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Stave Hill Nature Park (also known as Surrey Commercial Docks)9468

Brief Description

Stave Hill is an artificial hill created from spoil when the docks were infilled in 1985/9. From the hill are fine views and at the summit is a bronze map by Michael Rizzello, 1986, commissioned by the London Docklands Development Corporation. The hill overlooks a nature reserve created by the Trust for Urban Ecology, which was planted with saplings in 1987. Trees include field maple, alder, ash, birch, aspen, cherry, rowan and oak and numerous shrubs plus a number of ponds.


Stave Hill is on a site which once was part of the Surrey Commercial Docks, which were created on former pasture and marshland in 1864 when Rotherhithe's C19th commercial docks were amalgamated and came to cover over 185 hectares. The Docks were closed in 1969.

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted.


Tube: Canada Water (Jubilee) London Overground: Rotherhithe then bus. Bus: 1, 225, 381, 395


  • London Parks and Gardens Trust