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Parks and open spaces news

Two Southwark parks named as some of the best in Britain

Published on 19 September 2016

Green Flag

Two Walworth parks have been recognised as some of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

Have a sizzling and safe barbecue this Bank Holiday weekend

BBQ burgers

Published on 22 August 2016

If you’re aiming to round off the summer holidays with a Bank Holiday barbecue this weekend, the Southwark food safety team and Food Standards Agency have some advice to help make it a safe success.

Historic gardens and statue ‘re-opens’ after re-vamp

Queen Elizabeth Gardens

Published on 13 November 2015

A small but historic part of Southwark was officially ‘re-opened’ following a major refurbishment yesterday.

Southwark takes the silver for Green Flag parks and green spaces in England

Green Flag Award

Published on 28 July 2015

This year, 23 green spaces in Southwark were given the prestigious Green Flag Award for proven excellence in the management of parks and green spaces.

Benhill Road Nature Garden to reopen

Benhill Gardens

Published on 10 June 2015

Come and get up close with nature this summer at the new and improved Benhill Road Nature Garden, Camberwell, SE5.

£2 million funding for Southwark Park

Southwark Park

Published on 6 March 2015

Southwark Council's cabinet have agreed £1.5 million of funding towards the redevelopment of key parts of Southwark Park.

Still time to have your say on Southwark Park improvement plans

Southwark Council logo

Published on 25 February 2015

There is still time for Southwark residents to have their say on proposed improvement plans for Southwark Park.

Southwark Council addresses claims that local ‘woodland’ area is being unduly cleared


Published on 3 February 2015

The so-called 'Southwark Woods' in fact refers to an overgrown and contaminated area within Camberwell Old Cemetery currently fenced off to members of the public.

Two Principal Winner awards for Southwark’s parks at 2014 BALI National Landscape Awards

Southwark Park

Published on 18 December 2014

Southwark Park and Burgess Park’s BMX track have both been named Principal Winners at the prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards.

Next round of improvements planned for Burgess Park

Burgess Park

Published on 17 November 2014

Southwark's award winning Burgess Park is set to receive further improvement to continue its successful revitalisation scheme.

Parkers Row Garden reopens

Parkers Row Garden

Published on 17 October 2014

Local residents celebrated the reopening of Parkers Row Garden yesterday afternoon follow its recent refurbishments using a Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) award with a delightful 'Tea in the Garden' event.

Nursery Row Park raises its Green Flag

Nursery Row Park raises its Green Flag

Published on 30 September 2014

Nursery Row Park celebrated its Green Flag Award win on Saturday afternoon with a flag raising event during its annual Apple Day celebrations.

Southwark Park and Burgess Park’s BMX track both win BALI National Landscape Awards

Burgess Park BMX

Published on 24 September 2014

Southwark Park and Burgess Park’s BMX track have both been awarded the prestigious BALI National Landscape Award.

Next steps for Green Dale Fields announced

Green Dale Fields

Published on 17 September 2014

A second consultation event on the future of Green Dale Fields will be taking place on Saturday 27 September from 11am to 3pm at Dog Kennel Hill Open Space.

Surrey Square Park raises its Green Flag

Surrey Square Green Flag

Published on 12 September 2014

Surrey Square Park has celebrated its Green Flag Award win with a flag raising event.

Nunhead Green's transformation is complete

Nunhead Green fox

Published on 12 September 2014

The regeneration of Nunhead Green is now complete and it will be opening to the public on Friday 12 September.

Lights, Camera, Pedal! on Nunhead Green

Nunhead Green

Published on 11 September 2014

Come on down for the first ever event on the newly refurbished Nunhead Green this Friday 12 September and experience a bike-powered cinema.

Southwark's parks ranked top in South London

Green Flag Award

Published on 31 July 2014

Southwark is now home to the most Green Flag awarded parks in South London and the third most in London.

Shawcross sculpture for Dulwich Park receives final planning permission

Conrad Shawcross

Published on 2 May 2014

The 'Three Perpetual Chords' sculpture by artist Conrad Shawcross was approved by Southwark Council’s planning committee yesterday.

Council agrees Burgess Park extension plans

Burgess Park

Published on 5 February 2014

The long-term vision of Burgess Park is soon to be realised as Southwark Council announces plans to improve the entrance area by New Church Road and Southampton Way.

Severe weather

High winds

Published on 23 December 2013

An update on parks and fallen trees during the severe weather.

Green Chain Winter Wanders

National Walking Month

Published on 19 December 2013

For Southwark residents looking for great ways to spend winter days then the beautiful open spaces of South East London could be the answer.

Council's grounds maintenance contractor wins prestigious national award

Southwark council logo

Published on 19 December 2013

Southwark Council's grounds maintenance provider, Quadron Services Ltd, have been honoured with three prestigious awards.

Two pocket sized parks planned for Southwark

Southwark council logo

Published on 25 November 2013

Grey pavements will be transformed into green spaces, as Southwark Council reveals plans for two new pocket parks.

