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Parks and Green Spaces

Image of the children's play area on Southampton Common

In 2013 Mayfield Park, Weston Shore and St James' Park were awarded a Green Flag which places them amongst the best green spaces in the country.

Southampton has a wealth of award winning parks including the Grade II* listed central parks located in the city centre. Have a look at each parks individual management plan for information specific to the park.

Wherever you live in Southampton you will not be far from your local green space.

The Hawthorns Wildlife Centre, located on Southampton Common, provides information on how we manage our open spaces to protect and increase biodiversity. You can also stop for a coffee in the Hawthorns Cafe. The Common, an historic open space in the centre of Southampton, is a site of special scientific interest. It includes Southampton Old Cemetery acquired in 1843 it covers 27 acres and is a site rich in wildlife.

Events in our parks and green spaces take place throughout the year. A programme of walks and talks take place in many of our parks. Have a look at the park events to see what's happening near you.

Get out into Southampton's parks and green spaces

Houndwell Play Area Houndwell Park

Find out the latest news about the play area in Houndwell Park

Image of East Park Central Parks

Visit Southampton's Grade II listed Green Flag Award Winning Central Parks right in the heart of Southampton.

Image of park event Park events

Look out for the latest events taking place in the parks. Why not join a guided walk of the Central Parks?

Image of a local park Local parks

Have you visited your local park recently? There is a wealth of green space across the city for you to get out and enjoy.

Image from Lordsdale Greenway Greenways

Did you know there are eight greenways in Southampton? Greenways are ribbons of open space that follow stream valleys providing an ideal place to take your dog for a walk.

Image of a dog Dog Agility Course

Did you know there is a dog agility course at Freemantle Lake Park? There are lots of parks and green spaces in the city where you can walk your dog.

Leaf Clearance

1. When does leaf clearance take place?

Leaf clearance takes place during the autumn and winter with additional resources allocated during October to January.

2. How are leaf clearance areas prioritised?

During October to January area teams have a programme of leaf clearance that prioritises areas of heavy leaf fall and areas prone to flooding.

3. What areas are prone to high leaf fall?

Central Area East Area West Area
Bassett Archery Road Colebrook Avenue/St James Road
Bassett Green Barnes Close Cowdray Close
Highfield Bitterne Road Lordswood Road/Coxford Road
Inner Avenue Botley Road Malwood Avenue/Linford Crescent
Portswood Butts Road Sandpiper Road
Freemantle Common Road
  Glenfield Crescent  
Kootenay Avenue 
  Merryoak Road  
  Midanbury Lane  
  Middle Road  
  Minstead Avenue  
  Montgomery Road  
  Mousehole Lane  
  Pine Drive  
  Portsmouth Road  
  River Walk  
  South East Road  
  Spring Road  
  St Annes Road  
  Swift Road  
  Thornhill Park Road  
  Thorold Road  
  Westend Road  
  Weston Lane  
  Wide Lane  
Woodland Close

4. What areas are prone to flooding?

Central Area East Area West Area
Above Bar Street outside the Marlands Alfriston Road in the dip Lordshill Way at the junction with Coxford Road
Albert Road North at the junction of Endle Street Athelstan Road at the junction with Garfield Road Lordswood Road at the junction with Dunkirk Road
Burgess Road opposite bookmakers Athelstan Road outside numbers 78-98 Lower Brownhill Road opposite number 77
Central Bridge at the junction with the Itchen Bridge Barnfield Close outside number 23 Millbrook Road West at the junction with Third Avenue
Charlotte Place roundabout to the side of the hotel Barry Road at the junction with Bursledon Road Romsey Road opposite Jupiter Close
Civic Centre Hill at the junction with Western Esplanade Botley Road from Portsmouth Road to Lowry Gardens Sandpiper Road opposite the community centre
Derby Road at the junction of Oxford Avenue Bridge Road under the bridge St James Road at the junction with Bellemoor Road
East Street outside the camera shop Browning Avenue at the end of frying pan turn around point
Highfield Lane outside of Kingfisher Court Bullar Road outside of Bed E Buys
Honeysuckle Road outside number 26 Bursledon Road opposite the fire station
Inner Avenue at the junction of Archers Road Dell Road outside of number 43
Kingsway by the crossing and North Front Forest Hills Drive outside of Forest View
Mansbridge Road at the junction of Itchenside Close Glenfield Avenue outside number 30
Millbrook Road East outside number 43 Hazel Road outside of unit 13
Mount Pleasant Road by the railway line Hinkler Road at the junction with Ellwood Close
New Road at the junction by the traffic lights Mansbridge Road at the junction with Itchenside Close
Newtown Road outside number 72 Mousehole Lane at the junction with Glenfield Avenue
Old Mill Way within turnaround circle Napier Road
Platform Road by bus stop Newtown Road outside of number 72
Queens Terrace by parking bays Portsmouth Road outside of St Marks Church  
Southern Road at the junction with West Quay Road Selbourne Avenue outside of number 55  
The Avenue subway Somerset Avenue at the junction with Cheriton Avenue  
University Road by the crossing St Aubins Avenue outside of number 68  
Wide Lane outside the Flemings Arms Thornhill Park Road outside numbers 6-20  
Wide Lane roundabout Thornhill Road at the junction with Highclere Avenue  
Woodmill Lane outside the car park Victoria Road/Portsmouth Road junction by the bank in Woolston  
Woodside Road outside Woodside Court West End Road outside of number 17  
  Weston Parade  

5. Why are there leaves in shrub beds?

Leaves are left in shrub beds as a natural mulch.

6. Can you clear leaves from my garden?

It is up to residents to clear and dispose of leaves from their own property responsibly.

Find out about the garden waste collection service in Southampton.

7. Do you collect all leaves on open land?

The council is responsible for clearing leaves from council land but you can help look after your local area by clearing leaves.

8. How do I report a build up of leaves at other times of the year?

If there is a build up of leaves outside of the leaf clearing programme (October to January) please contact the council on 023 8083 3008 or email

Map of Southampton’s parks and green spaces

View Parks in a larger map

Find your local park by using Google maps.

Use the scroll keys + or - to zoom in or zoom out. Use your mouse cursor to drag the map around in any direction. If you want to see a larger map then click on the link provided underneath the map.

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Contact information

  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY