Parks and green spaces
Many people enjoy the parks and green spaces available in Welling and it is sometimes hard to believe that you are in the suburbs of London and not the countryside. Public green spaces and playgrounds in Welling are as follows:
Danson Park is the second largest green space in Bexley Borough and sits between Welling and Bexleyheath. It was voted London’s best loved park by the Fields in Trust in 2019.
It has been the location for scenes from several films and TV shows including The Favourite, Taboo and Quacks.
Facilities: children’s splash park, toilets, café, pub, car park, woodland walk, fishing, watersports, outdoor gym, boating lake
Opening times: always open
Friends Group: Friends of Danson
Business within the park:
Fleur de The – tea rooms situated within Danson House
Danson House – the official register office for Bexley Borough
Danson Park Adventures – variety of water and land based activities and courses for anyone over the age of eight with any skill level
The Boat House – function suite and carvery
Danson Stables – pub
East Wickham Open Space
East Wickham Open Space is a large park situation behind Wickham Street, Upper Wickham Lane, Wickham Lane and Glenmore Road. It is known by a lot of people as Fanny on the Hill after the name of the pub that used to be situated there.
Formally a landfill, it is now a park much loved by locals for its natural beauty.
There is an all weather tarmac path around the park, which is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Along the path at various spots there are exercise stations.
In the Southern side of the park is a playground, sports court and skateboard area.
The green chain walk runs through the park.
Shoulder of Mutton Green
Shoulder of Mutton Green is a small public open space in Welling, situation between Wickham Street and Bellegrove Road.
During World War II it was the location of a large public air raid shelter, part of the entrance of which you can still spot today near to the bus stop on Bellegrove Road.
The park sits on London clay which frequently causes instances of flooding over the green, which is then enjoyed by the local seagull population.
In Spring there is a lovely display of flowers including crocuses and daffodils.
Stevens Park is a green space with playground situated between Wrotham Road, Axminster Crescent and Selsey Crescent.
The Green Falconwood
The Green is a small triangular park situated between Falconwood Parade and The Green. There is a playground with sports court, green space and Bishop Ridley church is located here.
Small green spaces
There are also several smaller green spaces and playgrounds in Welling that are maintained by the council and noted as part of the 100+ parks around the borough.
Eastcote Gardens is a small gated area set between Eastcote Road and Oxleas Woods. There is a small gate leading to it from Oxleas Woods.
Not many people know this green space even exists.
Lodge Hill Open Space
Lodge Hill Open Space is a small park with a playground situated at the bottom of Lodge Hill
Groombridge Close Open Space
Groombridge Close Open Space is a small gated grassed area situated behind the houses of Groombridge Close.
Danson Mead is a green space separating Bellegrove Road from the houses of Danson Mead. The raised brick planted area is the location of previous underground air raid shelters during World War II
Hook Lane Open Space
This is a very small green space with play equipment situation on the previous site of Hook Lane School
Welling has 6 allotment sites, 5 provided by Bexley Council and 1 under the delegated management of a committee of allotment holders.
See the Bexley Council website for more details on how to request a plot. They are very popular and often have waiting lists with priority given to Bexley residents who do not already have a plot.
Locations of allotments are:
- Burnell Avenue
- Monks Farm
- Olyffe Avenue
- Radnor Avenue
- Rosemary Road (delegated management)
- Station Approach
- Burnell Avenue
- Camdale Road
- Lovell Avenue
- Radnor Avenue
- Rosemary Road
- William Foster Lane