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The London Borough of Southwark ( (listen) SUDH-ərk) in South London forms part of Inner London and is connected by bridges across the River Thames to the City of London and London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963. All districts of the area are within the London postal district. It is governed by Southwark London Borough Council.

The part of the South Bank within the borough is home to London Bridge terminus station and the attractions of The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and Borough Market that are the largest of the venues in Southwark to draw domestic and international tourism. Dulwich is home to the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Imperial War Museum is in Elephant and Castle.

Climate action

See List of climate assemblies, Southwark

Open spaces


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Friends of Goose Green - Friends of Peckham Rye Park - Parks and open spaces on - Peckham Coal Line (secure link not found 11:25, 18 February 2021 (UTC)), Grass roots initiative to create an urban park using disused space between Queens Road Peckham and Rye Lane. - Wikipedia: Southwark parks and open spaces, Bankside Open Spaces Trust


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The London Borough of Southwark, occupying a roughly triangular area south of Tower Bridge over the River Thames, considers itself to be one of the greenest boroughs in London, with its 245 hectares (610 acres) of public parkland. There are more than 130 such green areas, ranging from the large areas around Dulwich and Southwark Park in Rotherhithe to the many sports grounds and squares.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) is a horticulture, gardening and management of urban open space charity, based in Bankside, the southern bank by the River Thames, Southwark, Central London, England. BOST services clients in London and supports and inspires people of local communities and organisations, among others Tate Modern community garden, to improve, create and enjoy the parks, gardens, green spaces, and, passive and active recreation areas.

The charity supports and services a broad and thriving network of parks, community managed green spaces and open spaces groups to carry out consultation, fundraise and oversee improvements. BOST has supported residents with choosing new play equipment, bespoke garden design and developing new areas, making accessible improvements and re-landscaping.

BOST helps to initiate and run community gardening clubs, award small grants for local horticulture projects and both organises and hires out parks and open spaces for celebratory public and private events. BOST has set up a community garden resource centre with a pond and encourages people to grow their own food - vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and bushes - through 'edible projects', utilising raised-bed gardening and planting. They also provide informal horticultural training, landscape maintenance, garden maintenance, grounds maintenance and gardening work experience in the local parks, gardens and open spaces.

Trees, woodland and forest

Elephant and Castle Urban Forest - Video: Elephant and Castle Urban Forest, September 2011

Community involvement

Commonplace Peckham Rye - Peckham Rye CoDesign - People's Republic of Southwark - Pocket Places Peckham

Communities online

Bellenden Residents' Group - Peckham Residents' Network

Community and voluntary action

Community Action Southwark, umbrella organisation (or Council for Voluntary Service) for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark - Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum

Cycling activism

Community Cycleworks, not for profit organisation that runs build-a-bike courses, bikefix, and road and mountain biking rideouts, for young people in the London Borough of Southwark and beyond - Southwark Cyclists

Food activism

Glengall Wharf Garden - Surrey Docks Farm - Walworth Garden Farm

Sustainable transport activism

Southwark Living Streets

Thames Path W


Networks and sustainability initiatives


Peckham Vision

Community resources

Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) is a development trust and social enterprise which seeks to make London's South Bank a better place in which to live, to work, to visit and to study. Since 1984 CSCB has transformed a largely derelict 13-acre site into a thriving mixed-use neighbourhood.


Heart of the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest Map, Maps, open data and activism on the Heygate estate, Tom Chance's blog, April 19, 2011



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News and comment


London hospital trust to pay £250k to install LTN for public health benefits, Nov 17[1]


Borough Market to phase out plastic bottle sales with free fountains, Aug 23[2]


Fossil Free Southwark: Our Story, Dec 14[3]

Southwark pension fund to shed fossil fuel investments, Dec 14[4]


Why comparisons with the Highline are a double-edged sword... September 12[5]


The planning points 4, February 1[6]


London Development Agency to provide £4 million to the Bankside Urban Forest - a programme of works to improve public space in the Bankside area from the riverside to the Elephant & Castle,[7] March 10


Clinton praise for London project,[8] May 19



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Save Southwark Woods


FossilFreeSouthwark on twitter

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External links


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