Photograph by Simon Matthews

Come and spend time in our beautiful green space in the heart of Shirley.

Green Flag Award-Winning Park

St. James’ Park has been awarded the Green Flag recognition several years in a row. The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. This is what they write about St. James’ Park:

“St. James’ Park has something for everyone thanks to its recent complete restoration and refurbishment. The Parks for People funded works included creating new welcoming entrances, an adventurous children’s play area, climbing wall and basketball area, outdoor gym equipment and two new purpose built tennis courts. There are also new walkways with planting and wildlife areas and bird and bat boxes. St James’ Park is one of the only public spaces in Southampton to have renewable energy in the form of PV cells which you can see mounted on the gazebo in the centre of the park.”

Community Litter-Picking

The Friends of St. James’ Park hold regular litter-picking sessions and welcome anyone who would like to come along and help. Equipment can be provided.

Solar Energy for the Cafe

Solar panels installed on the ‘bandstand’ roof harvest green energy for the Parklife Cafe. Over the past 10 years since its introduction, the Solar P.V. system has generated over £12,500 of revenue for the Cafe via the fit feedback arrangement.

A Home for Bugs

St.James’ Park boasts its own hotel… for our small bug friends.