Welcome to Kennington Park
This much loved open space in south London has two parts; the Victorian Grade II listed park and the park extension to the east, created in the 1960’s.
The park has both a fascinating past and loads to offer in the here and now. Whether you’re mad on sports, want a coffee, have kids to entertain, dogs to walk or just want to sit and relax, head for Kennington Park.
There’s also information on the role of the Friends of Kennington Park, our latest projects and how you can support them.
Lambeth council want your views
Share your views about how youth clubs, adventure playground and one o’clock clubs are run - meet at Kennington Park Adventure Playground & One O’clock Club Wednesday 11th December, 6pm. Read more ... here.
Something to Sing About
Year 1 pupils studying Spanish at Archbishop Sumner Primary School have been raising their voices about Kennington Park in a song written especially for them by composer Heather Joyce. Read more ... here.
TFL map showing dog walking facilities and location for Bee UrbanTransport for London have produced a map that shows the temporary dog walking facilities and the new location for Bee Urban. Click on this link to see the map. If you have enquiries about this map, please send them to Lambeth's Parks Officer Lara Mifsud-Bonici (LMifsud-Bonici@lambeth.gov.uk).
Green flag award: We've got it again in 2013!
Please join us on September 13 at 4.30pm at Kennington Park when Kate Hoey MP will hoist the new Green Flag. you can: Read more ... here
TFL have circulated information about a drop in event: you can: Read more ... here
You may have noticed that some of the fitness trail equipment has been fenced off. At the same time, the astroturf has had to be closed temporarily. To find out about the repairs Lambeth is undertaking, you can: Read more ... here
On Monday 12 August and Tuesday 13 August between 10am and 1.00pm compost is being given away for free from the storage and equipment area (behind the Cafe). If you want to find out more telephone 07958 028275.
Twighlight Bat Walk 7 September
On the evening of Saturday 7 September Iain Boulton, Lambeth's Parks Project Officer will be leading a Bat Walk in Kennington Park. This is a great chance to find out more about these tiny elusive animals so make a note in your diary to come along. The walk will start from outside the Cafe at 7.15pm and last for just over an hour. Read more ... here
The Friends of Kennington Park have been informed by TFL that TFL is planning to undertake investigation work to understand the ground conditions of where new tunnnels would be built. This does not mean that the overall scheme has been given the go-ahead. The information acquired would be used by TFL for more detailed proposals should permission to build be granted. Read more ... here
Some park users have already spotted and started using the new 'ping pong' tables set up near the cafe. The tables have been installed in the Park thanks to a grant provided by Sport England. Read more ... here
Flower Garden Consultation: Saturday 13 July
Here is a link to the planning application on Lambeth council's website relating to the 'demolition of existing two story building, associated structures and fencing to facilitate the Northern Line extension scheme' http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MMXOEOBO02E00 June 2013
Volunteers from Angel Trains Ltd spent a day in June helping to tidy up the Flower garden and flower beds. you can ... Read more ... here
Flower Garden Consultation - 21 June 6.30 - 8.00pm
Come along to see our plans and tell us about the plants you would like to see in the flower garden
Flower Garden Consultation - Friday 31st May from 2pm in the Flower Garden
you can ... Read more ... here
Volunteers keep Park looking trim
A big thank you to the 35 Lloyds TSB business volunteers on a Give & Gain who did a day's gardening in Kennington Park on Friday 17 May... Read more...
Event at One O'clock club - Wednesday 29 May
Kennington Adventure Playground and the One O'clock club are going to become part of the Co-op Council and Youth Play process. Read more...
Bee Urban Events 2013
See the Bee Urban poster for upcoming events throughout the year ...
Annual General Meeting
Update on Flower Garden renovation
In November 2012 the Friends secured a stage 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop proposals for the flower garden. You can read more about how the proposals are progressing in the latest Kennington Park Flower Garden Bulletin. The bulletin will update you on progress and will explain how and when you can get involved.
Ventilation Shaft Head House Consultation 17th April 3pm - 7.30pm
The proposed ventilation shaft for the Northern Line Extension on the site of the Old Park Keepers Lodge will be beneath the park – but it requires a head house on the surface. This building will house maintenance equipment and vents for the shaft. There will be no loss of public park space as a result of the creation of the shaft and head house.
The plan is to replace the existing building with a building that meets the needs of the ventilation shaft, but can also accommodate community use. The Friends are adamant that this should be a base for the Bee Urban project, which is currently based on the site. Read more...
St Agnes Place road works
St Agnes Place and Bolton Crescent are being realigned as part of the plans for the new housing development and one o’clock club.
The work is expected to take 16 weeks. At some point the road will be closed to enable new sewers to be laid and connected to the main network.
Cricketers improve the football pitch
Work is under way to improve the football pitch on the park extension.
The pitch is incredibly popular; many teams use it week in, week out and this has taken its toll on the grass and players have switched their games to the nearby cricket pitch instead. Which, in turn, made the cricket pitch unfit for play.
Surrey County Cricket Club is paying for the football pitch to be reseeded. It’s the first step in restoring the cricket pitch so it can be used to train aspiring cricketers in schools and give other local cricketers somewhere suitable to play.
Northern line extension
Proposals for the extension of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea have been under discussion since 2010. The new line requires construction sites located close to the junctions with the present turning loop; and separate permanent ventilation shafts are required when the line is operational.
Transport for London (TfL) have investigated various sites for both the temporary and permanent shafts. Read more...
Major boost for flower garden renovation
The Friends have secured a Stage 1 grant of £21,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop their proposals for the renovation of the Flower Garden. The project will renew the garden’s planting and original features and improve access to the garden from the rest of the park. These steps will encourage much greater use of the space and address the anti-social behaviour that prevents many people from using the garden at the moment. Read more...
To find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund who are supporting this project please take a look at their website www.hlf.org.uk
A decade of difference in Kennington Park
Local people came out in their droves on 8 September to celebrate two landmark achievements – the 10th anniversary of the Friends of Kennington Park and the park’s retention of the coveted Green Flag for excellence in a public open space.. Read more...