Lewisham Council - Geology of Beckenham Place Park

Geology of Beckenham Place Park

The complex geology beneath Beckenham Place Park is responsible in part for the diverse range of habitats.

The north-western part of the park and a small area in the south lie on the London Clay. Most of the middle is underlain by the pebbly sand and gravel of the Blackheath Beds, with a narrow band of Woolwich and Reading Beds.

To the east are River Terrace Gravels. These three strata give rise to well-drained, acidic soils.

Summerhouse Field and part of the common, on the eastern edge of the park, lie on alluvium from the River Ravensbourne, while the rest of the common is landfill from after the Second World War.

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