Community invited to track the progress of crocus sativus (Croydon’s namesake flower) planted across the borough

By - Saturday 26th September, 2015

The organisers of Croydon Saffron Central, a project to grow saffron-producing crocuses on the site of Taberner House in central Croydon, have announced an app to track the flowering of corms across the borough’s twenty-four wards.

Ally McKinlay of Croydon Saffron Central distributes corms to Croydon councillors. Photo by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Release begins: Following the great success of the community crocus planting at the world’s largest urban saffron farm on the former Taberner House site in central Croydon, Croydon Saffron Central project organisers want to give local communities the opportunity to see the crocuses bloom this November. Corms (crocus bulbs) have been distributed to local councillors from all twenty-four wards of Croydon who will ensure they are planted across the borough. A mapping device has been created called “Croydon – Crocus Valley” using an app called TiCL which is available on Apple & Android devices at

“TiCL will allow people to find these local mini saffron farms as they are all created through GPS. If you install the app & search for “Croydon – Crocus Valley” it will tell you exactly where they are located in the 24 Wards of Croydon.”

After the Saffron is harvested from Saffron Central, a further 800+ plants will be offered to each ward in Croydon to establish local Saffron farms & further create the Crocus Valley which is widely viewed to be the meaning of Croydon’s Anglo Saxon name “Croh Denu”.

Harvest time cannot be called right now but around bonfire night is a reasonable yard stick. Volunteers will be needed to help extract the saffron stigmas. “Some tweezers, a steady hand & a deep heavy pot are essential. The ability to squat or the possession of a low stool would also be pretty useful!! There have been some really lovely suggestions for the harvest event so further details will follow soon.” said McKinlay, who was also pleased to report that a handful of shoots are already above soil level.

You can  or follow him on Twitter @BadgerJellyfish. There is also a Facebook Page called “Croydon Saffron Central”.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Saffron Central.



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