Lewisham Council - Sydenham Wells Park

Sydenham Wells Park

One of the most attractive parks in the borough with its fine water features, formal gardens and fine array of mature trees and shrubs.

The park has two tennis courts and a multi sports ball court.

The park is patrolled by on-site park keepers.


  • Wells Park Road.


  • Children’s playground and an under 5s playground
  • Tennis courts
  • Ball courts
  • Friends of park group
  • Green flag
  • Water play area
  • Nature reserve
  • Ornamental garden
  • Toilets, including disabled toilets.


The park is serviced by bus routes 202, 356.

Sensory garden

Treat yourself by visiting this garden, a wide range of vibrant and colourful plants have been planted in the garden that stimulate all the five senses.

The garden is in the final stages of completion and is awaiting the installation of a water feature in the curved brick area, some final touches on the paths and the addition of a raised bed that will increase the garden’s inclusiveness.

The water feature, a large rock with recycled water trickling over it, symbolises the underground springs present in Sydenham Wells Park and is powered by solar energy through a solar panel erected in the gardens.

A black metal seat encircles the tree in the Sensory Garden. Many helping hands have been involved in this project mainly Glendale’s Ground Staff and the Green Gym volunteers.

Nature reserve

Formerly the site of Wynell Road Nursery, this small backland between Queenswood and Wynell Roads has been managed as a nature reserve since 1988, when we obtained the freehold under a planning agreement from the developer of the adjacent housing estate. The nature reserve has recently been planted with whips of dog rose, beech, hawthorn and hazel as part of an initiative by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. These have been added to the Handkerchief tree, Monkey Puzzle tree and British elms planted over the last two years.

Local residents have shown a keen interest in the reserve from the start, sitting on a management committee and carrying out practical work on the site, under the guidance originally of the Lewisham Group for the London Wildlife Trust and subsequently of the Council’s nature conservation section.

The Sydenham Garden Project uses the reserve as a community horticultural therapy resource, for those coping with significant illness to recover their lives through outdoor and creative work. The site is kept locked when staff are not present on site.


The site is a combination of scrubby woodland and rough grassland. The grassland is dominated by false oat-grass and Yorkshire-fog, which is cut annually in autumn. An abundance of goat's-rue provides a fine display of pink and white flowers in summer. This plant, resembling a large vetch, was originally introduced to Britain as a fodder crop, and is now well established in rough grasslands and wastelands throughout London, though it remains scarce over much of the rest of the country. A number of large ant-hills in the grassland suggest that it has been undisturbed for a considerable period of time.


Scattered trees and patches of scrub add variety and provide food and cover for a range of birds, including nesting blackcaps, and other animals. A large patch of bramble in a sunny spot near the gate is particularly favoured by butterflies, such as holly blue, speckled wood and meadow brown, which are attracted by its nectar-rich flowers.


The large pond on site attracts a wide range of bird species including mallards, moorhens, tufted ducks and grey herons. Other species which have been seen in the park include the chiffchaff, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, jay, nuthatch, coat tit, redstart, tree creeper, wagtail, woodpecker and sparrow hawk. 


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