Listen to the fascinating podcast audio adaptation of the Animated Walkfrom the Friends’ Zeppelin 1917 season. It tells the story of the Zeppelin Raid on Camberwell, in the industrial and residential area that existed before the creation of the park itself, and puts the tragic events of that night into the context of local life at that time. Read about the Animated Walk.
Meet at Theatre Delicatessen, in the Old Library on Wells Way, for a walk around the locations for the memorial, with speeches, refreshments, a poem by Koko and more. To book tickets for the launch event, please see the Eventbrite page.
Take part in the drop-in family art workshop by Art in the Park.
2.30 pm Camberwell Community Choir sing songs from the First World War
3.15 pm History walk to view the art installation of memorial houses including Q and A with the artist Sally Hogarth
4.30 – 5.30 pm Performance of THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
The Unknown Soldier is a moving show, often humorous, but above all thought provoking. It looks at the First World War from a new perspective, through the eyes of a man who has survived the carnage but who finds it hard to return home. A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One. Official EdFringe 2016 sell out show by award nominated writer of Casualties. Book for 4.30 performance
FOBP have just won the Mary Boast History Prize, organised by the Camberwell Society. Copies of our winning essay will be available at the events, and you can read more about the Prize here, or read the essay here.
2017 events: Revealing the impact of World War I on people’s lives and society
Almost one hundred years ago, on the night of 19th October 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark. It killed 10 people, injured 24 more, and destroyed a fish and chip shop, a doctor’s surgery, and many homes. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.
Jon Pickup and Andrew Pearson, from Friends of Burgess Park are leading the project supported by a successful £9,800 Heritage Lottery Fund award. Jon Pickup said “We’re looking for people to volunteer, get involved and during the summer we’ll be visiting the Imperial War Museum and Southwark Heritage Library to look into archive material about the people who lived in the street. This is a fantastic opportunity to do some original research and uncover hidden stories. We’re also delighted that Southwark Council are funding an art piece for the park to remember this event.” Sally Hogarth has been appointed as the artist.
The project kicks off over the summer. Volunteers will find out more about the Zeppelin and the lives of ordinary people who took heroic action as part of the war effort. In September, children’s workshops led by Art in the Park will take place at the Creation Trust, Giraffe House.
During October 2017 a festival of events at Theatre Delicatessen, in the Old Library, Wells Way, will showcase the work created by local residents. John Whelan will bring together the historical research with volunteers to tell the story of the raid through an animated walk. Stephen Bourne, local historian, and author of Black Poppies, will talk about the armed services as well as men and women who stayed at home and played a role in the civil defence.
The Zeppelin 2017 festival will feature:
Exhibition – A timeline of the raid and archival display – open Saturdays during October 2017, with opening talk by Zeppelin expert Ian Castle on Saturday 7 October.
Hidden Heroes – Talk by Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, on the black community and the Great War, Saturday 14 October 2017.
Animated Walk – Created by actors using research by local volunteers, to animate the history of WW1 and the Zeppelin Raid on Calmington Road in October 1917, on Saturday 21 October.
Family events – Drop-in family events including art workshops with Art in the Park, Cuming Museum object handling, stories and rhymes with Vanessa Wolf, Saturday 7 and Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October.
Thursday 11 January 2018, 4.00 -7.00pm at Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, Cobourg Road, SE5 0JD
Southwark Council with match funding from Parklife Funding Partners (The FA, the Premier League and Sport England) are presenting draft design proposals for developing the community sports hub. Who will run the new facility? Will there be more fencing of sports’ fields? Will Cobourg Road and Neate Street be closed? What will the provision be for access to Cobourg School? Will there be through routes for pedestrians and cyclists? What about parking? Will trees be cut down? Please come along and say what you think about the new plans. Download a pdf of the latest plans.Email your comments to Southwark by 19 January 2018.
2016 plans for Cobourg Road and the Sports Centre development
Southwark Council are proposing a major redevelopment of the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road. Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that the plan will fence off more of the park, reduce accessibility, cut down mature trees, increase pedestrian/cyclist conflict and cause parking problems. Read the Friends of Burgess Park submission.
The Living Streets charity for everyday walking studied four paths shared by cyclists and pedestrians in London, including Burgess Park.
