New Church Road

New Church Road ran from Southampton Way to Wells Way; leading to St George’s Church and was removed in 2018.

Burgess Park is one of London’s biggest parks. 

The park has been reclaimed after hundreds of dwellings, factories and churches were demolished, thirty streets were covered over, the Grand Surrey Canal filled in, and bomb-damaged areas were incorporated and grassed over. This unusual method of park development took place gradually, within living memory. 

The ever-increasing patches of green which stretched along the canal route were named Burgess Park in 1973. The woodlands running between Southampton Way and Wells Way was one of the first areas of Burgess Park developed to improve wildlife habitats. 

In 2018 there was a further extension of the wildlife area when New Church Road was taken out and the roadway and pavement was relandscaped. The road ran from Southampton Way to Wells Way; leading to St George’s Church.

As seen in the above image a former police vehicle yard (visible in the trees on the left) used to be hidden amoungst the woodland area jutting into the park right up to the now removed New Church Road as in 2018.

Photo: New Church Road houses 1970s – south side (Jenny Chapple)

In this photo of New Church Road, the reclamation/junk yard is where the phone box is, and you can see the bath house at the end of the road on the left hand side of the photo. We lived on the corner of Victory Square which is just visible as a tiny street on the right hand side of the road just beyond the third car.

Jenny Chapple, January 2015.

Read more about the history of Burgess Park and New Church Road

This QR Code is part of our Woodland Trail

High-rise development threatens Burgess Park’s precious woodlands.
Support our Crowdfunder to allow us to assess the impact & challenge the plans.

Burgess Park has beautiful woodlands which are vital for local wildlife. They are a precious resource in an urban area. We fear that plans for tall buildings on the edge of the woodlands will reduce the sunlight and change the habitat. 

We need to fully understand what impact tall buildings would have.
Help us raise funds for an independent wildlife report that we can present to Southwark’s Planning Committee. We want to raise £3000 by the end of May 2021.

See our Crowdfunder for more info.

Help protect our Metropolitan Open Land – one of the final pieces of the Burgess Park Jigsaw

On the west edge of Southampton Way Woodland at the entrance to Burgess Park is an area of derelict land used for what was supposed to be temporary scrap-yards & car-washing.

This land has been designated as part of the protected Metropolitan Open Land of Burgess Park for over 30 years, as the council steadily CPO’d (Compulsory Purchased) the various bits of privately owned land, designated to be the park for local people, in the original Abercrobie Plan after WW2.

This is one of the final pieces of that precious jigsaw.

However, a developer has bought an option on the site & are suggesting up to a 6 storey residential tower-block on this entrance to the park.

The council had promised to CPO the site but has yet to implement the promise.

Find more information and sign the petition below.

Read our woodland blog over at Friends of Burgess Park