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Southwark Park is an English Heritage Grade Two Listed amenity, and one of London’s oldest parks. First opened to the public in 1869, the park has always been a most important place for the people of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to enjoy. Nowadays it also attracts many visitors from outside Southwark.

King’s Stairs Gardens is a Field in Trust. Originally conceived as an extension to Southwark Park during the Second World War, the park was slowly developed in stages, before completion in 1982. Today it is an attractive urban haven located between the ever busy Jamaica Road and the majestic River Thames.

Southwark Park Association 1869 has established this website to promote and provide information about both parks. There was a special focus on Southwark Park during 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its opening to the public on 19th June 1869.


Southwark Park Association 1869 is a voluntary community organisation, founded on 18th July 2018. Our principal aims are to promote and protect Southwark Park and King’s Stairs Gardens for the benefit of the public, by working in partnership with local authorities, other democratic organisations and individuals. The Association is a strictly non-party political organisation. You may view our Constitution here. Our latest Annual Report may be viewed here.

Office Holders
Our Management Committee runs the day-to-day affairs of the group on behalf of the members, and meets not less than six times a year. The current Committee consists of Ballers Academy (co-opted), Dave Fisher, Gary Glover, Marjorie Hill (Assistant Treasurer), Pat Kingwell (Secretary), Denis McMillan (co-opted), Gary Magold, Barry Marsh, Benita Meli (Deputy Chair), Pam Miller (Treasurer), Ann Smith (Chair), Marta Prieto (Projects Officer), Amanda Squires (co-opted), Sarah Vaughan (co-opted), Flavia Malim (co-opted) and Simon Wilks (co-opted).

We are proud to have the support of Jenny Bianco; Neil Coyle M.P.; Travis Elborough; Mary Gibson; and Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Hughes.


Southwark Park Association is a membership organisation and is open to people over the age of 18, regardless of where they live, gender, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. Currently there is no membership fee. Membership is by completion of an application form, which requires the approval of the Southwark Park Association 1869 Management Committee. All registered members are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting, General and Special General meetings.

Join us

We believe that the more members we have, the more our voice is heard.  By joining our friendly group of members you will be helping to promote Southwark Park and King’s Stairs Gardens, and will make a real difference to the parks and the community. If you are interested in being a member please contact us on ourpark@live.co.uk

Support Us

We recognise that membership is not for everybody. Busy lives may not allow regular involvement. Being kept updated on the work of our group may be enough. We therefore encourage people to register with us as supporters, again with no fee. All registered supporters will receive regular updates and are entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting, General and Special General meetings, but will not be allowed to vote. If you are interested in being a supporter please contact us on ourpark@live.co.uk


Contact Us

Welcome to the contact page for Southwark Park Association 1869. You can send mail to us at the address below. Or use the form to contact us by email.

Postal address:
c/o Peek Frean Museum,
100, Old Biscuit Factory Site,
Drummond Road,
SE16 4DG


Below is a form to contact us by email.