The study found that pedestrians experience more conflict than cyclists and there is a disproportionate impact on disabled people. Cycle speed is the key issue for pedestrians and cyclists should be slowed down. Where sharing is unavoidable, signage should make the situation clear. Improving alternate routes may help to diffuse the pressure and tension.
The specific recommendations for Burgess Park are:
Focus on designing an on-road facility for the Southwark Spine cycle route, e.g. along Wells Way rather than through the park
Introduce a small amount of signage to alert park users to the presence of cyclists.
Encourage slower cycling speeds in the park.
Continue to prioritise the destination function of Burgess Park and the leisure facilities.
In the longer term, it is suggested that improved facilities for commuting cyclists be provided on the Old Kent Road, Walworth Road and surrounding roads.
“Because of cyclists coming up behind me, I am always having to look over my shoulders”
“Burgess Park is essentially a giant cyclist interchange, and the [proposed] spine route will make it even busier”
“Are park users pedestrians in the classic sense? People strolling in parks wander around slowly, they turn, walk to the sides… There are also people walking with children and dogs and they are disproportionately affected”
Friends of Burgess Park were consulted for the LIving Streets study.
The application includes plans for a new Quietway for cyclists shared with pedestrians across Burgess Park West. The new route will be lit and will have some changes of surface at key points. (Further details in No. 5 of 24 and No. 9 of 24 of the planning documents).
You can respond by filling in the online form, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Planning Department, Southwark Council, PO Box 64529, London SE1P 5LX. If you comment by email or post please remember to quote the reference number which is 16/AP/3165.
FOBP will be discussing the application at the Tuesday, 6 September meeting at 7.30pm, Sports Centre, Cobourg Road.
Meeting: Wednesday, 11 May, 18:30 to 19:30, Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park
Burgess Park West is the new name for the Burgess Park Southern Entrance project. At the meeting Southwark will be presenting feedback from the previous consultation as well as updated plans, and will also outline the next steps for the project.
Plans and a survey will also be available online from 9 May to 5 June at www.southwark.gov.uk/burgesspark
A public exhibition will be held from 9 May to 5 June at the Sports Centre showing the plans and designs . There will be the opportunity to leave feedback.
An additional exhibition will be held at Chumleigh Gardens at weekends and during half term (weather permitting) where Park Ambassadors will be available to show visitors the plans.
Commuter cycling routes through the park
FOBP are very concerned about the Southwark’s plans for new routes through Burgess Park specifically aimed at commuter cyclists.
The park is an amenity in an area of ‘hard-pressed families’ and ‘urban living’ as defined in the Southwark Cycling Demand Study. Local people value the park as a space for play and relaxation and driving designated cycle routes through it is not appropriate. Living Streets, the national charity for pedestrians, discuss this issue in its policy document regarding cycling and walking. “Changes to pedestrian or cycle use of parks should ensure that the primary use of parks is as a recreational space. Our parks must remain a quiet haven for all, rather than cheap ‘easy wins’ for cycle routes.” Pedestrians and cyclists should not be put into conflict with one another.
There is also research which suggests that increased bike use targets people of wealthier incomes who are benefiting at the expense of people who could be walking in the park. Living Streets are concerned that “For more vulnerable pedestrians such as disabled people, older people and children, walking safely and easily is often impossible. Walking rates are in serious decline and whilst this is in part down to change in busy lifestyles it is more symptomatic of the lack of priority given to pedestrians on our streets.” The charity encourages children to walk to school and we should do nothing to discourage children using what should be safe and healthy routes through Burgess Park to get to the numerous schools around the park.
FOBP pointed out to the consultation regarding Quietway 7: “We have experience in Burgess Park of the quiet route which runs along the Surrey Canal Walk. This is now dominated by commuter cyclists. Pedestrians are forced off the path, and a route which should provide a safe and less polluted way for children to get to school has become hazardous for them.
“The Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that all users of the park are considered when new features are designed which will have such a long-lasting impact on the park.”
FOBP have been informed by Southwark Council that there are more consultations about planned cycle routes through Burgess Park.
“The council intends to make a decision on the entire Quietway 7 route (excluding section in the Burgess Park) once consultation is completed for the entire route. This is likely to be around end of March / April 2016.
Consultation for the detailed design of the Burgess Park section the route is scheduled to commence late February 2016 with a decision made around May 2016.
The routes affecting Burgess Park are currently under review and one update to the maps published will be made in spring next year.
