Potters Fields Park Gates

by Gross Max (2006/7)

Potters Fields Park is a few minutes from Tower Bridge and immediately south-east of The Scoop. The gates are at the Tooley Street entrance to the park, near the Unicorn theatre.

A steel portal with a laser-cut leaf-patterned screen, inspired by the design of English Delftware made by the Pickleherring Pottery that occupied the site in the 17th and early 18th centuries. The nearby granite bench is inlaid with the same pattern.

Walk through the gates to find meandering beds of seasonal and medicinal planting, laid out by renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf. There are over 50 plant species in the park, designed for colour and year-round interest. The planting ranges from herbaceous borders filled with echinacea and wild peonies in summer to deep purple buttercups and spiky snake root in winter.

The herbaceous planting scheme is also designed to attract wildlife and the park hosts bat boxes, bee hives and insect hotels.

Commissioned by Potters Fields Park Management Trust.