Category Archives: Environment

Charity concern as butterfly numbers fall to lowest level

Butterfly numbers across the country have fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade, according to a wildlife charity following its annual survey. Butterfly Conservation is the charity which has been working with the London Wildlife Trust and … Continue reading

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Take a walk over the downs in Coulsdon with an all-star cast

The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have relaunched their nature trail in Coulsdon, with the help of an all-star cast of celebrities. Joanna Lumley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Noddy Holder, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Robinson and Richard … Continue reading

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Hawthorn Crescent green is rejected for ACV status by council

Eighty years on from the Battle of Britain, and now Brick by Brick wants to demolish a WWII air-raid shelter as it concretes over Croydon Brick by Brick is pressing on with its self-imposed mission to concrete over as much … Continue reading

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Remains of Brunel’s Crystal Palace tower granted listed status

The base and foundations of a water tower at Crystal Palace, the last remnants of one of the final engineering projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been given listed status by Historic England because of their importance to the … Continue reading

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Great North Wood 2021 calendar’s photo competition

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Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park virtual Apple Day, Sep 12

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Shire horses called in to help improve butterfly sanctuary

The butterfly conservation project at Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve is calling up the cavalry later this month. Working shire horses – each weighing upwards of 1 ton – will be visiting the reserve near New Addington on Friday September 25, … Continue reading

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XR protest demands the closure of Beddington incinerator

Extinction Rebellion activists from across south London joined forces in Beddington Park yesterday to highlight the daily destruction and toxic pollution inflicted on the capital by the Viridor incinerator. They issued a set of demands, including that the incinerator plant … Continue reading

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Park’s learning department could be axed by National Trust

The National Trust’s slogan at present is “Everyone needs nature”. At the National Trust-run Morden Hall Park, just a short tram ride from Croydon, there is nature in abundance in a free-to-enter green oasis in the city, seemingly a perfect … Continue reading

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Covid deaths should halt Brick by Brick’s densification plan

Criticised as being an over-development that ‘will give an overall appearance of cramped, overcrowded, poor-quality dwellings’, the latest council-backed scheme could even risk future coronavirus outbreaks. Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports The deaths of residents from covid-19 when living in … Continue reading

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Butterfly Walk, Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve, Aug 29

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Save the Lapwings walk, Beddington Farmlands, Aug 29

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It is time to act to save Croydon’s precious green spaces

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While getting out and about during the covid-19 crisis, PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured left, has discovered parks and open spaces that need more care, and which are coming under increasing threat of development – from the Labour council and … Continue reading

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No Labour councillors sign petition against council job cuts

Hundreds of Croydon Council workers, many of whom helped to provide frontline services to the borough’s residents during the coronavirus lockdown, are expected to gather outside the Town Hall in Queen’s Garden’s at lunchtime today to protest at the threat … Continue reading

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Feeling the heat on the way along the North Downs to Oxted

When the BBC Weather page tells you to expect 34 degrees centigrade by mid-afternoon in Merstham, you know you should prepare well before heading out to walk eight miles along the North Downs Way. The North Downs Way runs for … Continue reading

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National Allotment Week highlights benefits of garden produce

Bluebird Care Croydon is going green this month and is backing National Allotments Week, which begins tomorrow. The National Allotment Society strives to protect, promote and preserve allotments. Their campaign has been running annually for the last 18 years and … Continue reading

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Triangle will be ‘decimated’ by road closures, warns councillor

The Labour group at the Town Hall, already riven with fault lines on a number of contentious issues, is facing another split, this time over road closures in Upper Norwood that have been introduced today under coronavirus emergency powers. The … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick claim building on green space is ‘sustainable’

If there was any doubt of the contempt in which the residents of this borough are held by the six-figure salaried executives at Brick by Brick and their paymasters at Croydon Council, then one need only look at the back-slapping … Continue reading

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Threat to Croydon’s green spaces is of council’s own making

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Croydon is the only local authority in the whole country that had all of its open space protections rejected by the Planning Inspectorate. So if you hear certain councillors talking up their green credentials, says SEBASTIAN TILLINGER, don’t … Continue reading

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Council planners forced into U-turn over Hawthorn Crescent

EXCLUSIVE: Brick by Brick scheme to build eight houses for private sale on open green space in Selsdon gets pulled from the planning committee agenda. By BARRATT HOLMES Brick by Brick’s application to build on green space at Hawthorn Crescent … Continue reading

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Green spaces under threat as Scott seeks to ignore covenants

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest Brick by Brick schemes which will concrete over green space, destroy mature trees and even tear up a legal covenant that dates back to the 19th century Thursday’s virtual planning meeting will … Continue reading

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After another year of hot air, XR Sutton give council a shoe-ing

Remember when the leaders of councils in south London declared that there was a climate and ecological emergency in their boroughs, when they were taking the political heat from more than just global warming? And what have the councils across … Continue reading

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Something still stinks over Viridor’s Beddington Lane fire

CROYDON COMMENTARY: More than a year after the major fire at Viridor’s Beddington Lane incinerator plant, and the South London Waste Partnership – which is supposed to represent the public interest in four boroughs – is finally to discuss the … Continue reading

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Head out with the app to take part in the Big Butterfly Count

Has nature helped you through the last few months? It’s time to return the favour, says BBC Springwatch’s CHRIS PACKHAM As so many of us have sought comfort, inspiration and hope through spending time in nature during the difficult last … Continue reading

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One year on, Viridor finally submit report on Beddington blaze

PAUL LUSHION on how a company worth £4.2bn looks set to get away with another crime against the environment Don’t hold your breath, but Viridor might just be about to get around to delivering a report on the massive fire … Continue reading

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