About

Potters Fields Park lies at the very heart of London, on the southern side of the Thames. It has sweeping views of the river, and iconic sights of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the ‘Gherkin’, the glass dome of CityHall and HMS Belfast. The grassy mounds & riverside walks of Potters Fields Park are also one of the few remaining green open spaces along the riverside.
– come and visit us today!

A massive thank you for having the screen in the park so we could all enjoy the Olympics, it was brilliant! Many an hour was spent after work watching the games and with so many people the atmosphere was incredible. - Stephanie

Extensively landscaped in 2007, the park you see today has been transformed into a beautiful, world class facility, which hundreds of people pass through and enjoy on a daily basis.

Landscape architects Gross Max created a place for public events and private contemplation; a park which reflects upon its distinctive local history, and provides a safe, clean and restful space within the bustle of the city.

Its sweeping expanses of grass, whispering trees, quiet walkways and colourful herbaceous garden by Piet Oudolf, world famous plantsman, provide an oasis of peace. Bring the family for a picnic; lie on the grass and read a book; have a drink and a bite to eat from the cafe; or just stroll through the park on your way to work – there are so many ways to relax.

It’s your park, and we want you to enjoy it.

The park is subject to London Borough of Southwark’s byelaws.

The park is managed by the Potters Fields Park Management Trust.

Wildlife in the park

There is a whole host of wildlife in Potters Fields Park thanks to the naturalistic garden design with herbaceous perennial beds. We also try to encourage wildlife with bee hives, bird & bat boxes, bluebell meadows and insect hotels.

“Potters Fields Park supports an impressive array of species with four bumblebees in particular representing a rich fauna in the context of a managed park in an intensely urban area.” – ‘The Ecology Consultancy’

We always endeavour to improve the wildlife on the park so if you have any ideas or have seen anything on the park please let us know.

Take a closer look at our Wildlife in the park

Planting in the park

Potters Fields Park supports a huge array of plants and you can explore them in detail here. There are over 50 species in the beds and many tree species throughout the park.

The colourful herbaceous garden at the back of the park was designed by Piet Oudolf, world famous plantsman who designed the highline in New York.

The park has a naturalistic garden design with herbaceous perennial beds. This means that planting is left up over autumn and winter which saves on water and plant replacements. It also encourages wildlife on site.

Take a closer look at our Planting in the park

Community & Education

It’s very important to us that the local community enjoys Potters Fields Park and is able to get involved as much as possible. We also feel that the space should be used to educate the public and especially local school children on plants and wildlife.

This section will keep being updated with new community events and activities for you to take part in.

Whether it’s our annual Big Picnic festival, a free yoga or fitness class, wildlife and plant spotting clubs or volunteering your time to help, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Community is at the heart of what we want to achieve at Potters Fields Park Trust and we welcome any feedback or ideas.

Find out more in our Community section

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Park History

Potters Fields park has many links with the past; from its rise from the waters of the Thames, to becoming the second financial hub for London.

In the early 1600’s the area became famous for English Delftware after religious persecution forced many Dutch potters to flee from Holland. The Pickleherring Pottery was established in 1618, closing in 1708. In the 1750’s a number of new wharves were built and by 1856 there were two granaries operating from Potters Fields site. Tower Bridge opened in 1894 and by 1906 the parks river frontage was formed of new wharves and warehousing as part of the Upper Pool of London.

In 1982, a master plan was agreed for the riverside area, including Potters Fields Park.

The park closed in 2006 for major refurbishment, re-opening in 2007

Take a look at our History Timeline

Potters Fields Park Management Trust

Potters Fields Park is managed by the Potters Fields Park Management Trust, a not for profit organisation. You can view the Executive Summary of our 3 year Business Plan here.

The objectives for which the Trust was established are;

  • To occupy, promote, manage and maintain as a public open space the park and garden area known as “Potters Fields Park” in the interests of public welfare, including the educational and recreational benefit of visitors to the park;
  • To manage and maintain other areas of sustainable land neighbouring the River Thames and benefiting the environment of the Pool of London;
  • To advance awareness and educate, with access to the Park and neighbouring areas of sustainable land, in the fields of horticulture, arboriculture and wildlife; and
  • To assist in the provision of recreational facilities to improve the quality of life for visitors to the Park.

The Trust is managed by a board of directors, made up of the following organisations:

  • Fair Street Community Housing Services – Helen Cadwallader
  • The Greater London Authority (GLA) – Simon Grinter (chair)
  • More London Development Limited – Mark Chapman
  • Shad Thames Residents Association – Jilly Frisch
  • Southwark Council (two representatives) – Peter John and Eleanor Kelly
  • Team London Bridge – Nadia Broccardo