Category Archives: Gardening

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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Plant A Tree Day, Tollers Estate, Coulsdon, Dec 7

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Mayfair property developers fence off Woodside play space

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission. … Continue reading

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Green Heritage Fair, Croydon Ecology Centre, Sep 14-15

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Council digs deep to find £350,000 to improve allotments

Six allotment sites around the borough are to benefit from a £350,000 cash boost from the council. The council announced yesterday, “The money will be used for a range of works at the sites which are managed by the council, … Continue reading

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Residents petition for Scott and Newman to CPO Love Lane

Residents trying to save the Love Lane community garden from developers have been told by one of their ward councillors that Croydon will not step in with a compulsory purchase order for the plot of land. As Inside Croydon first … Continue reading

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Community activist is leading fight to save Love Lane gardens

Hear how a group of neighbours and friends in South Norwood is fighting to save their community gardens from Mayfair-based property developers, as featured in our latest Under The Flyover podcast The strength of the council’s commitment to protecting Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Carshalton Lavender Weekend, Oaks Way, Jul 27-28

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Mayor of London pledges Park Hill garden £17,500 cash boost

A project to redesign Park Hill Park’s Victorian walled garden has had £17,500 pledged by the Mayor of London in a round of crowdfunding for community projects. Through Crowdfund London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged more than £600,000 to support … Continue reading

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Say It With Poison – garden talk, Upper Norwood, Jul 8

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Sanderstead HS Summer Show, Wettern Tree Garden, Jun 22

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Plant and Produce Sale, St John’s South Croydon, May 26

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Plant and Seedling Sale, Heathfield House, May 19

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Community Gardening, St John’s Sylvan Road, every Wed

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Hard work starts to recreate garden home of the Shirley poppy

Work is underway to restore an historic and scientifically important seven-acre garden which became known as “The Wilderness” long before it became quite so overgrown. Tucked behind the MHA Hall Grange care home on Shirley Church Road, the area once … Continue reading

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