Greenspaces: Burgess Park




The £8 million redevelopment of Burgess Park in Southwark was completed earlier this year and has turned a large, flat, scraggy and unremarkable park framed by the Aylesbury Estate in to one of London's best.

Its central feature is a large lake which offers a couple of fountains, a boardwalk, fishing and outdoor barbeque area. The landscaping and planting from the Old Kent Road entrance to the football fields beyond the lake's far shore makes the waterside stroll feel like a country walk and the children's play area looks like it's been designed by a Mario Kart fan.

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10 comments:

Richard Elliot said...

Before moving back into Brockley I stayed with a friend for a few weeks not far from Burgess Park and visited quite a few time.

It's awesome. £8m is a lot of money, but they seem to have done well with it. (Even if the attempt at communal BBQs are a bit comical by Sydney standards.)

Tamsin said...

This is a splendid garnering of information that you've embarked on, but would it be too burdensome to make it a bit more useful for potential users by giving the bus routes that serve/go by the parks, opening times and significan by-laws (like no bikes and whether there is a dog-free area). And making it more interesting would be a snippet of history, like when they first opened and who created them, and basic compartors, such as size.

Brockley Nick said...

"but would it be too burdensome to make it a bit more useful for potential users by giving the bus routes that serve/go by the parks, opening times and significan by-laws (like no bikes and whether there is a dog-free area). And making it more interesting would be a snippet of history, like when they first opened and who created them, and basic compartors, such as size.""

Yes it would be too burdensome.

Where possible, I provide links to resources, where people can find out more.

The map shows you how big they are.

Tamsin said...

Apologies - and doing what you do, you open it up for others to chime in with additional information if they want. And I did not think through the risk of giving more factual stuff - that you would get the blame when it goes out of date!

Love the photos of the new look Burgess Park. It's worked with me... Definitely on the agenda to revisit it now.

Many thanks.

Tamsin said...

@ RE Will refrain from full comment on the communal barbeque areas, but (space permitting) they could be preferable to the alternative which is burnt patches of turf, or even charred picnic tables, which happen in the Telegraph Hill Upper Park. The supermarket instant barbeque packs are all well and good but are not necessarily used as carefully as they should be.

Richard Elliot said...

@Tamsin - disposable BBQs virtually don't exist in Sydney because the public BBQs are so good.

At least they've made an effort in Burgess Park with the BBQs and probably heartening to know they didn't spend any of the tax payers money on a research trip to Oz!

Anonymous said...

Richard, for me disposable BBQs would be much better than using the public ones in Oz. The reason they don't have the disposable bbqs back in Oz is because Australia is health and saftey mad and none of the councils would allow you to have disposable bbqs in public areas. I have used a lot of public bbqs in oz and more times than not you have to clean up someone else's mess before you can start cooking on them.

Anonymous said...

I can remember the park coming together after streets of perfectly OK houses were bulldozed. And Livingstone hailing London's biggest park, etc. It was rumoured that the lake would be Southwarks water supply in the event of a nuclear war. It was the '70s.

Anonymous said...

8 million ppounds???????????? this is crazy, what a way of wasting money in something that was in perfectly good order

Brockley Nick said...

It's a brilliant use of money. Parks are just about the only thing we all use. they contribute massively to our quality of life. Good parks encourage active lifestyles and improve public safety.

The old park was a bit rubbish by the standards of most other London parks. It's now great.

The investment in London's parks has been one of the best things to happen to the city over the last decade.

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