Norwood Park is situated on one of the highest points in Lambeth and offers some amazing views across South London.
Norwood Park was originally part of a larger area of open land called ‘Norwood Common’, which also belonged to an extensive network of heavily wooded areas of land known as the ‘Great North Wood’. In the 19th century Norwood Common was gradually enclosed and sold off for development, but part of it was saved and converted into a public park.
Norwood Park contains a large wet play and children’s playground, outdoor gym, multiuse games court, skateboard park, toilets, along with a community garden and café. The park is particularly important for wildlife and people’s access to nature, and includes a tree-lined ‘Country Walk’, a fenced wildlife pond and extensive native hedges.
Norwood Park is also a key site within London Wildlife Trust’s 'Great North Wood' project. This is designed to increase awareness of the original Great North Wood, and to improve public access to and involvement in their local open spaces through signage, volunteering and guided walks or talks.
Norwood Park is also a Borough "Site of Importance for Nature Conservation" (or SINC) for the London Borough of Lambeth, in recognition of its importance not just for wildlife, but also for people living in both Lambeth and London to enjoy access to nature.
Other useful information
- Friends of Norwood Park
- The Great North Wood Project - Great North Wood | London Wildlife Trust (wildlondon.org.uk)
- Booking sports facilities in Norwood Park.
Please note that there Norwood Park does not contain any public car parks, and there are no parking facilities on site. There is free parking on surrounding roads, although spaces may be limited at certain times.
The park is however well served by public transport, with frequent buses from Brixton, Clapham, Crystal Palace, Streatham and West Norwood stopping on Elder Road, Gipsy Road and Salters Hill. The nearest train station is Gipsy Hill (Southern Trains), which is approximately 15 minutes' walk away.
Norwood Park is open 24 hours a day.