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Southwark Council

Southwark Council

The London Borough of Southwark’s was formed in 1965 from the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark, the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell, and the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey, and has a population of approximately 302,500.

Southwark arguably benefits from some of the best parks and green spaces in the country, having been awarded 28 Green Flags (Keep Britain Tidy’s Awards for high quality green spaces) in 2017 – the third highest number of Green Flags awarded to an English local authority that year, and the second highest total for a London borough.

With its previous contract with The London Borough of Southwark stretching back to 1996, idverde was very pleased to re-win this and an additional area in 2004 to create an Integrated Parks and Grounds Management Contract for the entire borough. A five-year extension was made to the original contract term, and when the contract was re-tendered in 2016, we were delighted to be re-awarded the contract, with the partnership now potentially continuing until 2030.

The contract is divided into five areas, each centred around a major park: Peckham Rye, Burgess, Dulwich, Southwark and Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. In order to provide effective customer and client liaison in each area, we have mirrored our client’s structure and provided a supervisor for each area and head gardener for each of the five major parks.

Historic Dulwich Park has been awarded a BALI National Award in 2010, described by the judge as being one of the best parks he has ever seen: a real accolade to the park’s team.  The Borough received a further accolade in 2013 with a BALI Principal Award for Burgess Park in recognition of its high standards of maintenance, client satisfaction levels and community involvement, followed by another BALI Principal Award for Southwark Park in 2014 and a National Award in 2016 for Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

Southwark now has 30 Green Flag parks. This is the third highest number of Green Flags held by any Local Authority in England, and great news for the people of Southwark, who enjoy the benefits of local green spaces of the very highest standards.

Contact Us


Waite Street Depot
1 Waite Street
SE15 6AX

Tel: 0207 708 2806

Email: southwark@idverde.co.uk