Friday 7 March 2014

Burgess Park, south east London

Shaped like a right angled triangle, Burgess Park starts as a narrow, long tract of green at Camberwell Road, gradually widening as it approaches The Old Kent Road. Although it is mostly flat, the 56 hectare park has been recently re-landscaped, planted with wild flowers and kitted out with smart new benches and signage. It boasts a sizeable lake, several playgrounds, a top notch BMX track, an array of other sports facilities and a keenly-priced cafe in the Grade II listed Chumleigh Gardens buildings - an atmospheric set of almshouses surrounding a garden in the heart of the park. Created on land heavily bombed in the Second World War, Burgess Park has its origins in the 1950s and is a much-needed green lung in a densely-populated and a relatively deprived part of London. 7/10

Grade II listed Chumleigh Gardens almshouses