Latest news 

  • To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, there will be a free show by the Greenwich Concert Band on the bandstand on Monday 31st August, starting at 2pm. Click on the link above to see the poster.
  • On the same afternoon (31st August) Southwark Park C.C. and Burgess Park C.C. will compete for the 'Guv'nor's Cup' on the Oval. Thanks to Gary Magold for organising and to the Community Council, United St. Saviour's Charities and Rotherhithe Festival Committee for their support.
  • One more for the diary - a free bat walk for adults and accompanied children led by Jon Best, Southwark Council's Ecology Officer, on Monday 7th September. Meet at the Park Office 7pm
  • Sporting news. In May local primary schools played for our annual Bobby Abel Cricket Cup, and John Donne Primary overcame holders St. Joseph's, Gomm Road in a great final. On 23rd June hundreds of  children, representing sixteen Southwark schools, took part in a fantastic day of athletics. We put up a trophy - the Nellie Stockwell Cup - which was won in fine style by Rye Oak Primary School, Peckham. Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all the schools for filling our famous old Oval with such energy. Thanks to Quadron Services for marking out the grass athletics track so expertly. 
  •  Cleaner Greener Safer Programme 2015 – we have been successful in getting funds from the Council to renovate the bandstand and for a bee observation hive. Thank you Councillors!
  • Environmental improvements in Southwark Park - thanks to Grosvenor Estates and Bede Centre, who planted them, we now have several new fruit trees near the China Hall Gate. 
  • It’s Our Park’ film – Stewart Morgan’s highly-acclaimed documentary about Southwark Park, sponsored by the Bermondsey Square Community Fund and North Southwark Environment Trust, is now available in DVD format, free of charge from the Southwark Park Office while stocks last! Or you can click on the image below for a free online viewing.

"Our Park"

In September 2009 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded The Friends a grant to carry out a reminiscence project entitled "Our Park". Considering it was the first municipal park in London to be open to the public, we believed that the story of Southwark Park was not as well-known as it should be. Apart from a small booklet published in 1999, there was no substantial written or oral history of one of London's first public parks, a gap of local and regional significance, not only to adults, but also to children.  Through "Our Park" we set out to tell that story to our local community in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, and we also drew upon their memories of the park to make the tale as rich as possible.

The project was completed by the summer of 2010, and activities included heritage walks and talks; exhibitions; work with local schools (including an educational resource pack) and community groups; and a floral display in the park.  A full-colour book was published, based on interviews and writings of local people.  In addition a history of Southwark Park Bowling Club was produced.  In all, over 200 people took part in a very successful project, and we thank them so much for volunteering their time.  And thanks to Debra Gosling for her book design work.

You can download copies of the books (for free) here:

Our Park_opt.pdf Our Park_opt.pdf
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Southwark Park Bowling Club_opt.pdf Southwark Park Bowling Club_opt.pdf
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 Other news

 Kids' Park!  

The 1st Southwark Park Brownies have helped the Friends to produce a colourful nature trail leaflet for children. 


Free copies are available from the Park office, cafe and Art Gallery. 

Many thanks to:

  • Hannah
  • Darcey
  • Daisy
  • Hanna
  • Holly
  • Tilly
  • Lillie
  • Isabella
  • Caitlin
  • Anita Marloe and her colleagues

Thanks also to our generous sponsor The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association.

Salter Statues Campaign

Great news - the campaign has raised all the money needed to reinstate the much-loved statues that were stolen from King's Stairs Gardens in 2011. For more details go to


The Friends Blog

AGM 2013

September 8, 2013
Papers for our AGM are available on the 'Meetings' page of this website. The meeting will be held in The Art Gallery by the lake. You will see that we have a very important item on the agenda - an update on the development of the Old Nursery Master Plan from  Harrison Consultants.
Below is a link about a survey being carried out by Southwark Council on the issue of dogs in parks which may be of interest to you.
We look forward to seeing you on 18th.

Coronation commemoration plaque

June 1, 2013
Please note the change of venue for the next meeting to The Gallery in the Park, next to the children's playground.
Before the meeting we have organised a pleasant event at the nearby Coronation Tree. From 5pm we will gather and Mrs. Jenny Bianco, Deputy Lieutenant for Southwark, will kindly unveil a plaque to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. After the unveiling there will be some light refreshments in The Gallery.

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Southwark Park 150

April 22, 2013
At our meeting this coming Wednesday we are considering the above subject. As you may know 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Act which enabled Southwark's oldest park. We really don't want to let it go by without proper recognition!
There's a discussion paper for Wednesday on the 'meetings' page of this website. I know you are busy but hope you can find a few minutes to read and comment upon it. If you can't come to the meeting we would still like to get your views....

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Volunteer planting rescheduled

March 15, 2013
Andrea Pita advises that the volunteer planting session for Saturday 16th March has now been rescheduled to 23rd March.
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Next meeting

March 15, 2013
Next meeting is on Wednesday 20th March, 6pm at the Park Office. You will see that we have two guest speakers - Susan Hunter from the Council's Warden Service to talk about dog control and Lyn Olding on the Lido Fountain planting scheme.
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Run for Bermondsey

November 13, 2012
Here's a link to a short film on YouTube about the London Marathon and Bermondsey made by members Peter Gazey and Rose Ades It is called 'Run for Bermondsey, and you will recognise familiar places and maybe faces. Thanks to Peter and Rose. 
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Rotherhithe Festival

July 11, 2012
The Rotherhithe Festival is on Saturday 14th July in King George's Field from 11am. A lovely free community event with music and stalls.
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RSPB Cockney Sparrow Count

July 11, 2012
Help London’s house sparrows and take part in the RSPB Cockney Sparrow Count 18 June to 12 July!

The Cockney sparrow was once a regular fixture in our London gardens, parks and squares. However, the city lost 68% of them between 1994 and 2000. The RSPB are asking Londoners to spend an hour, sometime between 18 June and 12 July, looking for house sparrows in their gardens and/or local green spaces and parks. It will help identify where populations are doing well, just clinging on or faring ba...

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New book on Bermondsey and Rotherhithe

June 10, 2012
You may be interested in this link about a book on Bermondsey and Rotherhithe written by one of our friends, Debra Gosling. 

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I Love Jamaica Day event

January 27, 2012
A Special Meeting has been arranged for Monday 6th February at 6pm in the Parks Office next to the cafe in Southwark Park. The purpose is to discuss a proposal to hold the I Love Jamaica Day event in the park on 24th June 2012 as part of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence celebrations. 
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