Goose Green , SE22
Once common land, Goose Green was preserved as public open space by the Camberwell Vestry.
Its name derives from the 17th century, a time when sheep, cattle, pigs and geese would be taken to markets in London to keep up with the increasing demand for food. To avoid congestion, the drovers would use the back routes into the city and Goose Green was a popular overnight rest spot for goose drovers from Kent.
Although The Green has not been invaded by hoards of geese for many a year, it is still well used as a venue for local community events like the Dulwich Festival, as well as being an attractive wedge of grass and trees marking the northern tip of SE22. It is fringed on one side with tall, handsome Victorian terraces. On the opposite side is the old Victorian baths, now East Dulwich Leisure Centre (equipped with gym and 25m swimming pool). Next to the green is a super and very popular kids playground.