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Magnificent seven: City Commons celebrate Green Flag awards

Coulsdon Common, Kenley Common, Farthing Downs and Riddlesdown are among seven open space areas in and around Croydon that are managed by the City of London Corporation and which have won Green Flag status again this year. The City Commons … Continue reading

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Happy Valley Wild Flower Walk, Farthing Downs, Jun 26

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Spring Bird Walk, Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, Jun 12

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Downs friends’ appeal for memorial to volunteer Gill Peachey

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MP backs call to extend Surrey Hills beauty area into Croydon

A Croydon MP says that residents have a “fantastic opportunity” to take part in a public consultation which could see parts of his constituency, such as Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, Coulsdon Common and Rddlesdown, added to an Area of … 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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There’s mushrooming interest in wildlife on local commons

NATURE NOTES: Winter visitors are eagerly awaited, while City Commons’ guided walks made some fascinating discoveries Winter birds, including redwing and fieldfare, are expected to start arriving on the green spaces in and around Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. These visitors fly … Continue reading

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Help the Commons rangers plan for 10 more years of care

City Commons, the organisation operated by the City of London which manages a selection of green spaces in and around Croydon, is preparing its 10-year management plans, and is seeking input from the public which might influence how it approaches … Continue reading

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City Commons’ work recognised with 7 Green Flag awards

Seven green spaces in and around Croydon which are protected by the City of London Corporation have been granted prestigious Green Flag status. Coulsdon Common, Kenley Common, Farthing Downs and Riddlesdown, plus Spring Park and West Wickham Common in Bromley … Continue reading

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Charges to be introduced for car parking at Farthing Downs

Parking charges are to be introduced on Farthing Downs by the City of London Corporation. Through City Commons, the Corporation manages seven commons and open spaces across Croydon and south London, including large tracts of the new South London Downs … Continue reading

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E-Moo-gency services rescue pregnant cow on Farthing Downs

The steaks were high when the London Fire Brigade got an e-moo-gency call-out on Sunday morning to avoid udder chaos on Farthing Downs. One of the herd of Sussex cattle that are part of an ecology project on the Downs, … Continue reading

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Take a walk over the downs in Coulsdon with an all-star cast

The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have relaunched their nature trail in Coulsdon, with the help of an all-star cast of celebrities. Joanna Lumley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Noddy Holder, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Robinson and Richard … Continue reading

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Commons rangers get ‘kick in the teeth’ from costly vandalism

Rangers and volunteers who work hard year-round to maintain and enhance the ecology of the downland around Coulsdon have been rocked this week by vandalism at Farthing Downs, which is likely to cost thousands of pounds from an already stretched … Continue reading

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Here is the moos: Farthing Downs calves are growing up fast

Looking for some peace and quiet? You may want to give Farthing Downs a wide berth for a few days. City Commons, the custodians of much of the downland around the south of the borough, felt the need to explain … Continue reading

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City Commons find there’s plenty of life in their old trees yet

The rangers and staff at City Commons, who work on many of the open spaces and pieces of common land in and around Croydon, are celebrating a significant development in their work, with the sighting of a rare moth following … Continue reading

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Crime and livestock attacks on Farthing Downs cause concern

Croydon councillors will turn up in Coulsdon this afternoon on the hottest day of the year, maybe the hottest day ever recorded in these islands, to bask in the sun and in the reflected glory of the decades of hard … Continue reading

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National Reserve status granted for Coulsdon’s Farthing Downs

Croydon will get its own National Nature Reserve later this month, as more than 1,000 acres of chalk downland across Riddlesdown, Farthing Downs, Happy Valley, through to Kenley Common, Sanderstead and Whyteleafe will be formally declared by Natural England as … Continue reading

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South London Downs Discovery Day, Farthing Downs, Jul 25

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Bird-watchers are on the look-out in annual species count

JOHN BIRKETT, of the RSPB Croydon group, spotted his first swallow of the summer at the weekend. He’s now preparing himself for a very long day on Thursday. Here, he explains why. Photos by JOHN FLYNN This month sees the … Continue reading

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Happy Valley to be granted National Nature Reserve status

Some of Croydon’s best-known and most popular open spaces are to be afforded similar status to a National Park, giving protection from the threat of development. In a proposal to be considered by the City of London Corporation on Monday, … Continue reading

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City Commons guided ramble over Farthing Downs, Feb 2

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City Commons Funghi Walk, Farthing Downs, Nov 11

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Farthing Downs Flower Walk, Coulsdon, Jun 16

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Farthing Downs heritage and conservation guided walk, May 22

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Our parks and open spaces deserve some dogged support

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Coulsdon residents have been outraged by council suggestions for possible future commercialisation of Happy Valley with “glamping” and caravans. LEWIS WHITE puts forward his point of view I’m all for meaningful use of parks for events, as long … Continue reading

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