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Chelsea Fringe comes to Elephant Park

In just a few short years the Chelsea Fringe has grown from a bright idea into a global festival of ‘grass roots’ gardening.

For this year’s Chelsea Fringe, which runs from 19 to 27 May, Elephant Park is playing host to a range of community-focused activities that will bring to life the joys of growing and green spaces.

Event: East Walworth Green Links Inaugural Walk
Date: Tuesday 22nd May
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Starting at Elephant Park, Elephant Road SE17 1LB (finishing Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park)
How: Free. Space limited. Please register your interest here 

Stretch your legs on a summer evening and join us for the first ever Green Links walk from Elephant Park to Burgess Park. We’ll be exploring the nature and history of this connected mix of green spaces in Elephant and Castle and Walworth. You’ll get to meet and chat to the designers, the community gardeners and champions of these diverse parks – spaces ranging in age, size and use– as we journey through Victory Community Park, Nursery Row Park, Salisbury Row Park and Surrey Square Park.


Event: Lunchtime learning – Urban Food Growing
Date: Wednesday 23rd May
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Elephant Park picnic tables (The Artworks Elephant if raining!)
How: Free, drop-in

Do you love fresh home-grown food? Always wanted to try growing your own ingredients but limited on space, time, money and just don’t know where to start?

Pop along and see the Garden Organic team at this free drop-in lunchtime workshop. There’ll be opportunity for hands on ‘sprouting’, micro-greens planting and general top tips on herbs, affordable ways to grow organic and much more.

Event: Trees – their role in Elephant and Castle’s changing urban landscape.
Date: Thursday 24th May
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: London Plane Meeting Room, Faraday, 35 Heygate Street, SE17 1AZ
How: Free. Space limited. Please book a place by emailing your name to

Trees are a fundamental part of our vision at the Elephant Park as we have committed to an extensive and ambitious tree planting programme, developed in direct response to local community feedback.

Join us for this lively conversation event as we look at the significance of trees locally in Elephant & Castle, as well as the wider role of ecology, sustainability and green spaces in Southwark, and across London.

A panel of experts, including ecology consultant Morgan Taylor and Lendlease Public Realm Development Manager Ewan Oliver, will talk trees, sustainability and green spaces, while also answering audience questions.


Event: Flowerful Elephant – a community garden day
Date: Saturday 26th May
Time: 12-5pm
Venue: Elephant Park, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
How: Free. All Welcome

Join us in Elephant Park, Elephant and Castle’s newest green space, as we kick off summer with a neighbourhood green gathering!

The culmination of a week of Chelsea Fringe activities in the area, this fun-filled family day will celebrate the area’s local gardens, growing groups, green spaces and the horticultural history of this special part of London.