Regarding the specific confirmed routes: The Quietway from Kennington Park to Trafalgar Avenue has a proposed alternative — St. Georges Way and this is currently subject to TfL accepting the cost of the route before any outline design can be looked at. There will be early engagement on this locally in the New Year.
The Southwark Spine route is going to commence with the section south of Burgess Park so that the Master Plan and Aylesbury re-development are further established before officers undertake a review of the ‘level of service’ needed and desired routes north of the park.
There is also going to be a high level study to establish a preferred link from this southern section of the Spine to Quietway 7 which does not involve a route through the park. This will include looking at the use of Wells Way.”
Both FOBP and Southwark Cyclists support improvements to Wells Way to green the route and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. Read Joe Parker’s presentation on Southwark Cyclists’ Wells Way proposal. At the meeting, FOBP members proposed working together with Southwark Cyclists to lobby for these improvements including linking with Quietway 7 (QW7 Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace).
Abigail Tripp of Wheels for Wellbeing advocated a better crossing on Wells Way linking Burgess Park East and West so that adapted cycles for disabled children and adults could travel across all of the park. At the moment, these cycles are unable to use the underpass which is too steep for them. A better crossing is also needed on Trafalgar Avenue to access the Community Garden and Surrey Canal Walk section of Burgess Park.
Wheels for Wellbeing provides cycling sessions for disabled children and adults in south London parks. Abigail also hoped to find a Burgess Park base for a fleet of the specially adapted cycles for these sessions. She will be attending the cycling festival at the BMX track on Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.
Highly Commended Our woodlands campaign to protect Southampton Way woodlands against development pressure was highly commended with a London Urban Forest Award at the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2022. Thanks to all local groups and park users who have supported us.
Southwark Civic Awards for FOBP: Mayor’s Discretionary Award 2022
Thank you Southwark Mayor Cllr Barrie Hargrove for the 2022 Discretionary Award for Friends of Burgess Park’s “ongoing and successful commitment … thinking of the park’s welfare first and foremost” presented at Southwark Cathedral.
Massive thanks to all our volunteers, past, present, and more importantly, future ones. Join us!
Plans are being developed for the regeneration of Phase 2B of the Aylesbury Estate on Albany Road next to Burgess Park, the area that includes the Wendover 241-471, Winslow, Padbury and Ravenstone blocks.
Public open day Saturday 16 October 2021, 12 noon – 3pm Surrey Square Primary School, Surrey Square, London SE17 2JY
Drop in any time to meet the team, view updated designs in a family-friendly environment and give your feedback on plans for Phase 2B of the estate regeneration. Members of the design team, Notting Hill Genesis and Soundings will be on hand to listen to feedback and answer questions. This event is free and open to all.
Drop in exhibition and stakeholder evening workshop Monday 18 October 2021 Drop in exhibition 4-6pm; workshop 6-8pm Upper Hall, Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, London SE17 1QR
Drop in to view the plans between 4-6pm. An early evening workshop will discuss public space, access and circulation. Email email@example.com or call 07920 466133 if you would like to take part.
Online public workshop Tuesday 26 October 2021, 6-7.30pm An online evening to discuss the revised plans. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07920 466133 to take part.
Congratulations to Kye Whyte at Peckham BMX
Kye Whyte won a siver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Many congratulations to him, his family and Peckham BMX Club.
The Peckham Club started at the Bird-in-Bush park track and then moved to the Burgess Park track.
Burgess Park’s woodlands are vital for local wildlife and they are a precious resource in an urban area. Current plans for tall buildings on the edge of the woodlands will reduce the sunlight and change the habitat.
To understand what impact tall buildings would have, we need an independent wildlife report to present to Southwark’s Planning Committee. The goal is to raise £1500 by the end of May 2021 to commission an ecology report from the London Wildlife Trust. Find out more and make a Crowdfunder contribution here.
Unable to run our usual annual bird count in the park due to current restrictions, we explain how you can still get involved from home with the RSPB survey, as well as identify bird songs, and take a soundscape walk around the park. Find out more.
The Southampton Way entrance to Burgess Park has an area of derelict land used for what was supposed to be temporary scrap yards and car washing.
The land has been designated as part of the protected Metropolitan Open Land of Burgess Park for over 30 years as the council steadily CPO’d (Compulsory Purchased) the various bits of privately owned land selected to be a park in the original Abercrombie Plan after WW2.
