Dickens’ Fields

Dickens' Fields play area

The newly revamped park opened to the public on 1 September 2021.

We have implemented landscape improvements to Dickens’ Fields. The project area included Dickens Square Park access road and Butterfly Walk.

The project delivered the following outcomes:

  • created a more welcoming, attractive and accessible park
  • improved visibility around the park, allowing passive surveillance from nearby streets and residences and reducing opportunities for anti-social activity
  • created new entrances and pathways
  • implemented new furniture, play and sports equipment
  • enabled a coherent, well-designed park of high quality that meets the needs of residents and visitors

Our landscape architects, LDA Design, as well as the main contractor, Tilhill Forestry have delivered a fantastic scheme, developed with the local community. 

Ariel view of Dickens' Fields play area

The team has received overwhelmingly positive feedback since the opening of the site, describing the project as a ‘transformation’ and an ‘absolute triumph’.

The new playground is named after Anne Keane who was a local champion, lived on the Rockingham Estate and was the driving force behind the origins and development of the park - including an earlier adventure playground on the old Despatch Motors site. A fitting tribute to a fabulous local woman who deserves recognition. 

For more information, contact parks@southwark.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 11 October 2021

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