Category Archives: Gardening

Help precious pollinators by getting your own Bee Saver Kit

There are unprecedented challenges facing the world, but our fragile food system would be put under even more strain if we lose our bees. Bees pollinate 75per cent of our main food crops worldwide, but right now they are dying … Continue reading

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Wassailing helps Wilderness garden’s ‘green prescription’

The Wilderness garden in Shirley is expecting bumper crops this year, after their fruit trees and vegetable patch received a visit from a group of merry wassailers… More than 100 people attended the event in the historic garden, once the … Continue reading

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Take an hour this month to monitor your garden’s bird life

The conservation charity the RSPB is appealing for as many volunteers as possible to give up one hour of their day later this month to take part in 2023’s Big Garden Birdwatch. The Big Garden Birdwatch is an annual event … Continue reading

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Mayor accused of ‘cynical ploy’ over garden centre closure

Nearly 800 people have already signed a petition calling on Croydon’s Tory Mayor to reverse a “hasty decision” to shut down a council-owned garden centre which has provided valuable livelihoods for local people with learning difficulties for more than 30 … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the wild side in Shirley with Wilderness Sundays

A historic Croydon garden is opening its doors today and once every month to offer skills-building sessions and an opportunity to visit the venue. The Wilderness is a seven-acre garden in Shirley, situated within MHA Hall Grange, a care home … Continue reading

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Friends of Trumble Gardens Action Day, Brigstock Rd, Nov 5

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Whitehorse Road and its ‘critical’ bees to get an upgrade

The council has decided to spend the bulk of a £85,000 government grant on “updating” Whitehorse Road Recreation Ground in Selhurst. The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities provided the modest amount of funding to improve parks and green … Continue reading

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Volunteer makes a country park bench fit for the Queen

Not for the first time, volunteers – in this case Jonathan Tolhurst – have done something which, really, ought to be carried out by Croydon’s council. If only they had the money…

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Friends of Trumble Gardens Action Day, Brigstock Rd, Oct 1

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Apple Day at the Addiscombe Railway Park orchard, Oct 1

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Garden centre offers to help you enjoy the fruits of your labours

Dobbies is hosting a free Grow How session in its Woodcote Green store, with a live demonstration on how to grow your own fruit bowl. Ideal for beginners and seasoned gardeners, Dobbies’ Grow How interactive workshop will take place on … Continue reading

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Thames Water imposes hosepipe ban but still can’t fix leaks

Flood warnings one day, a hosepipe ban the next… That’s the reality in Croydon in the climate crisis. Thames Water this morning confirmed what had been widely expected after two months of drought that has seen the source of the … Continue reading

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Council rejects private school’s planning scheme for Heathfield

A planning application from a private education business to make extensive alterations to Heathfield House, a listed building owned by Croydon Council, has been refused. As Inside Croydon reported in June, Cressey College has been renting the building from the … Continue reading

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Hosepipe ban ‘in weeks’ as second heat health warning issued

Five more days of 30-degrees-plus temperatures, and with no sign of rain any time soon has seen Thames Water follow other companies in issuing drought notifications The summer-long drought and another heatwave with temperatures over 30 degrees for several days … Continue reading

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Shirley’s Wilderness garden banks on help from volunteers

A Croydon care home that is surrounded by a notable and historic garden has been enjoying the benefits of some special care and attention from a big corporate team-bonding exercise. Staff from Standard Chartered Bank picked The Wilderness, a seven-acre … Continue reading

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Garden centre offers Christmas on a plate with veg advice

You might not want to go to the lengths of rearing your own Christmas turkey in your backyard, but one local garden centre is offering free sessions to show you how to grow all the vegetables you might need for … Continue reading

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Pupils show they know their onions on Surrey Street stall

Croydon pupils turned market traders last week, selling fruit and vegetables grown by their schools at Surrey Street Market, as part of a programme promoting healthy eating, cooking and sustainability. Thirty pupils from The Link Secondary, Shirley High and Meridian … Continue reading

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The day I saved 7 street trees – with the help of Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Stirred into action by our report about street trees being in desperate need of some care and attention during the heatwave, loyal reader LEWIS WHITE, right, set off armed with his watering can and a handful of copies … Continue reading

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9ft fence for special school could ruin listed Heathfield House

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, on the disposal of another of Croydon’s heritage assets – with a listed building being rented out on the cheap to a multi-million-pound education company that charges its pupils up to £81,000 … Continue reading

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Shirley’s wild garden opens its gates for a royal celebration

Staff at a Croydon care home will be using their historic garden to host a street party picnic. Wilderness Gardens is a seven-acre historic garden situated on Shirley Church Road within MHA Hall Grange, a care home that offers residential … Continue reading

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Public parks are suffering effects of decades of malign neglect

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The loss of the council’s professional gardeners, as reported earlier this week, is the latest stage in a long process that has eroded a once-proud civic service, says LEWIS WHITE Council parks departments used to have area senior … Continue reading

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Council gardeners are now an endangered species in Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While the new Mayor announces the restoration of some services, such as the graffiti-cleaning team, other parts of the fabric of the borough are still vanishing, like red-list endangered species, in this year’s £38m round of cut-backs. PETER … Continue reading

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St Matthew’s Flower Festival, Park Hill, June 11-12

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Mayor digs in to plant a Jubilee cherry tree at Mayday

The local NHS Trust and the Mayor of Croydon staged a joint ceremony yesterday to dig in and contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy – a tree-planting initiative being run to coincide with celebrations around the 70th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Stars help Bensham Manor pupils get back to their roots

Levi Roots, the sauce-maker-turned-TV-star, and “the Black Farmer”, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, have teamed up with a Lottery-funded company in Croydon to show young children how to grow food and become sustainable. Pamper Indulge and Give – which wallows in its acronym … Continue reading

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