However, a developer has bought an option on the site and is suggesting that a 6-storey residential tower-block be built on designated park land.
It is crucial that this land which has been blighted for so long, be landscaped and included in the park next to the recently improved wildlife site.
Please sign the petition calling on Southwark Council to oppose any planning application for building on this site and call on them instead to fulfill their promise to CPO and incorporate this piece of the Burgess Park jigsaw.
Park art tour
Take a walk, virtual or real, around Burgess Park to view artworks that have been placed here over the years. The Park Art map can be found on the Friends of Burgess Park’s Bridge to Nowhere heritage website which investigates the history of the park that emerged from the streets of south London.
The concrete skate bowl will take over a section of the park next to the BMX track and unfortunately an estimated 3,000 square meters of grass will be lost due to its construction. Friends of Burgess Park object to the replacement of a green area with concrete, one of the worst producers of CO2 . This is the narrowest part of the park, which has been traversed with paths and cycle routes, with tall buildings planned to the north and possibly south, pouring concrete all over it is not an improvement. It is in fact turning this green area into an urban environment not a refuge from it.
Some ideas are already being implemented and Friends of Burgess Park were out looking at opportunities to improve active travel around the park.
We are promoting the Burgess Park Orbital, a protected route, to take cyclists who want to travel securely and efficiently around the park through the neighbourhood so they don’t have to cross the park. The park is very busy at the moment with people socialising and exercising. Some cyclists simply want a straightforward way to get to the other side without interfering in park activities. Some want another place to exercise. Some want an alternative to cycling through the park in the dark winter months.
Using routes around the perimeter means that there will be adequate street lighting rather than trying to light the park and contributing to light pollution which must be controlled according to the National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF).
Click the links below and give each a thumbs up, bottom right. Let’s show support to get these improvements.
Litter-free Mondays and Thursdays July – September
Weekly litter pick Mondays 7:30-9.30am and Thursdays 6:15-8pm July to September 2020. Meet at the picnic benches at Chumleigh Gardens. Gloves and litter pickers provided or bring your own. More information here. Read the blog.
Launch of Southwark nature action conservation volunteers
Dave Clark provided online training in recognising birdsong. He has an MSc in Ornithology from Birmingham University and is particularly interested in the interaction between birds and humans. Read his blog about birds in Burgess Park From Africa to the Old Kent Road and follow him on Twitter @daveclark77.
Burgess Park contains a mosaic of locally important habitats including areas of rough grass, wildflower ‘meadows’, hedges and patches of bushes, scrub and trees; and a lake and some small ponds with reeds.
Regular visitors include House Martins, Swifts, Blackcaps, Reed Warblers and Whitethroats. Other birds include House Sparrow, Starling, Greenfinch, and typical garden species like the Robin and Blue Tit. The lake has several different species of waterbirds, including three species of geese – Canada, Egyptian and Greylag.
Tuesday 3 March 2020, 7pm, Theatre Deli, Wells Way SE5 Book ticket.
Help with species’ habitats and nature conservation in Southwark parks: carry out surveys, help with planting, dig ponds, map wildlife sightings to target habitat action, photograph wildlife and habitats etc.
Launch event includes talks from Simon Saville, Butterfly Conservation and Jon Best, Southwark Ecology Officer, films and discussions. Find out more.
Come along to the Big Garden Birdwatch
at Chumleigh Gardens on Sunday 26 January 2020 11 am – 12 midday
All ages welcome Free event Free bird ID sheet
Hot drinks and cake
Identifying wildlife at Burgess Lake
We put up signage at the lake and on the bridge about the waterfowl and fish in the lake. We hope this will help park users know more about wild-fowl, fish and plants and how the lake works as a habitat.
Find out more about what Friends of Burgess Park have been doing at the lake with help from children at Cobourg School.
Friends of Burgess Park AGM
Tuesday 12 November 2019 7 pm at Theatre Deli, Old Library, Wells Way, SE5 0PX
All welcome to hear about Burgess Park Past, Present and Future
Speakers, Q&A: Diana Cochrane, Walworth History Society, Burgess Park and Beyond heritage Jason Leech, Camberwell Society, Camberwell plan Guy Robinson, Camberwell Fields Residents’ Association, Metropolitan Open Land Plus: Elect new committee, approve accounts, review constitution, priorities 2020.
