Parks, gardens and open spaces - Sutcliffe Park
- Sutcliffe Park
This 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, outdoor table tennis and a children's playground. There's also an outdoor gym installed as part of Greenwich's Olympic Legacy.
- Map reference
- The site, known previously as Harrow Meadow, was radically re-landscaped in 2003 by The Environment Agency. This was part of a local flood defence scheme.
- Local Nature Reserve
A 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.
Sutcliffe Park has retained the Green Flag award.
- Sports and play areas
Athletics track, outdoor gym, running routes, table tennis. Find out more about the park's three running routes: https://runtogether.co.uk/routes/find-a-run-route?location=Eltham,%20Greater%20London%20(Greenwich)
- Park rules
- 020 8856 0100
- Access information
The park is accessible to wheelchair users, and has two 'RADAR' gates. These are in Tudway Road at the northeast corner of the park, and Eltham Road on the southern perimeter.
Find further disabled access information at the DisabledGo: https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/royal-borough-of-greenwich/sutcliffe-park-2
- Further information
The 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 information
- Meetings are held locally every two months, and advertised on the friends' noticeboard in the park.
- Friends of Park website