Inventory Site Record

Stave Hill Nature Park

Stave Hill Nature Park (Southwark)

Brief Description

Stave Hill is on a site which once was part of the Surrey Commercial Docks, which were created on former pasture and marshland in 1864 when Rotherhithe's C19th commercial docks were amalgamated and came to cover over 185 hectares. The Docks were closed in 1969, and Stave Hill is an artificial hill created from spoil when the docks were infilled in 1985/9. From the hill are fine views and at the summit is a bronze map by Michael Rizzello, 1986, commissioned by the London Docklands Development Corporation. The hill overlooks a nature reserve created by the Trust for Urban Ecology, which was planted with saplings in 1987. Trees include field maple, alder, ash, birch, aspen, cherry, rowan and oak and numerous shrubs plus a number of ponds.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Surrey Commercial Docks
Site location:
off Salter Road, Rotherhithe
Postcode:
SE16 6SA
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 8 times, most recently in 2018.
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Canada Water (Jubilee) London Overground: Rotherhithe then bus. Bus: 1, 225, 381, 395

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.urbanecology.org.uk/stavehill

Full Site Description

Sources consulted:

John Archer, Bob Britton, Robert Burley, Tony Hare, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Southwark' Ecology Handbook 12, London Ecology Unit, 1989; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999.

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ361798
Size in hectares:
c.2.4
Site ownership:
LB Southwark
Site management:
Nature reserve managed by Trust for Urban Ecology
Date(s):
1986-88
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Hill: Greens/Commons, Tier Three. Regeneration Area
Photos

Stave Hill Nature Park

Stave Hill Ecological Park, The Compound 02 - Photo: Candy Blackham
Date taken: 07/06/16 12:31
Click photo to enlarge.

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