Southwark begins work on £6m Burgess Park revamp

The major revamp involves the introduction of around 92,000 new plants and is expected to last for around nine months.

Improvements include two new wetland habitats around the lake which will be redesigned, 164 new trees, a new playground, a lawn and wildlife garden, rain gardens designed to capture surface water drainage around the park entrances and the removal of redundant roads and pathways.

The plans, created by LDA Design, won £2m from the London Mayor’s Priority Parks scheme in 2009 and match funding worth £4m from the Government’s New Deal for Communities programme.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove from Southwark Council said the park was an asset to the borough and had long needed upgrading. "Because of the scale of the works it will inevitably mean the closure of large parts of the park, but I’d ask the public to bear with us. The end result will be worth it - a vibrant, more attractive park for the entire borough to be proud of," he added. 

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