Myatt's Fields Park , SE5
Myatt's Fields Park, on the border of Southwark and Lambeth, is named after a market gardener called Myatt, reputedly famous for his strawberries.
Today it features beautiful seasonal bedding displays, having been restored recently with £3,000,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lambeth Council. The recreational facilities include tennis courts, a bandstand and ball games area, and a new playground sporting a wet play zone (dog-free of course).
There's also a picnic zone, a nature conservation area with pond and, happily, toilets. Relatively new to the park is the Greenhouse Project which provides the local community with the opportunity to help grow fruit and veg. All food produced is used by the local café in an effort to cut down on food miles while giving volunteers an insight into the process of food production. Anyone is welcome to come along to the monthly planting sessions. Visit www.myattsfieldspark.info for more info.
The café itself is excellent and provides a lovely meeting point for locals. It's open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday throughout summer from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Myatts Fields Park is a Green Flag park, winning the title for the first time in 2009.