Category Archives: Croydon parks

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 twice being forced to back down twice in the face of public hostility … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies: 2021 Hutchinson’s Bank walks

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Gate Expectations: park swiftly reopened for Selhurst families

Less than 48 hours after Inside Croydon reported on the concern of Selhurst families over the closure of a local open space, today the gates of Boulogne Road Recreation Ground had been reopened, the padlocks removed. A community group had … Continue reading

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Residents worried after the council padlocks Selhurst park*

Locked park gates and a dismissive and “insulting” response from the local authority have caused concern among a community group in Selhurst that the cash-strapped council might try to flog off their children’s playground. The Selhurst park which has been … Continue reading

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Park life: Shawcross has plenty of appeal in her new role

EXCLUSIVE: Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council and Deputy Mayor of London, spoke to CLARA MURRAY about her new role as chair of the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the excitement over their latest projects Crystal Palace Park … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Community associations, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace Park Trust, Friends of Crystal Palace Park, History, Ken Livingstone, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Borough’s open spaces and parks are facing cruellest of cuts

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The borough’s parks and open spaces have been a lifeline for many during lockdown, but they are now under a new threat as a result of council financial cuts, as ELLA HOPKINS reports The Conservation Volunteers in … Continue reading

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Friends group raises jaw-dropping amount for dinosaur repair

The Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (yes, it’s a thing) have been successful in raising almost £25,000 towards the cost of restoring one of Crystal Palace Park’s Grade I-listed dinosaur models. The Megalosaurus sculpture is about 170 years old and … Continue reading

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Lloyd Park stages first track and race trial for England Athletics

MATTHEW KIERNAN reports on how local runners tried out the ‘new normal’ on Saturday. Photos: NIGEL BRAMLEY By this time of year usually, the country’s hardened distance runners, fun runners and joggers would be two months into their winter of … Continue reading

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Last chance to enter Great North Wood photo competition

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Personal trainers ignore council’s parks licensing scheme

The council’s misfiring attempts to help businesses in the borough through the coronavirus pandemic reached a nadir in the summer when the Fisher’s Folly propaganda department announced that Croydon was “waiving” personal trainer licence fees – without mentioning that they … Continue reading

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Spa Wood volunteers and council work both win ‘Tree Oscars’

Croydon has won two “Tree Oscars” in awards announced this week by the Forestry Commission and the Mayor of London. The London Tree and Woodland Awards are in their 12th year of celebrating the work of individuals, communities and professionals … Continue reading

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Council backs down over plans to license 15,000-people rave

Croydon Council has dropped its application for a licence to stage a rave, potentially with as many as 15,000 people, on Purley Way playing fields. The council had submitted the licence application to the local licensing body – Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘underhand’ plan to stage rave in conservation area

A consultation deadline passed this week, almost certainly unnoticed by thousands of residents – just the way the council likes it – as Town Hall officials make preparations for up to 15,000 to attend raves and other events in the … Continue reading

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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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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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