Benhill Road Nature Garden

A nature reserve in , Southwark • 90 Benhill Road, SE5 7QU

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Visit the pond and look out for dragonflies and damselflies in summer and autumn and in spring frogs and frogspawn.
Explore our shady wooded area or sit and enjoy our colourful flowerbed which buzzes with pollinators and butterflies..
Look out for our resident foxes which have built an extensive earth in our wildflower meadow.
Relax on a sunny bench and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  • Public art
  • Flowerbed
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Treescape
  • Bat box
  • Bird box
  • Pond/lake
  • Wild areas

  • Always open
  • Bench
  • Accessible entrance
  • Information board
  • Natural play features

We have a number of habitat areas including a pond with dipping platform, native hedgerow (incl. hawthorn & blackthorn), a wildflower area and a small ‘woodland’, an ornamental flower bed made up of drought tolerant plants, a cockleshell path and a natural play area with a living willow tepee as its centrepiece. A strictly chemical free zone; plants are carefully sourced and a compost area enables the recycling of the garden’s green waste. The garden is home to mature native trees including birch, hazel, elder, cherry and apple. These in turn support many species of birds, mammals and insects including four birds of conservation concern - the Starling, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Jay. Bats have also been recorded here. The garden is also home to a Strawberry Tree planted in memory of the victims of the nearby Lakanal House fire in 2009. The planting aims to optimise attractiveness to a range of pollinators and other vital insects such as lacewings, ladybirds, butterflies, hoverflies and bees. A stag beetle loggery made from tree trunks dug vertically into the ground provides a habitat for this protected beetle which seems to thrive in SE London. The pond is home to frogs, toads, dragonflies and damselflies, water boatmen and many other aquatic insects.

Benhill Road Nature Garden

formed 2015

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The organisation with legal responsibility for Benhill Road Nature Garden is Southwark Council.

Benhill Road Nature Garden is managed and maintained by Southwark Council


Friends of Benhill Road Nature Garden

Formed 2015

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