Sunday 3rd December is next volunteer day,     2-4pm

Sunday 3rd December is next volunteer day, 2-4pm

The more the merrier, so please come along to the Community Wildlife Garden between 2pm and 4pm.  We are clearing the raised beds and genaral clearing of winter garden.  If you want to know more about the volunteer day, please email

This year's fete - a great success as ever

This year's fete - a great success as ever

The annual fete held on 2nd September was a great success - a sunny afternoon brought together old and young from all around to enjoy the children's fancy dress, the Dog Show, Punch and Judy, sack races, coconut shies, food stalls   offering everything from hog roast and pizza to burgers, the tea tent sellingdelicious homemade cakes,  the ever popular Pimms and beer stand, plus numerous stalls around the ring

Many thanks to all those who helped organise and run the fete, and to the local businesses who supported it.

All the profits go towards the maintenance of the Community Wildlife Garden and to fund other projects within the Park and Common.


The current leaseholder of the café on Peckham Rye applied for planning permission to extend the area of the café. This has been approved, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for the Environment, who has to approve any development on Common Land. The proposal to add a roof terrace was withdrawn You can view the plans on

The main elements of the proposal which will impact on the Park and Common are:

to extend of the area taken up by the café widthways and lengthways into designated Metropolitan Open Land (MOL)/Common land. The whole of Peckham Rye Park and Common is designated MOL, and the Common is designated also as Common Land, which means that there are strict limitations on any building. The extension goes against Southwark Council’s policy of reducing building on MOL/Common Land.

The original plans for the café on the Common where that it would be single storey and low lying so not to dominate the southern edge of the Common or increase the urbanisation of the area. The addition of roof terrace would have added to the height of the building and created safety issues. A rooftop addition wouldhave had an impact on the view looking south from the open Common.

The plans include two changing rooms when there are new changing rooms scheduled to be built in the Park. Without these the café could extend and refurbish within the current footprint.

The plan is to paint the timber cladding dark grey, making its structure more obtrusive when looking South across the Common.

Peckham Rye Common and Park are one of the few open green spaces in South London and every year plans are put forward to reduce this green space.  The Friends of Peckham Rye Park continue to be vigilant in resisting development on MOL/Common Land. 


Relocation of car park, changing rooms and playground: schedule update

Relocation of car park, changing rooms and playground: schedule update

The new car park has been built and we expect it to be opened soon.

The revised plan below shows the playground that will be built on the existing car park and extending into the Common. The new schedule for the other works planned is as below.

  • Works to playroom, play area and changing rooms adjacent to the adventure playground in the park are to start May 8th 2017 with completion 26th October 2017.
  • Construction of new playground on the old car park extending into the Common - start and completion dates as above.
  • Works to restore and return to the Common the area west of the cafe to start October 26th.

Former Lido Site - update April 2017

Former Lido Site - update April 2017

A consultation meeting was held at the White Horse pub on Monday 23 Jan. The main purpose of the session was to ask people what they wanted on the site and to give them the chance to ask questions of the two people behind the lido project and the architects they have involved.  A number of people expressed concern about the suitability of the site for what has been outlined in the online consultation process (see below). 

The scope of the feasibility study has not yet been circulated and work on carrying out the study appears to be at a very early stage.

There is an online consultation process under way about which the  The Friends of Peckham Rye Park has a number of concerns, not least that it does not mention the fact that it would require building on protected Metropolitan Open Land. To take part in the online consultation go to:

The Friends of Peckham Rye Park are also keen that any future consultation meeting should  reach out to the public at large and not just be advertised using social media, and that it should not be limited only to ticket holders.

In late April we were informed that little progress has been made on the feasibility study. We will keep you informed