Myatts Fields Park is a small Victorian park situated between Camberwell and Brixton. First opened to the public in 1889, its name comes from James Myatt, an 18th Century market gardener who lived locally growing fruit and vegetables for an expanding and hungry London.
A compact but attractive park, it retains many original Victorian features such as a charming bandstand, roundhouse, gardens and network of paths. However, it also contains mature trees, quiet and dog exercise areas, as well as a playground, toilets and sports courts that are popular with people of all ages and interests.
Restored in 2009 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lambeth Council, the park has been revitalised with many original heritage features restored but other modern facilites introduced in keeping with its unique character. These include a new playground with wet play zone, a parks depot and greeenhouses with training and education facilities, a nature conservation area, the Mulberry Children's Centre, and a thriving communnity food and gardening enterprise that has and is continuing to win awards and praise for its innovation, passion and inclusivity.
Myatt's Fields Park is consistently voted one of Lambeth's top parks in recognition of its facilities and resources. In 2013 it won a highly coveted first prize in the 'Edible London' category in the London in Bloom Award Scheme for the innovative community gardening and food enterprise scheme based in the park. In 2018 it secured a 'Bees Needs Award' for its commitment to designing and managing its landscaping and growing areas to benefit pollinators and improve the public's awareness of this critical issue.
Two new projects include a) extending and improving the depot area, including a new 'People's Shed' training and storage facility, and b) installing floodlights around the existing artificial grass pitch to extend operating hours - both designed to significantly increase the park's use for community and commercial activities and secure its long term sustainability . This is a small historical park with a big future!