October monthly meeting changed
The next FOBP meeting 1st October 2019 is being transferred to the council planning committee so that we can comment on and object to the sports centre application. The planning meeting is open to the public Tues 1 October from 6.30pm, 160 Tooley St. SE1 2QX. Planning committee agenda and report.
The planning committee meeting was cancelled at the last minute because a report from Sport England had not arrived. The next Planning Sub-Committee B meeting is now scheduled for Tue 29 Oct 2019 (to be confirmed).
FOBP objections: 1. Loss of Metropolitan Open Land 2. Impact of the new pitches and spectator mounds on the surrounding park. 3. The design of the new sports centre does not fit with the character of the park or the Cobourg conservation area, or achieve environmental standards.
Wild Burgess: birds, butterflies, moths and crows
Find out about the latest wildlife sightings in Burgess Park. Ornithologist Dave Clark is thrilled to find more Burgess birds than 10 years ago. Guest blogger Simon Savile of the Butterfly Conservation organisation tells us where to look for butterflies and moths in Burgess Park. Regular FOBP blogger Jenny Morgan urges us to appreciate crows and the more subtle changes in the park.
From Africa to the Old Kent Road: Bird species in Burgess Park Wednesday 19 June 2019, 9 am – 10.30 am meet at Chumleigh Gardens Dave Clark, ornithologist, will lead the circular walk (approx 1.3 hrs) finishing at Chumleigh Gardens café for further informal discussion. FREE – Donations to FOBP welcome. Read Dave Clark’s blog
Read about Burgess Park in the Camberwell Quarterly
It gives a tremendous picture of the park from the Community Garden at one end to the tennis courts at the other celebrating the wide range of activities in-between – rugby, BMX, children’s nurseries, play groups, art clubs, theatre groups to name a few. It is all enabled by park workers and many dedicated volunteers.
2019 Development planning
Southwark Council is holding the next Old Kent Road Forum on open space on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 11am to 1pm at Christ Church Peckham, 676-680 Old Kent Road, SE15 1JF
Sports Hub consultation 20 November 2018
Help shape the future of Burgess Park – Southwark Council wants your views on the sports centre hub. Come along to the drop-in session (20 November) between 4–7pm at the Burgess Park Sports Centre SE5, or have your say online.
CK Flash with brothers Tre and Kye Whyte were interviewed by the BBC about the value and benefits of the BMX club. See the BBC video shot at the track in Burgess Park. The brothers are both in the British Cycling Academy and Kye just won silver at the 2018 European Championships.
Friends of Burgess Park win Mary Boast History Prize
We had great news on 30th September 2018! The Mary Boast Prize, which is organised by the Camberwell Society, has been won by an essay from some of the Friends of Burgess Park ‘Zeppelin 1917’ team. A big thank you to all the volunteer authors including the essay editing team of Judith Barratt, Joan Ashworth and Susan Crisp. Find out more here.
First World War Victoria Cross commemorative stone unveiling
Monday 3 September 2018, 11am, Old Kent Road entrance, Burgess Park
Jack Harvey, was born at 2 Canal Grove (just off Old Kent Road) in the old borough of Camberwell. This is why the site chosen for the commemorative paving will be the Old Kent Road main entrance to Burgess Park.
Southwark Council is holding the next Old Kent Road Forum on Saturday 20 October from 11am to 1pm at Christ Church Peckham, 676-680 Old Kent Road, SE15 1JF The theme for this forum will be Transport with ward councillors – Evelyn Akoto, Michael Situ and Richard Livingstone and Johnson Situ (Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning). Find out more about the development schemes in Old Kent Road.
37-39 Parkhouse Street (Hunnex site) is a proposed mixed use scheme of commercial rented accommodation including on-site 50% affordable housing. This substantial site backs onto Burgess Park.
Old Kent Road redevelopment continues with plans for the ARGOS and DFS site opposite Burgess Park OKR entrance. Details of proposals include a hotel, cinema commercial, tall private block and rented housing. Comments wanted by the end of July for a planning application in the autumn.
This episode is an audio adaptation of the Animated Walk from the Friends’ Zeppelin 1917 season which ran throughout October 2017. It tells the story of the Zeppelin Raid on Camberwell, in the industrial and residential area that existed before the creation of the park itself, and puts the tragic events of that night into the context of local life at that time.
And if you subscribe(it’s free), you will also receive future episodes automatically, as soon as they are released.
