Places for Fresh Air

With so many parks and green open spaces on your doorstep, it’s hard to believe you’re in zone two, with London Bridge and Canary Wharf just a train journey away. The Timberyard is surrounded by 28-acres of park space for you to enjoy, and at the heart of your riverside home is the new Waterline Linear Park that follows the historic route to the Grand Surrey Canal.

Step out of your city pad and you’ll find community parks and historic green spaces in minutes. You’re never far from a piece of parkland in which to take a walk or run, or simply sit back and relax with a takeout coffee and a good book.

Deptford Park is loved by locals and visitors, but the jewel in the crown has to be nearby Greenwich park, which is easy to get to from Deptford along designated cycle routes. Or hop on a train and be there in two minutes.

Brookmill Park, Deptford

At just nine acres, this park may be small, but it’s an urban oasis with lots to offer and is enjoyed by the whole community. Formerly known as Ravensbourne Park, the Ravensbourne river runs through it and there’s a nature reserve, small lake, an abundance of mature trees and plenty of picnic spots to enjoy with friends on sunny days. While you’re there, look out for the faded Banksy mural.

Brookmill Road SE8 4JJ

www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/Pages/brookmill-park.aspx

 

Deptford Park, Deptford

As one of the biggest and oldest parks in the area, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend walk or gentle run and it’s just a stone’s throw from The Timberyard. If you’re feeling more energetic, there’s a football pitch to use, or you can simply relax and enjoy nature. With green spaces like this on your urban doorstep, living in Deptford really gives you the best of both worlds.

Evelyn Street SE8 5AE

www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/Pages/deptford-park.aspx

 

Creekside Discovery Centre, Deptford

If you want to get your hands dirty and learn about the wildlife that lives in and around Deptford, head down to the Creekside Discovery Centre. With direct access to sludgy Deptford Creek, you can wade through the creek at low tide when almost a kilometre of riverbed is exposed, and get up close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife that call it home, including shrimps, crabs, fish, birds and many species of wildflower.

14 Creekside SE8 4SA

www.creeksidecentre.org.uk

 

Greenwich Park, Greenwich

One of the largest green spaces in south-east London and a haven for wildlife, Greenwich Park just a short journey from The Timberyard. Take a stroll through this glorious, rolling green space – it’ll be hard to believe you’re in London, surrounded by city living. Home to formal gardens, sporting activities and historic monuments, it’s the perfect place to take a proper walk. Head up to the top of the park and be rewarded with breathtaking views across the city – you won’t be disappointed.

Park Row, Greenwich SE10 8XJ

www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/greenwich-park

 

Sayes Court Park

Once the site of the Elizabethan mansion of 17th century diarist, John Sayes, today the grounds house a community park with a children’s play area. The property is long gone, but it’s a slice of Deptford’s history that’s well worth a visit. The park is just a stone’s throw from the Thames, so if you’re feeling like a riverside stroll, you can take detour to the water on your way.

Sayes Court Street SE8

www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/Pages/sayes-court.aspx

 

Margaret McMillan Park, Deptford

This community space won an award for Best New Urban Space at the London Planning Awards in 2012. The park is named after the New York- born Margaret McMillan. Along with her sister Rachel, Margaret moved to London and worked in Deptford where she became a pioneer of nursery education and lobbied for the 1906 Provision of School Meals Act. The park connects Hatcham Gardens through to Deptford Town Centre along safer walking routes, but it’s much more than just a passing thoroughfare. With a children’s play area, picnic benches and space to relax away from the buzzing high street, it’s a little pocket of green to be enjoyed by locals and visitors.

Access from Douglas Way, Watson’s Street and Glenville Grove, Deptford

www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/Pages/margaret-mcmillan-park.aspx

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