Background to improving Beckenham Place Park

Background to improving Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park is Lewisham’s largest park by far. At 95 hectares it is 30% bigger than Greenwich Park. It boasts ancient woodland, meadow, parkland, a river and several historic buildings.

Yet the park remains little known among the wider community and is under-used. Its historic buildings are in need of significant renovation and the park as a whole requires major investment.

We have been seeking affordable solutions for the park and its buildings for a number of years. In 2014, it won the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme for plans to attract many more visitors to enjoy many more activities.

In December 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded us £4.9m to redevelop the park.

We believe this offers a real opportunity to make Beckenham Place Park one of the best parks in London.

A survey carried out in 2013 to understand how people use Beckenham Place Park concluded that, ‘the park appears to be underused’.

The reasons given in the survey for underuse of the park were:

  • lack of attractions and features
  • presence of unusable and derelict features
  • a large area is out of bounds
  • woodlands are difficult to navigate and feel unsafe to some users.

To ensure the park is well used in the future we will need to address each of these issues.

The golf course closed on 31 October 2016.