New wave of investment for Southwark parks

Burgess Park

Published on 21 November 2013

Eight Southwark parks have secured funding from the Queen Elizabeth II Field's London Legacy Fund. This brings the total of external funding received for Southwark’s parks to £7,518,000 since 2011.

BMX South Region Championships 2013 comes to Burgess Park BMX track

Burgess Park BMX track

Published on 30 September 2013

The Burgess Park BMX Track this weekend hosted the BMX South Region Championships 2013.

British Cycling commends Southwark as London's new 'cycling Mecca' at BMX launch event

BMX track

Published on 19 August 2013

The Burgess Park BMX Track was hailed as the country's best by British Cycling at its official launch last week.

New Green Flag Awards for three of Southwark's parks

Burgess Park

Published on 8 August 2013

Three parks in Southwark have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. Burgess Park, Belair Park and Tabard Gardens are now ranked amongst the best parks and open spaces in the country.

Skate park closes for railway work – but there's still plenty going on in Southwark

Skate Park

Published on 19 July 2013

One of Southwark’s most popular skate parks has to close for six weeks over the summer due to essential rail network repairs - but users can still try out some of the borough’s other venues.

Take a journey down memory lane at the May Fair this Saturday

May Fair

Published on 16 May 2013

The rich and unique heritage of Southwark’s largest park will be celebrated this Saturday as the May Fair festival returns to Burgess Park.

Plans for St Mary's Park go on show

St Mary's Park

Published on 15 May 2013

Southwark residents can have their say on plans to transform St Mary's Park, the green space at the heart of Elephant & Castle, in a month-long public consultation.

Get out and enjoy green spaces for better mental health

Burgess Park

Published on 10 May 2013

Southwark council is encouraging people to get out and enjoy some of the borough’s 130 parks and open spaces to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13 to 19).

Best foot forward to see Southwark sights and get healthy

National Walking Month

Published on 9 May 2013

With warmer weather and a series of national walking weeks planned, May is the perfect time for people to take to the streets and explore Southwark by foot.

Rain fails to dampen spirits at successful Tree Tales event

Tree Tales

Published on 15 April 2013

Hundreds of people turned out to take part in Southwark Council’s Tree Tales workshop and stunning finale in Dulwich Park last weekend – despite the weather taking a turn for the worse.

Pupils get planting in Burgess Park

Tree planting in Burgess Park

Published on 31 January 2013

A group of green-fingered pupils from nearby Cobourg primary school and Sacred Heart secondary school swapped the classroom for an alfresco lesson planting real trees in Burgess Park.

Southwark Council shortlists artists for commission of the Dulwich Park artwork

The Barbara Hepworth metal statue called Two Forms in Dulwich Park

Published on 30 January 2013

The commissioning process for the new sculpture for Dulwich Park has gained momentum with the announcement of the four shortlisted artists.

Southwark Council announces next steps for the new sculpture at Dulwich Park

Hepworth installation

Published on 17 December 2012

Southwark Council has appointed The Contemporary Art Society to lead the commission process for a new sculpture for Dulwich Park.

Enjoy a fun and safe autumn


Published on 12 October 2012

As the excitement builds in the run up to Halloween and fireworks night, work is going on behind the scenes to keep the borough safe.

Burgess Park fully re-opened for Burgess Banquet

Burgess Baquet

Published on 5 September 2012

Southwark Council welcomed 3,000 people to the newly transformed and fully re-opened Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.

Transformed Burgess Park hosts The Elephant and the Nun's Burgess Banquet

Dancers perform at Burgess Park

Published on 28 August 2012

Southwark Council looks forward to welcoming the local community to Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.

Hepworth Consultation Outcome

The Barbara Hepworth metal statue called Two Forms in Dulwich Park

Published on 24 August 2012

Local people in Southwark have chosen how they'd prefer to replace the £500,000 Barbara Hepworth statue, which was stolen from Dulwich Park in December 2011.

Southwark needs your vote to win a makeover for a children's playground

Leathermarket Gardens Play Area

Published on 24 August 2012

We need your vote to make the children's play area within Leathermarket Gardens a fantastic space for all to enjoy.

St John’s Churchyard reopens in Southwark

St John's Churchyard

Published on 30 July 2012

St John’s Churchyard in Southwark has reopened following major environmental improvements.

Southwark Council to welcome the local community at Burgess Park opening

Burgess Park lake

Published on 20 July 2012

Burgess Park, one of South London's biggest parks is opening with a fun-filled open day on Saturday 21 July, following an £8 million major transformation.

Southwark parks awarded yet more Green Flags

Green flag

Published on 19 July 2012

Southwark parks have been awarded an additional four Green Flags, now boasting a total of 14 flags, up from ten last year and eight the year before.

New boathouse a welcome addition to Dulwich Park's lake


Published on 2 July 2012

A new timber framed boathouse has been officially opened in Dulwich Park.

