150 years since the Southwark Park Act

On 28th April, Friends of Southwark Park, local residents and Simon Hughes attended a ceremony to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Southwark Park Act (1864). 

Southwark Park is one of London’s oldest parks and was first opened to the public in 1869. At the ceremony, residents took part in a special tree planting ceremony.

Commenting on the anniversary, Simon Hughes, Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said:

 “I am delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act, as well as the ongoing work and efforts of Friends of Southwark Park – a group that does so much to support the park and its development.

 The decision by Parliament to create Southwark Park by law 150 years ago was far-sighted and has been one of the greatest places for health and leisure in our borough. I noted, from looking at the records, that no sooner than the plans for the park had become law, there was a battle to take away some of the park for housing. It is really good that the battle to keep the park as originally planned was won in the 19th century, and the park has been protected ever since.

 We should be proud of its history and work to make sure we can be proud of its future.”