Directory: Parks, gardens and open spaces: Sutcliffe Park

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TitleSutcliffe Park
SummaryThis large, tree-lined park in the western part of Eltham features areas of open grassland, meadow and wetland. The river Quaggy meanders through the site after a flood alleviation scheme was created, releasing it from its underground culvert.

Rich in wildlife, Sutcliffe Park has been declared a local nature reserve and is one of Greenwich's Green Flag sites.

There is an athletics track run by GLL, an outdoor gym installed as part of Greenwich's Olympic Legacy, outdoor table tennis and a children's playground.
Eltham SE9
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HighlightsThe site, known previously as Harrow Meadow, was radically re-landscaped in 2003 by The Environment Agency as part of a local flood defence scheme.
Local Nature ReserveA legacy of the award-winning flood alleviation scheme is the transformation of Sutcliffe Park into one of the most spectacular wetland sites in Greater London. It is rich in wildlife and provides a home for a variety of birds, animals and plants. Depending on your time of visit, you may see dragonflies, damselflies, herons, little egrets, kingfishers and reed warblers.

The central area of the park - around the flood water collection area - was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2006.
AwardsSutcliffe Park has been re-awarded the Green Flag status for the 2015 to 2016 period after first winning it in 2008 to 2010.

Learn more about Green Flag parks in Greenwich at
Sports and play areasAthletics track, outdoor gym, running routes, table tennis.

Find out more about the park's three running routes:
Telephone020 8921 6885
Access informationThe park is accessible to wheelchair users, and has two 'RADAR' gates: Tudway Road at the northeast corner of the park, and Eltham Road on the southern perimeter.

Find further disabled access information at the DisabledGo:
Further informationThe park is situated on Eltham Road, at the junction with Kidbrooke Park Road. Buses 321, 122 and B16 pass the park and bus 160 runs nearby. The nearest train station is Kidbrooke, on the Bexleyheath line (north of the park). Limited parking is available on Eltham Road.

The park is named after Mr J Sutcliffe, a former Royal Borough of Greenwich engineer.

The athletics track, home to the famous Cambridge Harriers Athletics Club, was constructed in the 1950s. It has recently been refurbished and is now one of the best tracks in south London. More information about the Sutcliffe Park athletics track is available on the Better website:
Park friends group informationFriends of Sutcliffe Park
Chair: John Briggs

Secretary: Julia Grollman
Telephone: 020 8690 0824/07746 664 916
Address: 88 Embleton Road, London SE13 7DG

Meetings are held locally every two months, and advertised on the friends' noticeboard in the park. Please contact the secretary for details.

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