Category Archives: Gardening

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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Broad Green in Bloom gardens competition opens for entries

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Community gardening day, Holmesdale Road, Feb 27

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Hope Is Everything: Rookery gardens gets a Gervais bench

Today is supposed to be “Blue Monday”, which some claim to be the gloomiest day of the year. But depression doesn’t care what day it is, which is one of the reasons why CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably … Continue reading

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How Coulsdon’s downland oasis is helping to save the planet

NATURE NOTES: The City of London rangers who look after Farthing Downs, Coulsdon Common and other precious green spaces are as hard at work over the bleak midwinter months as the rest of the year, including important projects to unlock … Continue reading

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Garden centre plants a seed with children’s activity sessions

Dobbies, the garden centre chain, has relaunched its Little Seedlings Club for budding gardeners aged from four to 10, with the first sessions at its Woodcote Green centre in Sutton this Sunday, October 3. Packed full of activities, tutorials and … 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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Selhurst allotment-holders are hit by one-man crime wave

WANTED: Do you know this man? The hard-pressed gardeners and veg growers of the Selhurst and South Norwood Allotments have been seeing rather too much of this character since the start of July. They have had regular visits from this … Continue reading

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Roots & Shoots gardening course, Thornton Heath, from Jul 8

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Croydon In Crisis: Now council wants to charge kids to play

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our cash-strapped council is so hard-up, they want to charge kids hundreds of pounds for the simple pleasure of playing in the street outside their homes. EMMA HOPE-FITCH explains Back in 2015, I had the pleasure of organising … 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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Whitgift Foundation sows the seeds of a green revival

The Whitgift Foundation, Croydon’s biggest landowners and the operators of three large fee-paying schools, has launched an ambitious borough-wide gardening project to inspire residents to shrug off lockdown, dust off the trowels and get green-fingered as we spring into spring. … Continue reading

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RSPB’s Birdwatch weekend offers a perfect lockdown activity

The 2021 Big Garden Birdwatch takes place this weekend, from Friday January 29 to Sunday January 31. And organisers, the RSPB, hope that even during lockdown – perhaps because of lockdown – it’s going to be the biggest piece of … Continue reading

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Five tips for improving mental health through gardening

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is raising funds to help its patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of their therapy garden. Under this year’s Big Give appeal, which runs from December 1 to 8, every £1 raised … Continue reading

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Give a little, help a lot: comic Jo Brand backs Bethlem appeal

TV comic Jo Brand is backing an appeal from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she used to work as a mental health nurse, to raise funds to help patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of the … Continue reading

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Cut the mowing: how to transform your garden for wildlife

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After surveys this summer reported a decline in butterfly and moth populations across the country, LEWIS WHITE, a retired landscape architect with decades of experience, offers his advice on how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly this autumn … 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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Thornton Heath In Bloom competition 2020, enter by Jul 10

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Gardeners at St Peter’s, South Croydon, 2020 meeting dates

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