Folkestone Gardens is a small urban park located in Deptford, south east London. Now part of the London Borough of Lewisham, it was created during the 1970s on an area badly damaged by bombs in World War II. The Park was named after a street of railwaymen's houses that once stood on part of the site. The nearest bus stop is at Surrey Canal Road opposite the park. The closest Transport for London stations are at Surrey Quays, Canada Water and New Cross. Folkestone Gardens is within 0.2 miles (0 km) of the Surrey Canal regeneration site.
Geography and Layout:
The park is on a narrow plot of around 2.25 hectares (6 acres). It is adjacent to Trundleys Road on the western side and Rolt Street to the south. To the north it incorporates an area that was formerly the Grand Surrey Canal. Railway lines border the northern and eastern boundaries of Folkestone Gardens. These include a viaduct of what was the London and Greenwich Railway, the first railway in London built specifically for passengers and the first to be elevated. To the other side of the railway lines, and approximately 0.1 miles (0 km) away, is the much larger Deptford Park.
The undulating site is landscaped and includes walkways, woodland areas and a large pond on the north-western side. The pond has an island with a large weeping willow and pond-side plants, some of which were taken from surplus stock at Blackheath's's Hare and Billet pond during restoration in 1994. Other tree specimens include Lombardy poplars and a group of sycamores. The park supports a diverse range of flora and fauna for its size and location.
Facilities include a children's play area, a ball court, a skate park and a multi-sports pitch.