.

Russia Dock Woodland

Russia Dockland Woodland

Opening times

See our opening times page.


Salter Road, SE16
Entrance - Redriff Road and Downtown Road

How to get there

  • Car / bike - parking facilities can be found at both park entrances
  • Tube - Canada Water
  • Buses - 381, C10

Facilities and features

  • dog walking area - be responsible and dispose of your dog's mess
  • games area - a grassy open area suitable for informal games (such as rounders, frisbee, 5 a side etc)
  • picnic area - many great picnic spots to choose from

About the park

Russia Dock Woodland won a prestigous Green Flag award this year.

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 here. 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: 22 November 2018

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