Parks update - COVID-19

Parks and services are open as normal

Biodiversity agenda

As part of our commitment to encourage even greater biodiversity and address the Climate Emergency, we are reviewing the way we maintain grassed areas.

Park users will notice that we have relaxed grass mowing in some areas of our parks. For example, around the edges of our parks, under trees and perhaps in existing conservation areas as well. If you look closely you will see greater diversity in wildflowers already. But, over time, and with a little careful management, we hope to see even more wildflowers blooming in these spaces. These will encourage more bees, butterflies and other local wildlife as well.

However, we understand that our parks play many roles for many people, and we have been careful to balance these new changes and ensure that there is still plenty of space for people to relax, have picnics, play sports and enjoy the outdoors. We can reassure you that we will continue to maintain plenty of grassed areas for this to continue as well.

Southwark Park

Help us celebrate Southwark Park’s 150th birthday

Southwark Park
Southwark Park

Southwark Park first opened its gates to the public in 1869, and was one of the earliest parks to be opened by the Metropolitan Board of Works.

The council is looking to support local people, organisations, schools and businesses in celebrating this important birthday by commissioning a programme of activities and events to take place from 15 to 23 June 2019.

The Green Flag Award winning park has some amazing facilities including a bandstand, two galleries, a running track, large open spaces, quiet secluded spots, a lake, a bowling green nature reserve and a new café.

We'd like you to submit your event proposals. We've created a small pot of funding for you to bid for if you need any financial help.

Please download the following PDF for more information about Southwark Park, how to submit your event to be part of the programme, what we’re looking for, the funding criteria and how to apply:

Page last updated: 07 September 2021

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