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Russia Dock was once was part of the Surrey Commercial Docks created in 1864 when the various companies owning Rotherhithe's C19th commercial docks amalgamated. Surrey Docks came to cover over 185 hectares, and was particularly important for imported timber. The Docks were finally closed in 1969; the linear wooded park was created by LB Southwark in 1980 from the former Russia Dock basin and part of the old canal wall and boat moorings are still visible. It contains a water feature that connects streams, a canal and lagoon, and two ponds. Numerous species of trees and shrubs were planted.
Previous / Other name: Surrey Commercial Docks
Site location: off Redriff Road
Postcode: SE16 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): 1980
Listed structures:
Borough: Southwark
Site ownership: LB Southwark
Site management: Parks; Russia Dock Woodland Steering Group. Friends of Russia Dock Woodland
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Canada Water (Jubilee). London Overground: Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe then bus. Bus: 381, C10
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.;

Fuller information:

Following a gradual deterioration of the park, funding was awarded for improvements by LB Southwark in 2001 and a steering group of local residents and Council officers was set up to address the overgrown state of the park, and repair need for the bridges, security, lighting, water features and signage. Friends of Russia Dock Woodland was set up in 2003 and in July 2009 the park was awarded a Green Flag and later in the same year the London Tree and Woodland Award.

Sources consulted:

John Archer, Bob Britton, Robert Burley, Tony Hare, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Southwark' Ecology Handbook 12, London Ecology Unit, 1989;
Grid ref: TQ361796
Size in hectares: 9.762
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance I
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Ecology Site, Tier Two. Regeneration Area. Green Chain Walk

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