Southwark Council invites expressions of interest for Burgess Park Café

Burgess Park gate

Published on 19 June 2012

Southwark Council is inviting expressions of interest from experienced catering businesses to take over the running and management of the Burgess Park Café.

Burgess Park to reopen after £8 million transformation

Burgess Park

Published on 13 June 2012

One of South London's biggest parks will reopen its gates to the public with a fun-filled open day on 21 July following an £8 million major transformation, Southwark Council has announced.

Burgess Park opening late July

Burgess Park

Published on 30 May 2012

The £8m redevelopment of Southwark's Burgess Park is almost complete with key areas of the park to reopen in late July 2012.

Michael Faraday Memorial in Southwark sees new lights

Faraday memorial

Published on 22 May 2012

Southwark Council has installed a new lighting system to the Michael Faraday (1791-1867) Memorial in Elephant and Castle.

Art will not be bowed by metal thieves

Dr Salter

Published on 12 April 2012

Art will not be hidden away from residents despite the threat of metal thieves and vandals council chiefs vowed today.

Hosepipe ban in London

Hosepipe ban

Published on 19 March 2012

Thames Water have said that they will be issuing a hosepipe ban throughout London from 5 April.

Southwark names London's newest village green

Kings garden children meeting

Published on 7 March 2012

A riverside park in Rotherhithe has been named as London's newest village green following a campaign by local residents.

Southwark to consult on replacement for stolen Hepworth sculpture

The Barbara Hepworth metal statue called Two Forms in Dulwich Park

Published on 5 March 2012

The council is to ask residents what artwork should replace the Barbara Hepworth sculpture that was stolen by suspected scrap metal thieves last year.

Alexander O'Neal to headline Bermondsey Carnival

Published on 1 February 2012

International soul sensation Alexander O'Neal is to headline the annual Bermondsey Carnival this summer. The legendary singer will perform at the carnival in Southwark Park on 2 June, which this year is taking place on the same weekend as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

First new trees for Burgess Park

Proposed design for Burgess Park

Published on 23 January 2012

The first of dozens of new trees have been planted at Burgess Park as part of its ongoing multimillion pound makeover, council chiefs have anounced.

Industrial diesel tanks discovered during clean up at Burgess Park

Published on 16 November 2011

Two disused industrial tanks have been discovered buried deep in the ground in Burgess Park by Southwark Council while carrying out a major redevelopment of the site.

Southwark questions need for Thames Water "super-sewer"

Published on 31 October 2011

Southwark Council today backed an independent commission questioning the need for plans by Thames Water to build a £3.6bn "super-sewer" across London.

Southwark Council’s Salisbury Row project impresses national judges to win yet another award

Published on 1 September 2011

Southwark Council’s project to transform an overlooked and dangerous part of the Elephant and Castle into a popular community space has been recognised as the best in the country.

Southwark parks get more Green Flags for fourth year in a row

Giant head which adorns St. Mary Frobisher Park in Peckham, proud owner of a green flag in 2011

Published on 29 July 2011

Southwark parks now boast 10 Green Flags, up from eight last year and seven the year before.

Burgess Park takes massive step towards major transformation.

Group photo showing parties involved in beginning of Burgess Park renovation

Published on 22 July 2011

Work has officially begun on a multimillion pound renovation of Burgess Park in Southwark, to create a new play area, landscaped spaces and a bigger, more attractive lake when it reopens next spring.

Southwark Council to implement share of Mayor’s £4m access improvements to London's South Bank

Published on 26 May 2011

London’s South Bank, one of the capital’s most popular visitor destinations, is set to benefit from a £4 million makeover from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in time for the 2012 Games.

Work on multi-million pound Burgess Park transformation set to start

Published on 21 April 2011

Over 90,000 new plants are to go in by spring 2012, with a temporary partial closure programme in place to allow works to progress.

House sparrows find happiness in Burgess Park say RSPB

Published on 4 April 2011

Sparrows in Southwark are bucking a London trend by flocking to Southwark in greater numbers thanks to meadows planted in Walworth and Peckham, according to an independent annual survey.

Burgess Park gets go ahead for multimillion pound revamp

Group photo of parties involved in renovation of Burgess Park

Published on 2 February 2011

Burgess Park has got the green light for its £6m makeover, after planners at Southwark Council approved the project.

London in Bloom success

Published on 8 September 2010

Southwark won its first ever gold in the London in Bloom competition this year.

Potters Fields deal gets the green light

Published on 27 July 2010

On 26 July Southwark Council’s cabinet approved a landmark agreement between the authority and Berkeley Homes on the future development of Potters Fields, a high profile site in London’s South Bank.

Park transformation is a giant piece of work

Peckham Park improved

Published on 25 May 2010

An eighteen month long project to transform a park in Peckham has been unveiled.

Park transformation is a giant piece of work

Ryland Davies, aged 6 enjoying the new look St. Mary Frobisher Park

Published on 24 May 2010

An eighteen month long project to transform a park in Peckham has been unveiled

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