Stave Hill Ecological Park (SHEP)

Posted on 17th May 2011 in Maps, Open Spaces

Entrance sign for Stave Hill Eco ParkSHED, Stave Hill's green buildingStave Hill Eco Park map

Stave Hill Ecological Park (SHEP) is one of the many jewels on the Rotherhithe Peninsula. A truly unique area of environmental significance it’s grown in splendour from challenging beginnings into one of London’s most coveted locations.

Stave Dock was originally one of ten that together formed the Surrey Commercial Docks which was sold to Southwark Council in 1977. During the 1980’s as part of the land reclamation scheme Stave Dock was gradually filled in.

Stave Hill Ecological Park stands as a reminder of the docks original location and as a testament to the many community activists, campaigners and local Rotherhithe residents who fought hard to stop the entire peninsula from being built upon. Their input into the plans of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) helped to create the many open spaces that exist on the peninsula today.

SHEP is now managed by the Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE) and it survives, thanks largely to the enthusiasm and determination of its present manager, leading a dedicated team of loyal volunteers who regularly give up their time to attend to the many demands of its upkeep.

The park itself is comprised of grassland and woodland areas as well as scrub and wetland habitats, all helping to support the health and wellbeing of a wide variety of wildlife – as well as the local residents and the many friends and visitors!

SHEP is widely loved and offers something for everyone. It has an educational facility, a research area and by its very nature as an open space, it’s a place to play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. For others, it’s a more peaceful haven, a place of relaxation and tranquillity.

Please visit these links for more information about volunteering, travel directions and contact details.

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Alfred Salter Playground

Posted on 13th December 2010 in Campaigns, Maps, Open Spaces

Another children’s play area targeted by Thames Water as part of their ‘super sewer’ project is the Alfred Salter Playground in Druid Street. Named after one of the areas local hero’s, it is nestled safely within the flats where many of the children that use it live.

Attached to the entrance gate of the playground is a commemorative plaque telling us, amongst other things, that Dr Salter “devoted his life to improving living conditions in Bermondsey”, how wonderful it would be if today’s engineers, planners and developers had this as a guiding principle before laying pen to paper. Let the children play!

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Save King’s Stairs Gardens

Posted on 1st December 2010 in Campaigns, Maps, Open Spaces

The campaign to save King’s Stairs Gardens from unnecessary destruction by Thames Water is gathering considerable momentum.

Thames Water intends to use this much loved park as a construction site for their Thames Tideway Tunnel over a period of 7 years and after that as a ‘super sewer’ shaft site!

Visit the Save King’s Stairs Gardens campaign website at to find out what’s going on and how you can help stop Thames Water from destroying this beautiful green space and children’s playground.

It’s not too late to show your support and join thousands of others who have signed the online petition to let Thames Water know they should use other, more suitable brownfield sites. Don’t forget to pass this on and tell your friends and families to sign the petition now before it’s handed in to Thames Water.

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