Tag Archives: Farthing Downs

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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UnHappy Valley: plans for glamping and festivals at beauty spot

The latest in a series of council consultations about the future of the borough’s parks and open spaces is suggesting that a noted local beauty spot could be handed over to another public body to look after, or that it … Continue reading

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Farthing Downs Meet the Rangers day, Jan 7

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Discover history of Farthing Downs and Coulsdon, Mar 21-22

There are two guided history walks coming up in Coulsdon later this month, organised through Coulsdon Commons, the body under the City of London Corporation which manages the downland. Hidden history of Coulsdon Common Sat Mar 21, 10am – 12noon … Continue reading

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Don’t let Coulsdon Cane Boris’s latest housing scheme

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Croydon, and London, has a housing crisis, and Cane Hill offers an excellent site for many new homes. We should not let Coulsdon’s residents get in the way, writes DAVID CALLAM Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has … Continue reading

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Woodcote school on its marks to get right on track

IAN LAMONT reports on a £800,000 training facility in Coulsdon that will boost one of the country’s oldest athletics clubs Students returning to Woodcote High School in for the summer term are tantalisingly close to being able to use a … Continue reading

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