Tag Archives: Happy Valley

Coulsdon’s blooming wildlife is chalking up a summer success

NATURE NOTES: It has been a long and very hot summer. After reading Ken Towl’s latest jaunt through Happy Valley, MOIRA O’DONNELL set off with her field guide to plants and butterflies and armed with her camera to find how … Continue reading

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Following the footsteps of DH Lawrence to the end of the LOOP

WANDLE WANDERER: There’s a slight end-of-term feel to our non-resident rambler, KEN TOWL, as he sets off on what for him is the final Croydon stage of the London Orbital walk, the LOOP. He’s even walked straight past a pub … Continue reading

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Long-delayed masterplans for borough’s parks get parked

KEN LEE, our green spaces correspondent, on an expensive waste of time After a consultation process that has taken almost two years and cost Council Tax-payers approaching £100,000 in fees to consultants to produce hundreds of pages of (virtual) glossy … Continue reading

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Time to take a container for those brambles on your rambles

We’re in the midst of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and as MOIRA O’DONNELL suggests, it’s the perfect time to discover the pleasures of  foraging for free food As a child, one of my greatest joys was a … Continue reading

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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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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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