St John’s Churchyard
St. John’s Churchyard is a few minutes’ walk away from Potters Fields Park across Tooley Street and is a quiet community park surrounded by residential blocks. In 2017, the Trust took over its management from Southwark Council and has been planning major improvements.
In 2019, restoration of the Grade II-listed railings along Fair Street was completed and the other improvements are being carried out during the spring of 2020. On completion, there will be a new children’s play area, peaceful grassy areas for relaxation, outdoor table tennis and boules and new wildlife and wetlands beds.
St. John’s Churchyard offers a leafy retreat for its local community of residents, schools and businesses. Cherry and magnolia trees provide fragrant blooms in spring, whilst the age-old London planes and chestnuts provide ample dappled shade (perfect for picnics) in summer. Planned improvements to be completed in June 2020 will see new wildlife and wetlands beds planted with a range of wildlife-friendly species.
St. John’s Churchyard’s biodiversity is constantly changing. Since taking over the Park in 2017 the Trust has been planning a number of improvement works to better support the existing biodiversity and encourage more species to the Park. Works include the installation of a bug hotel and new wildlife-friendly planting.
The history of St. John’s Churchyard is embedded in its community. From its early use as a field for a local fair and resting space for militia men, through later use as a local burial ground, to its current purpose as a site of local history and community green space, St. John’s Churchyard has always been at the heart of the community.