Category Archives: Croydon parks

Help the Commons rangers plan for 10 more years of care

City Commons, the organisation operated by the City of London which manages a selection of green spaces in and around Croydon, is preparing its 10-year management plans, and is seeking input from the public which might influence how it approaches … Continue reading

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Goats settle in for their winter’s work at Riddlesdown Quarry

There are goats in Croydon. No kidding. That was the announcement made by City Commons yesterday, as goats were turned out to graze at Riddlesdown Quarry. City Commons is the part of the City of London Corporation which manages large … Continue reading

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#BINMAGEDDON! Boroughs left looking like rubbish tips

‘They treat us like the rubbish they are supposed to collect!’ Mounting reports from around the boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership suggest that the councils’ waste service contractors are creaking under pressure. By STEVEN DOWNES The complaints about … Continue reading

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Groups set off for autumn walks to stride on from covid

The nights might be closing in as we head into autumn, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred the organisers of some group walks being held around the borough, with one set even encouraging participants to bring a head torch … Continue reading

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Wireless exposes disconnect between Bromley and neighbours

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The impact of the Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park last weekend, and its effect on residents neighbouring boroughs has seen GLYNN McDONALD raise some serious questions of the park’s new trust The Wireless Festival staged in Crystal … Continue reading

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Help at South Croydon Rec’s spring bulb planting, Oct 30-31

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Help wildlife find a home for winter in your gardens

As we enter autumn, many species of wildlife will be looking for a place to stay and hibernate as the cold months pass. Gardens across Croydon will be acting as a home and there are small things that gardeners can … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing walks in Crystal Palace Park, Sep 17 – Oct 24

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Friends of Lloyd Park working together discussion, Oct 21

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Friends hit with charges for staging party in Grangewood Park

Families, friends and neighbours from Thornton Heath, Selhurst, Upper Norwood and beyond will come together in Grangewood Park this Sunday to celebrate it becoming a public open space 120 years ago, in 1901. The 120th birthday party is being organised … Continue reading

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£78,000 Lottery grant puts Crystal Palace on sculpture trail

Arts group Invisible Palace has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £78,400 for their project exploring the Sculptures of Crystal Palace Park. The project is inspired by people’s responses to the remaining sculptures in the park – many … Continue reading

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Happy 120th Birthday Grangewood Park celebration, Sep 12

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Murdoch the shire horse pulls his weight to help butterflies

Shire horse photographs by ANDREW SMITH Nature conservators were making hay while the sun shined yesterday, with Murdoch the shire horse returning for his now annual visit to Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve just outside New Addington. As well as providing … Continue reading

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Children’s ‘Summer of Play’ gets delayed in Croydon by council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Following a promise from a Labour cabinet member, volunteers are still waiting for permission to allow children to play on the streets where they live Despite assurances from senior council officials that there would be no road … Continue reading

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Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … Continue reading

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After eight-year wait, Taberner House flats near completion

A housing project which even Tony Newman and his numpties refused to entrust to Brick by Brick is finally nearing completion after an eight-year development saga. By our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES Eight years since the council moved out of … Continue reading

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Friends group shows Olympic ambition for park’s wildlife

A series of schemes to help green and improve South Croydon Rec seem to have really taken wing, in one case quite literally. The park, tucked away off the Brighton Road and squeezed up against the mainline railway viaducts, was … Continue reading

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Reed rails against Tory plans, as his mates flog off public park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Council pushes on with its plans to sell off part of Grangewood Park, a ‘quiet secluded oasis in the heart of a busy local area’, while Blairite MP does nothing to oppose. By STEVEN DOWNES As Steve … Continue reading

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Use your little corner of Planet Earth to make a big difference

In his small patch of south London, DAVID MORGAN has been doing his bit in the battle to reduce the impact of climate change, and here he offers suggestions about how you can help, too “Every plant counts and too … Continue reading

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Delays at Croydon put Parkrun’s national return in jeopardy

Delays at Croydon Council could force the abandonment of the post-covid return of hundreds of popular Parkruns across England. Following the government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, national organisers have been targeting June 26 as their English resumption date – but … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

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Grinling Gibbons and saxifrage: hidden secrets of Lloyd Park

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The moving of sites between two Croydon private schools will create a misnomer for the building being used in Lloyd Park, according to ANTHONY MILLS, who provides some history and background to the site The transfer of the … Continue reading

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Two private schools to move into vacated Virgo Fidelis site

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on how an Opus Dei Catholic education trust is paying the £5m cost of repairs to a grand Gothic building in Upper Norwood, while Croydon Council Tax-payers are still getting stung with a £4m bill … Continue reading

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Dangerous caterpillar pest closes in on Croydon’s oaks

There have been sightings in Banstead Woods of the oak processionary moth, the extremely destructive moth caterpillars which can strip a tree of its leaves, leaving it weakened, vulnerable, even killing once healthy oak trees. The Forestry Commission has been … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped council to sell part of Grangewood Park

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our environment reporter, CHRIS PECKHAM, on how the authority’s financial crisis is being used as an excuse to push through a twice-rejected plan After being forced to back down twice in the face of public hostility in … Continue reading

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