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Cornmill Gardens and River Mill Park

Cornmill Gardens is an open space for Lewisham Town Centre, providing residents access to the River Ravensbourne, which has been released from its concrete walls.

The new river banks were planted with a selection of native plans and trees, and there are signs of naturally occurring native plants establishing themselves.

Already breeding families of mallards and moorhens have made their homes along this stretch of the river. Situated just off Loampit Vale, this is the first of three new open spaces planned for Lewisham Town Centre.

River Mill Park

River Mill Park replaced the old Sundermead estate which was demolished to enable the redevelopment of Loampit Vale and overlooks Cornmill Gardens, the first of three new green spaces planned for the town centre. Cornmill Gardens opened in 2007, and along with its well-manicured lawns and children's play area provides residents with direct access to the Ravensbourne, which has been released from its concrete walls.

Since it opened Cornmill Gardens has won, or been shortlisted for, a number of national design and landscaping awards, as well as a Green Flag award.

  • Winner: Best New Public Space, London Planning Awards 2008
  • Winner: Best Streetscape Project, Horticulture Week Landscape and Amenity Awards 2007
  • Winner: Waterways, Local Government News' Street Design Awards 2008
  • Winner: Civic Trust Award, Shortlisted: Partnership Award, Civic Trust Awards 2008

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