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Bellenden Road Nature Garden

A small community wildlife garden in the heart of Peckham

Bellenden Road Nature Garden promotes environmentally friendly and sustainable wildlife gardening practices and provides an opportunity for nature study.

The Garden has been established for education and amenity purposes for local schools and community groups to use and enjoy. There are a variety of mini-habitats, including native hedgerow, loggery for stag beetles and wildflower hedgerow.

Plants are propagated and cared throughout the year by volunteers and staff from London Wildlife Trust and students from local schools.


Species you can see at Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Amphibians: Common toad

Birds: great tit, robin

Invertebrates: stag beetle, honey bee, 22-spot ladybird

Plants: snake's-head fritillary


History of Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Once a bomb site, London Wildlife Trust has managed Bellenden Road Nature Garden since the late 1980s, turning the grey into green. Formerly a tree nursery, in recent years the Trust has worked in consultation with students from Highshore Special School to generate ideas for the main features of the garden and transform it into the pretty green oasis it is today.


Facilities at Bellenden Road Nature Garden

There are sleeper benches and raised flower beds.


How to get to Bellenden Road Nature Garden

The site is a short walk from Peckham High Street, which is served by numerous bus routes, and a ten minute walk from Peckham Rye Rail Station, served by the London Overground network.


Opening times for Bellenden Road Nature Garden

The reserve is gated and there is no daily access but visits can be arranged and there are regular work days each month. To find out when you can visit email Sylvia Myers:


Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Accessibility at Bellenden Road Nature Garden

The reserve is flat and a wheelchair-accessible path circles the garden.


Status of Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Site of Local Importance


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Nearby nature reserves

Centre for Wildlife Gardening
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
New Cross Gate Cutting
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk
3 miles - London Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Bellenden Road
Greater London
SE15 5BQ
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Great for...
Insect spotting
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Restricted access, visits can be arranged
0.10 hectares
Pay and Display parking on Bellenden Road.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Sylvia Myers
Tel: 020 3897 6151