South Park Gardens is a much-loved and well-used park in Wimbledon. First opened in September 1901, it was restored to its Victorian glory in June 2009 thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
See also: Friends of South Park Gardens website
Green Flag Award
South Park Gardens is a Green Flag Award winning site; a nationally recognised standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
About the gardens
South Park Gardens is a triangular shaped Victorian garden, laid out in a Beaux Arts style. It is 2.4 hectares in size and located just off the Broadway in central Wimbledon. It is bordered by Trinity, Dudley and Kings Roads and lies within the South Park Gardens Conservation Area. The gardens have been included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Interest as Grade II. The gardens are considered by the London Borough of Merton as a 'flagship' open space due to their historic and horticultural merit.
South Park Gardens was laid out in the late 1800s. By 1898 the park was partly surrounded by housing; the OS map for 1913 shows completed housing development and the gardens laid out with perimeter shrubberies, serpentine paths, scattered trees, a drinking fountain and a bandstand. A series of circular features remain linked by asphalt paths, with a straight east/west path across the centre. The beds were sumptuously planted with roses and annual bedding plants.
There is an active Friends Group - Friends of South Park Gardens - which lobbies and fund-raises for the gardens and which runs a number of popular events in the gardens please see the site noticeboards on the Friends Website for further details.
The perimeter fencing was replaced by the council in 2007 with replica cast iron railings, designed to match the originals. The installation of the railings formed the first part of the gardens restoration, which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the council and Friends of South Park Gardens
The restoration of the gardens included replacing all the pathways, installing new seats and bins, the creation of a flexible performance space and restoring the fountain.
In 2015 the council replaced the toilets with a new purpose built community facility, incorporating toilets, kiosk, gardeners storage, friends storage and a community space.
- Ornamental gardens
- Community space
- Garden room
The locking process normally begins around sunset and takes some hours to complete. You should leave the park at dusk to avoid being locked inside the park.
|Monday - Friday||8 AM||Dusk|
|Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays||9 AM||Dusk|
South Park Gardens Management Plan
Historic parks and gardens
Friends of South Park Gardens website
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Tel: 020 3876 8806
Location and transport
South Park Gardens has entrances on Dudley Road, Kings Road and Trinity Road, Wimbledon.
- Buses: 200
- Rail/tube: Wimbledon (District)