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Picture of Lower Park in 2003

Telegraph Hill’s two Parks - in reality one park separated into two elements by Kitto Road - were described on their opening in April 1895 as “the smallest of London’s lungs”.  The description fits them well.

Only some 10 acres in area, but built on the first high ground to the south-east of London, they look much larger than their size because of clever landscaping and planting.  They command a fine view over central and west London: the panorama taking in St Paul’s, the BT Tower, the London Eye, the Palace of Westminster and Battersea. On a fine day, the Hampstead Heights frame the view to the north with Alexandria Palace easily visible.

After a period of decline since the 1940s the Parks are today being restored, the ponds recreated and the Victorian ironwork replaced. 

Who does what?

The London Borough of Lewisham

The London Borough of Lewisham, in which the Parks are located, own them, having taken them over from the London County Council who originally created them “for the use and enjoyment of the people forever.”  The Borough is responsible for maintaining the Parks on a long-term basis.  It has sub-contracted management and maintenance on a day-to-day basis to Glendale Park Management.

The Telegraph Hill Parks and Amenities Working Party

A sub-committee of the Telegraph Hill Society, the working party represents the local residents’ association in all matters relating to the Park, roadside trees, local nature conservation, and on issues such as local amenities like libraries, sports and leisure.   More information can be found in the Society’s newsletters. The Working Party was responsible for the initial idea, campaign and consultations on the park restoration.

The Telegraph Hill Parks Users Group

An independent group comprising local residents and park users and representatives of the London Borough of Lewisham. It is consulted by the Council on matters relating to park management and has cross-representation with the Telegraph Hill Society.  Meetings are open to all park users and are widely advertised. An appointed steering group handled the Lottery bid and design process.