Love Parks: Tell us about your hidden gems

Published: Wednesday 1st August 18

British tennis player Johanna Konta recently tweeted, “It’s official, my favourite park in London is Battersea Park.”

The Hidden Heathbrook Event in Heathbrook Park - part of the 2017 Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Battersea Park is, without doubt, one of the best parks in the capital. Following thousands of pounds' worth of improvements it is constantly revamping and raising standards to make it one of the most attractive ways to spend a few hours in London.

But there are many other beautiful and interesting parks and open spaces that residents love in the borough.

From the less well-known corners of Tooting and Wandsworth Commons to the woodland gardens of Garratt Green the borough is full of novel nuggets and we would like you to tell us about them.

All summer we’re running a Love Parks campaign to celebrate the fact Wandsworth has more council-owned parks and open spaces than any other inner London borough. As part of the celebrations we’re compiling a list of the ‘Top Ten Hidden Gems’ in the borough for parks and open spaces. These could be anything from an interesting nook in one of our bigger parks to a secluded spot that only yourself and a few dog-walkers seem to know about.

Shillington Park in Battersea

“My favourite park is Falcon Park,” said local resident Anne Bristow. “I love walking my dog there and it’s a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of much of the rest of the city.”

“It always surprises me how few people know about Heathbrook Park,” said David Salter. “It might not be the most attractive of all the parks but it’s a good space to go for a jog and get some fresh air.”

Councillor Steffi Sutters, cabinet member for Community Services and Open Spaces, said: “Thanks to everyone so far who have shared their love of Wandsworth parks with us on our twitter and Instagram accounts.

“We’re proud of our parks and the feedback we’ve had so far is that our residents love them too – they love the wide variety of parks and all the different things you can do in them. Now we want to shine the spotlight on some of the smaller hidden gems tucked away around the borough.”

Just send us a tweet or – even better – tweet or Instagram us a photo of your favourite bit of a Wandsworth park at @enableLC , @EnableParks , @wandbc and remember to include the hashtag #LoveParksWandsworth

The best could get a year's free membership to the Tooting Bec Athletics Track or the Battersea Park Millennium Arena. It could also make the cover of the next Brightside. We will notify the winner by direct message at the end of August.

Find out more about our campaign at: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/loveparks

*Wandsworth’s parks and open spaces are managed by Enable Leisure and Culture, on behalf of Wandsworth Council. Enable Leisure and Culture is a non-for-profit organization, no. 09487276, and registered with the Charity Commission (no. 1172345), providing leisure and cultural services for the benefit of local communities.

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