Discover Wandsworth’s Parks

When asking Wandsworth Artists what they love about Wandsworth there is a consensus of a love for our local parks and outdoor spaces. To celebrate we’re taking a look at a few of our local parks. You can find a full list of Wandsworth Parks here.

Also as Autumn begins we believe this is the best time of year to experience the outside – crisp mornings, the leaves turning colours and the ground spotted with conkers. Here are a few of our favourite parks:

In the North East corner of Wandsworth you’ll find one of the biggest parks in London, Battersea Park. Battersea Park is a large (200 acre) Victorian park, built between 1854 and 1870. It has a riverside promenade, a large lake, many notable trees and ecological areas, children’s play areas, a children’s zoo, the Pump House gallery, ceremony venue and sports facilities

Travel to the North West corner of Wandsworth to find The Pleasance, a large historic green dating from mediaeval times. It is adjacent to 1920s Dover House Estate and partially overlooked by quiet residential streets. Colourful line of spring bulbs and variety of mature tree cover encouraging bird life. There is also a new woodland play area and boasts more peaceful space in the form of the traffic-free Putney Park Lane near by.

To the West of the borough is Coronation Gardens. A historic Edwardian park with a formal path network with some beautiful tree features, including a central ring of mature London planes, an avenue of horse chestnuts, and another line of planes. A fruiting orchard was recently added to it’s long list of beauty.

Move to the middle of Wandsworth is Wandsworth Common. South-west London’s prominent park. It is well provided with open common land that dates back to mediaeval origins. The Commons today are protected by legislation over and above other public parks which means it’s here to stay. At the park you can find a wide sweeps of natural landscape and sports facilities. Wandsworth Common also includes the former Battersea West Heath replete with boundary markers. There’s lots to do in this park, there are woods, lakes, and heath, as well as playgrounds, café, bowls and tennis, and a trim trail.

To the East is Heathbrook Park. Here is a secret park, well hidden from traffic on the nearby Wandsworth Road. Once inside, mature trees and a surprisingly large green space become apparent for you to enjoy. A circulation path allows a continuous walk around a large green where the gym equipment was installed in 2010. The park is well used by dog walkers and dogs exercise in the large open area.

Finally in the South east corner of Wandsworth is Furzedown Rec. In contrast with the nearby woods and wider common, this formal park packs much into its small area for people of every age – bowling green, tennis courts, picnic tables, play areas with ball games and small skate board court. A young orchard will become a quiet shady spot for relaxation with a scattering of mature trees marks the boundaries.

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