Welcome to Vauxhall Park – a small park with a big heart!

If you have a complaint about Vauxhall Park, please contact the Lambeth Parks Department (parks@lambeth.gov.uk).  If there is an emergency in the park, please call 999. If you want to report something to the police and it’s not urgent, please call 101

Lavender Harvest 2022

We will be harvesting the lavender flowers over the weekend of 20 and 21 August from 10-4pm each day.  We would love to have your help!  No need to book or register just turn up when you can for as long as you can.  Children are welcome but must be supervised, dogs are not allowed in the lavender field – sorry.  Please bring your own secateurs/shears if you can.  Gloves are advisable (limited number available to borrow), be prepared for sun and bring water (there are attachments on the drinking fountains to fill up bottles).  Parco Café will be open!

You are welcome to take home a bunch of lavender – we will be distilling the flowers to produce oil which is then sold at Italo (on Bonnington Square) for the benefit of the Park.

Vauxhall Park has been nominated to be crowned the UK’s Favourite Park, a competition organised by Fields in Trust, an amazing charity which champions and supports our parks and open spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity.  To vote for Vauxhall Park (and we hope that you will!) please follow this link and then scroll down the website page to Vauxhall Park’s entry.

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Latest News

We are working with Lambeth Council on a design to replace the green building near to the playground.  The Pavilion (named after the tea pavilion which stood near to this site in the 1950s) will provide a toilet with baby change accessible from the playground, an accessible toilet for park users, a kiosk serving coffee/ice cream/snacks etc and a space for our gardener and secure storage for tools for the volunteer gardeners.  The green building will be demolished and a more sustainable, modern modular building put up for today’s needs.  We are also working to create a designated play area at the back of the building specifically for under 5s and neurodiverse children.  Watch this space!

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Volunteer Gardeners Wanted!

Our volunteer gardening groups are up and running. They’re a great way to not only keep the Park looking good but to get a green workout into the bargain and meet lots of lovely people!  Please email us to be kept informed about future dates.

 Table Tennis bats & balls are available free to use at Parco Cafe but please consider buying something when collecting/returning them.  We thank Ardian and Mimoza at Parco for looking after them for us.

Lambeth have published several important documents recently:

If you have any comments about any of these documents, please email them to: friends@vauxhallpark.org.uk

Lots of lovely awards for Vauxhall Park!

Judging for the 2022 awards is underway: Vauxhall Park has been entered for the Green coveted Green Flag Award and we are busy putting together a submission for the Green Flag Heritage Award.   These flags, similar to the Blue Flag scheme for beaches, are given to recognise open spaces of high quality.  We are very grateful to our volunteer gardeners, Martin (Vauxhall Park’s gardener) and the hard work of the Lambeth Parks Department and, of course, our hardworking volunteer gardening groups.

Our gardening groups are working hard to keep the  London in Bloom Gold standard that the Park awarded in  2021.   We would like to congratulate the other open spaces in Lambeth that have achieved Green Flag status and the three open spaces awarded a Community Flag

About Vauxhall Park

This Award winning park has been at the heart of our community for over 130 years.  From its very beginnings its ambition has been to be a place of relaxation and enjoyment for people living, working or just visiting Vauxhall.  We are very proud of our history (please see History page for further details) and delighted that one of our founders, Millicent Fawcett the great Suffragist, will be the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square. We would love to get to know you – please do join us, it costs from only  £3 (see the Join Us page), even if you don’t want to be an active member of the Friends we would like to have you as a member to represent a broad a cross section of the community as possible. Please explore our website and let us know if you have any comments.

Vauxhall Park was opened on 7th July 1890 by Albert, Prince of Wales (read more about our history here)It is located in the London Borough of Lambeth on the South Lambeth Road (A203) at its junction with Fentiman Road (B301) and comprises about eight and a half acres of land.  In 2020 we celebrated 130 years of Vauxhall Park with the completion of its first major upgrade!

The Park facilities include a playground catering for aged 12 and under, a multi use games area predominantly for basketball/netball, Parco Cafe, two tennis courts, two ping pong tables  (free to use bats and balls held at Parco Cafe), the Fawcett Sensory Garden (including our brick labyrinth) , lavender field originally sponsored by Vauxhall Motors to mark their Centenary, the model village, an orchard, lavender mosaic (in the fountain basin), two fenced dog areas, a human sundial (in the lavender garden) and the Oval Montessori Nursery School.

Vauxhall Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for nine years in a row. The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country, meaning that Vauxhall Park is one of the best of 1,452 green spaces in the country!

About The Friends of Vauxhall Park

The Friends of Vauxhall Park is a registered charity (1166894). Find out more about what we do here. Our constitution is available here.

How to find the park

Be careful not to confuse us with Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (formerly Spring Gardens).