Parks Management

The Parks in Lewisham are managed under contract through Glendale Grounds Management.  They work closely with the London Borough of Lewisham to improve the quality of our Parks and Open Spaces.  The Greenscene department oversees the management of parks by Glendale, and directly manages nature conservation sites, allotments and other open spaces.  A number of these parks also have Friends Groups, which is a great way for you to get inolved in your local site.

Glendale Nature Conservation Officer

Glendale’s Nature Conservation Officer, Judith Watling, provides volunteer activities such as Nature’s Gym, community conservation events and school sessions in the local parks by working closely with Lewisham’s Nature Conservation Officer. Other responsibilities include providing advice, assisting with management plans and helping with the Green Flag submissions.

Good Parks for London


For the last three years Parks for London has complied and published a report in to the best parks in London. Lewisham has finished in the the top 3 every year. Taken from their website:

“[We] support and celebrate the amazing work that London boroughs and other land managers do to maintain and develop London’s parks and green spaces. Our aim is that the report be used to promote good practice, raise quality standards and help lobby to protect park budgets and resources. Part one of the report assesses how London borough parks services perform against the ten Good Parks criteria, which include public satisfaction, health and wellbeing, nature, community, sustainability and more. Part two focuses on examples of good practice, topical case studies and news stories.”

Good Parks for London 2020

You can download the report for 2020 and read about how Lewisham is doing. It reflects on last year to March 2020 just as we went in to our first national lock-down.  It discusses the impact that Covid-19 had on parks and how we used the parks during this time. Parks for London felt that this was so significant that they subtitled the report ‘Parks and the Pandemic’.

Bird Champion

The Bird Champion project is run by Glendale Grounds Management and bird champion volunteers.  It aims to survey the park for different species and involve the park users in the park’s biodiversity.  A bird feeder is placed in a suitable location in the park and a delegated park user (The Bird Champion/s) will regularly fill the bird feeder and monitor and record the different species and their numbers.  The collated data (see below) will show the abundance and diversity of the park’s bird species and give insight to any changes needed in the parks management practices.  The information will also support the Lewisham Biodiversity Action Plans for the Song thrush, House sparrow and Black redstart.

If you are interested in becoming a bird champion in your local park, please contact Judith Watling Glendale’s Nature Conservation Officer.

Bird Champion Data

If you would like up to date information on the Bird Champion date, please contact Jess Kyle who would be happy to send it to you.

5 thoughts on “The Parks

  1. Please could you let me know in which year the Sensory Garden in Sydenham Wells Park was completed. In particular, the installation of the block of Serpentenite rock that symbolises the old wells. Have you any idea where it came from? Was it the Alps?

    1. Dear Diana, I am afraid I don’t know, but I will pass your message on to the Friends to see if I can find out.

      Best wishes,


    2. The sensory garden was planted in 2008 and the Rock a Rosso Varicossa was bought from the Lake District but purchased from a landscape centre in Kent, since the water has stopped coming out of the top but it is on the list for repair work. The circular bench was placed to celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Christian Aid.

      1. Thanks very much for the information Monika. I am pleased that someone knew the answer. I hope this helps Diana?

        Best wishes,


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