The identification session was part of the international City Nature Challenge with 70 cities competing to see who could make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.
Unleash your wild side
Find out more about the wildlife in Burgess Park over the next few months.
All through June we are doing #30DaysWild #wildaboutburgess part of the London Wildlife campaign. The perfect excuse to share your favourite photos @BurgessPk.
Saturday 21 July – 4.30 to 6pm Pond-dipping by the lake. Part of London’s National Park City Week.
Monday 22nd October 2018 7-9pm Assemble from 6.45pm at St Philips Church Hall, Avondale Square, SE1 5PD, near Asda on Old Kent Rd. Help to improve existing neighbourhoods and existing communities’ health and wellbeing. * Cllr Rebecca Lury, Council deputy leader and Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities * Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning * Professor Kevin Fenton, Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing, the Chief Officer for the new Council department, which has brought together planning, regeneration, public health and community engagement. Please register through eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/2KYEA1M Organised by the Southwark Planning Network (SPN)
Southwark Council are looking at ways to improve the streets south of Burgess Park, with a view to making the area safer and healthier for all road users.
Workshops to help Southwark design the future look and feel of these streets.
Session 1: Tuesday 30 January 6pm
Session 2: Tuesday 13 February from 3pm
Session 3: Wednesday 21 March from 5.30pm to 8pm
At St Luke’s Church Peckham, Chandler Way, Peckham, London, SE15 6LU.
First session: for residents and road users to tell us what the issues are in these streets.
Second session: Walking tour of the area to look at the some of the issues identified and co-design workshop where residents will work with a specialist street design team to come up with ideas for improving the roads.
Third session: local people will have a chance to comment on the design proposals and help make further changes.
Further information, or contact email@example.com, call 020 7525 2347, or write to FREEPOST RSCT-BHXK-SCAJ, Highways Division (Transport Projects) Floor 3, Hub 2, Southwark Council, PO BOX 64529, London, SE1P 5LX.
New sports centre and pitches consultation
Thursday 11 January 2018, 4.00 -7.00pm at Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, Cobourg Road, SE5 0JD
Southwark Council with match funding from Parklife Funding Partners (The FA, the Premier League and Sport England) are presenting draft design proposals for developing the community sports hub . Who will run the new facility? Will there be more fencing of sports’ fields? Will Cobourg Road and Neate Street be closed? What will the provision be for access to Cobourg School? Will there be through routes for pedestrians and cyclists? What about parking? Will trees be cut down? Please come along and say what you think about the new plans. Download a pdf of the latest plans.Email your comments to Southwark by 19 January 2018.
New Church Road is being permanently closed from 4 December as part of the Burgess Park West project. Lighting on New Church Road is being switched off as well as the lighting on the pathway that leads from Albany Road to New Church Road. This is for safety reasons as Southwark do not want people to follow a lit route from Albany Road into the park since it is a dead end. Southwark urge you not to travel through the park after dark until the new lit pathway is open. The new Quietway 7 cycle pathway which will cut through the park will be built as an alternative route. It is expected to open in spring 2018.
Consultations on the Burgess Park West new play area will take place on:
Tuesday 28 November 3.30 to 5pm Chumleigh Gardens play area, next to the Park Life café, off Albany Road. If the weather is poor the consultation will be inside the Chumleigh West building, which will be signposted from the play area.
Monday 4th December 6pm to 8pm Southwark Council’s offices 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH
Drop by to see the emerging design which has taken into account previous consultation results, and tell the designers your ideas and opinions.
If you cannot attend either session and are still interested in the play area design, please get in touch with Pippa Krishnan firstname.lastname@example.org
Burgess Park Café
A new catering company will be taking over Burgess Park Café. The café will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, 30 and 31 October 2017. Southwark Council apologise for the inconvenience and thank Prestigious Catering Ltd trading as Park Life Café who will cease operations on Sunday, 29 October 2017. A Fuorvito & Sons will take over on Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
Friends of Burgess Park Meetings
First Tuesday of each month All welcome from 7-9 pm Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, 106 Cobourg Road, SE5 0JV.
Bridge to Nowhere history project
The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved loads of people to learn more about the history and heritage of Burgess Park. The project included the Wells Way underpass artwork – a reminder of the main feature of the area which lead to the creation of the park – the Grand Surrey Canal. And we have launched the new Burgess Park Heritage Trail. Look out for the blue plaques around the park.