Estate walkabouts / repairs & improvements

Southwark council conducts monthly walkabouts on the estate to identify and address things that need repairing and improvement the can be made.
They take place from 10am – 12:30pm, meeting place is the central entrace of Rowland Hill House. Dates for 2016 / 17 are:

25 May 2016
22 June 2016
20 July 2016
24 August 2016
21 September 2016
19 October 2016
23 November 2016
21 December 2016
25 January 2017
22 February 2017
22 March 2017

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Logo Competition & Prize


Our association needs a logo, and we want your help with designing it.
Submit your entry by 24 April 2016, either through our website, or through our letter box.


The winner will take away £100 worth of John Lewis vouchers, the runner-up £50 worth of John Lewis vouchers.


There are no hard limits on what is possible, but the guidelines below should help decide how to approach your entry.

  • the design will server various purposes, for example as logo on the web site, as letter head, for business cards, and in official correspondence with residents, the council, funders, parliament, and other official bodies
  • the design must usable in digitized form (either natively, or via scan)
  • the design should be reproducible in black and white
  • a variety of sizes can be accepted, 300px x 186px may be a good place to start


  • The winner and runner-up are chosen by vote of the committee
  • The choice of the committee is final, and cannot be challenged
  • The winner forgoes all copyright claims to his / her entry by accepting the prize
  • The committee may choose to use an alternative design, regardless of the prize being awarded
  • Late entries cannot be accepted
  • Participants must prove a connection with Nelson Square Gardens (i.e. live here, or care for somebody who lives here)

What our friends have

(for your inspiration)

Styles House TMO Southwark
Styles House TMO Southwark
Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents’ Association
Basford and Cliffe Vale Residents' Association
Basford and Cliffe Vale Residents’ Association



Lightmoor Village Association
Lightmoor Village Association


Trinity Newington Residents' Association Southwark
Trinity Newington Residents’ Association Southwark

Clare Whittelsea

Clare stroking a guinea pig at Surrey Quays Clare presented with Freeman of the Borough

Clare was a much valued member of our Community Association serving for 15 years as its Treasurer. But she was much more than that. She was one of those people who worked freely and hard for the public good and for the benefit of others. The sadness felt on this estate when news of her death came spread far and local people expressed not only their sorrow but also their great respect for her.  That same respect was shown in May this year when Clare was  presented with Freeman of the Borough of Southwark at Southwark Cathedral.

She gave vast amounts of time and care for Nelson Square and its community. Nelson Square is much improved today partly because of her effort and her meticulous and forensic  eye for detail.  She cared about people and getting things done properly – but always did that with the paperwork neatly filed, the receipts in order and a quiet determination which was unbeatable.

That forensic eye was also evident when power needed to be held to account. Many Council and other officials have been taken aback during meetings when Clare produced her notes from previous meetings and charmingly reminded them of their promises.

If you walk around the Square today you will see many things that are testaments to her hard work. One striking example was when a massive 27 storey development was proposed just behind the Square. It was Clare who went through their plans and discovered that they were planning to steal one of the gardens that the Community Association had raised funds for and built. This pubic relations disaster led to demonstrations and protests and today that block is – as a direct result of her diligence  – only 10 storeys high.

Another came during major works on the estate when Clare gave endless hours of advice and held the builders to account. She was personally responsible for saving leaseholders many thousands of pounds and also for helping to ensure that the works were finished to a reasonable standard.

Above all she loved to Garden and several of the gardens in the Square benefited from her work. She  was never happier than pulling on her khakis, on her hands and knees and digging out weeds and moss in the cracks of the paving stones in the Square. She loved planting and weeding and it is fair to say her soul is firmly embedded in Nelson Square, she is everywhere

Southwark Estate Action Day

Something broken in your home / house / estate?

Southwark are holding an Estate Action Day for Nelson Square Gardens on
28 August 2015 in the community hall at 60a Rowland Hill House SE1 0LU, where you can raise any issues with our Resident Officer.
Our Resident Officer is Adama Mansaray,, 020 7525 2858.

More details on Southwark’s website.

Nelson Square consultation meeting

Following a number of objections to the latest design for the Nelson Square Gardens (and playground), the council is required to hold another public consultation.

It will be held at Sub Planning Committee B on Wednesday 1st July at 160 Tooley Street and the meeting will begin at 7pm.