Category Archives: Croydon parks

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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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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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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Grumpy Old Man Wakeman declares Palace Bowl as ‘magical’

The campaign to restore the Crystal Palace Bowl as a leading London music venue got two huge boosts this week, including the backing of one of the world’s most famous rock keyboard players, Rick Wakeman, who has called it the … Continue reading

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Residents plan legal action to save green from Brick by Brick

A group of residents in Kenley and Purley are getting financially “tooled up” to take on the council’s planning committee and the in-house house-builder Brick by Brick by raising money through a crowd-funder for a possible Judicial Review of a … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick could be blocked by rare butterfly’s tiny egg

The chair of the council’s planning committee has given a public undertaking that the application by Brick by Brick to build an ugly four-storey block of flats next to a wildlife reserve in New Addington has been shelved until a … Continue reading

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Council accused of ‘wildlife vandalism’ to help Brick by Brick

Our environment correspondent, PAUL  LUSHION, on suspicions that a rare wildlife habitat in suburban Kenley has suffered the cruellest cut The council has been accused of an act of “wildlife vandalism”, with some angry residents of Wontford Road and Roffey … Continue reading

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‘Green Labour’ letter throws down challenge to leader Newman

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the first signs of revolt against the leadership among unhappy Labour councillors In what appears to be a barely-disguised challenge to the authority of the council leader, five Labour councillors have today signed … Continue reading

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Timber! Brick by Brick’s ecological claims come crashing down

GEOFF JAMES has been analysing the council-owned builders’ planning applications and discovered that many of the borough’s trees are for the chop, in a crass act of environmental vandalism Inside Croydon recently reported that a tree survey commissioned by the … Continue reading

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Bob Marley’s last London gig set to be marked with blue plaque

Fund-raising to pay for a blue plaque to commemorate Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final ever live performance in London, at the Crystal Palace Bowl, was more than halfway to its target within hours of being launched this morning – … Continue reading

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What a load of rubbish! Lockdown picnickers trash Lloyd Park

Friends groups of the borough’s parks are becoming increasingly concerned at the behaviour and conduct of some of those who swarmed into the open spaces at the weekend, leaving tons of rubbish behind them. The photograph above was taken near … Continue reading

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The Ashburton chainsaw massacre as park’s trees are felled

Croydon Council, which has declared a climate emergency and claims it wants to be a green borough, is chopping down and pollarding trees in one of its parks. In the middle of the bird-nesting season. Members of the Friends of … Continue reading

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FAT chance of there being any inspired designs for Fair Field

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council might be broke, but that hasn’t stopped them spaffing another million pounds, maybe more, on a set of architects’ designs which are certain to turn the borough into a laughing stock once more, says SEBASTIAN TILLINGER … Continue reading

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Police investigate ‘heritage crime’ on park’s Victorian dinosaurs

Police are investigating damage to one of the 170-year-old, Grade I-listed dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park, believed to have been caused by acts of criminal vandalism, and which has been described as “shameful behaviour”. The Friends of Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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Is Wontford Road Green the worst BxB housing scheme yet?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Even with their very large, in-house team of  architects, council-owned builders Brick by Brick are still creating planning applications that completely fail to comply with the council’s own Local Plan, says GEOFF JAMES Brick by Brick’s planning application … Continue reading

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Lloyd Park café opens with ‘Rainbow Boy’ art at its heart

There surely can be no more difficult time to try to open a new business than the present, especially if your business is in the hospitality trade and the nation is under coronavirus lockdown. But that’s the hand that has … Continue reading

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Tell us what’s wrong with Hutchinson’s Bank build, Scott says

Paul Scott, one half of the Labour council tag team that is determinedly allowing the borough’s green spaces, kids’ playgrounds and nature reserves to be buried under a wave of ready-mix concrete, has dismissed out-of-hand complaints from residents that the … Continue reading

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Why we must protect site of some of Britain’s rarest butterflies

We never appreciate the value of some things until they are gone, which is why amateur naturalist ERIC BROWN says it is important to save Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve from the threat of intrusive development by Croydon Council’s house-building company … Continue reading

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Endangered butterfly ignored in Brick by Brick flats application

Hutchinson’s Bank, near New Addington, has a worldwide reputation as a conservation reserve, having been supported at its very beginning by Sir David Attenborough. But that hasn’t stopped the latest dubious scheme from council builders ‘Trick by Trick’. STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Cancer Research fires starter’s gun for autumn charity runs

Today should have seen the staging of the 40th London Marathon. But the decision to postpone the event for the first time in its history was taken a month ago, in common with many sports and charity events – including … Continue reading

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Butterfly sanctuary under threat from BxB development

Some might see it as a disconnect at the Town Hall, where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Others might characterise it as just another example of blatant civic hypocrisy. Last summer, when the headlines … Continue reading

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‘Our voice is being totally ignored’ say worried Purley residents

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, reports on how the council, despite declaring a climate emergency, is now planning to destroy open spaces and rare wildlife habitats The council’s voracious appetite for concreting over the borough’s precious green spaces has seen … Continue reading

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