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Folkestone Gardens Lewisham

Summary

Folkestone Gardens were created in the 1970s on the site of war-damaged housing, and is overlooked and completely surrounded by railway lines. The Grand Surrey Canal used to run past the northern end of the park from Camberwell to the Surrey Docks; it was filled in in 1972, having closed the previous year. On undulating ground, the park has grass, woodland areas, a belt of Lombardy poplars along the edge, and a group of sycamores in the centre. In the north-west is a large pond with an island with weeping willow. When it was restored in 1994, some of the pond-side plants were taken from the surplus at Hare and Billet Pond on Blackheath. The park supports a surprising diversity of plants and animals considering its size and location.

Basic Details

Site location:
Trundleys Road/Rolt Street/Canal Approach, Deptford

Postcode:
SE8 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1970s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Lewisham

Site ownership:
LB Lewisham

Site management:
Greenscene Department, Glendale Grounds Management

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am - sunset

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Play area, ball court, multi-sports pitch

Events:

Public transport:
Rail/London Overground: New Cross, New Cross Gate. Bus: 225

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ362778

Size in hectares:
2.25

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance

Green Belt:

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaelogical Priority

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space

Folkestone Gardens

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Fuller information

By the early C20th the area was heavily built up with housing, many occupied by railway employees and their families. In 1945 the area was badly bombed, destroying many houses and causing 52 deaths. In the late 1960s/early 1970s the houses were cleared and the park was laid out, named after one of the demolished streets.

Sources consulted:

John Archer, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Lewisham', Ecology Handbook 30, London Ecology Unit, 2000.

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