Meet the people who manage your parks and tell them your ideas

Published: Tuesday 28th July 15

Staff from the parks department will be visiting the borough’s smaller open spaces to field questions and listen to local people’s views about how these little green oases could be enhanced and improved.

The council is currently conducting a public consultation on the best ways of looking after and protecting these small local parks. This feedback will help shape future management plans for these valuable open spaces and ensure they are being properly maintained.

There are 25 of these smaller parks in the borough and each one is an important local amenity for people living nearby.

Officers in the parks team will be visiting these open spaces over the next four weeks – starting tomorrow (Wednesday) - as part of the consultation so that they can answer questions and get some face-to-face feedback.

Wandsworth’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook, said: “We are blessed to live in a beautiful green borough with some really amazing parks and open spaces.

“All told there are around 1,600 acres of parks and green spaces in Wandsworth. This includes larger spaces like Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common as well as those that are managed by other external organisations such as Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and the parkland around Springfield Hospital.

“But a large proportion of this total is represented by the 25 smaller local parks that are really valuable to local people. We want to ensure that these important little oases continue to play an active role in the heart of their communities and provide places that can be used for recreation, fun and relaxation.

”We want people to tell us how they use their local neighbourhood parks, how well they think they’re managed and if they feel they could be improved in any way. This feedback will help us draw up plans to make them even better.”

Details of the feedback sessions are as follows.

  • Thursday, July 30 – 1pm Coronation Gardens SW18; 2.30pm York Gardens SW11.
  • Wednesday, August 5 - 1pm Garratt Lane Old Burial Ground SW18; 2.30pm Bramford Gardens SW18. 
  • Thursday, August 6 – 1pm Heathbrook Park SW8; 2.30 pm Montefiore Gardens SW8.
  • Wednesday, August 12 – 1pm Lavender Gardens SW11; 2.30pm Latchmere Rec SW11
  • Thursday, August 13 – 1pm Shillington Park SW11; 2.30pm Falcon Park SW11
  • Wednesday, August 19 – 1pm Garratt Park SW18; 2.30pm Swaby Gardens SW18
  • Thursday, August 20 – 9am Garratt Green SW17; 10.30am Godley Gardens SW18
  • Wednesday, August 26 – 1pm Fred Wells Gardens SW11; 2.30pm Harroway Gardens SW11 

The consultation runs until August 31. To take part follow the links from www.wandsworth.gov.uk/consult. If you would prefer to fill in a paper survey email parks@wandworth.gov.uk or call (020) 8871 6347.

The 25 small parks at the heart of the consultation are:

  • Bramford Gardens, SW18 
  • Christchurch Gardens, SW11
  • Coronation Gardens, SW18
  • Falcon Park, SW11
  • Fountain Rec, SW17
  • Fred Wells Gardens, SW11
  • Furzedown Rec, SW17
  • Garratt Green, SW17
  • Garratt Lane Old Burial Ground, SW18 
  • Garratt Park, SW18
  • Godley Gardens, SW18
  • Harroway Gardens, SW11
  • Heathbrook Park, SW8
  • Latchmere Rec, SW11
  • Leader’s Gardens, SW15 
  • Montefiore Gardens, SW8
  • Lavender Gardens, SW11
  • Putney Old Burial Ground, SW15 
  • Shillington Park, SW11
  • Swaby Gardens, SW18
  • The Pleasance, SW15 
  • Tooting Gardens, SW17
  • Queenstown Green
  • York Gardens, SW11

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Recent comments

Was alerted to a consultation on small parks - clicked on the link provided for those who wished to take part in the consultation - in spite of being told to follow the links I never did get to the questionnaire which I assume was meant to be at the end of all the links. That is one way of making sure you do not get any comments and can then say no one was interested. So much for democracy.
Janis Humberstone

4 August 2015

20th August Godley Gardens 9 -12 will be there Godley gardens is an underused park. Why? Because there is no protected area for toddlers to play away from the dogs(+owners) which use the gardens off the leash and boisterous -or uncontrolled dogs frighten children...and a lot of parents !
Paul Purnell

29 July 2015

PLEASE WOULD YOU LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU WILL COME TO MONTEFIORE GARDENS ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH. WILL IT BE 1 PM OR 2.30 PM ? I NEED TO NOTIFY THE LOCALS BUT OF COURSE, BEING HOLIDAY-TIME, MANY WILL BE AWAY.
DIANA PORTER

29 July 2015