Croydon Saffron Central


Croydon Environmental Fair 2018 in Wandle Park

Posted on June 18th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A ten-minute walk away from Croydon town centre, all was green – and a bit too peaceful

On Saturday 9th June Croydon’s greenest citizens held the borough’s eighth Environmental Fair in the serene surroundings of Wandle Park.

Enthusiastic representatives from Croydon Saffron Central, the Friends of Wandle Park, West Croydon’s Our Green Mile, Croydon Community Connectors, Friends of the Earth, Croydon Amnesty, the Spinal Health Centre, … Read More »



Regenerating Croydon from the ground up

Posted on May 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Croydonians are creating a grassroots regeneration movement, and why a totem pole is the perfect symbol of this

“Quality… you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. Some things are better than others… but what is the betterness?” – Robert M Pirsig.

Everybody wants a better Croydon. So what exactly is it? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

The … Read More »



April 2018 in brief

Posted on May 10th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of April 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

Labour held Croydon Council in the local elections

A low-key campaign overshadowed by national and London politics came to an end on 3rd May, with the result becoming clear overnight. Labour won 41 of Croydon’s 70 councillors, with the Conservatives taking the remaining 29. The UKIP vote collapsed across the borough, while Lib Dem and Green spokespeople both … Read More »



Requiem and reality check – the end of Croydon Saffron Central

Posted on April 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Land in Croydon isn’t only for profit, and our saffron farm proved it

On Saturday 7th April 2018 a team of volunteers stripped out the site of Croydon Saffron Central, as it prepared to close forever.

Croydon’s urban saffron farm was founded by Ally McKinlay in the summer of 2015.  Ally first became fascinated by our town’s history of crocuses while working as a DJ for … Read More »



Croydon Saffron Central will feature on BBC Radio 4′s Food Programme this Sunday, 28th January

Posted on January 26th, by Ally McKinlay in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon’s urban saffron farm will be on the airwaves again this weekend

This Sunday Yasmin Khan, who was born in Croydon, presents a very special programme called Britain’s Secret Saffron Story for The Food Programme on the BBC’s Radio 4. I was lucky enough to be interviewed just before Christmas at Broadcasting House and shared all that I knew, as best I could, on Croydon’s connection to the saffron … Read More »



Is the Citizen‘s work done?

Posted on November 16th, by James Naylor in Site News. No Comments

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, in a different Croydon to the one in which it started, the Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief asks what role the publication still has to play

This is a month where we might permit ourselves a little self-satisfaction. 16th November 2017 will mark exactly five years since the Citizen officially launched in the back room of Matthews Yard to an audience of encouraging … Read More »



West Croydon station: fast-track the feelgood factor…

Posted on October 31st, by Vanessa Nicholson in Politics & Society. 2 comments

…with this green-fingered community garden initiative

If you’ve passed through West Croydon train station recently, you may have noticed some changes on the platforms. Friends of West Croydon Station Energy Garden – a group of local volunteers – is working with Croydon Transition Town, Broad Green Residents Association and other community organisations, to bring an energy garden to Croydon.

Communities across London are transforming overground stations into energy … Read More »



“I met a young girl; she gave me a rainbow”: my experience of Croydon PrideFest 2017

Posted on August 8th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. No Comments

In the heart of Croydon, unity is symbolised by a rainbow flowerbed

The clock is ticking and the warm summer days are flying by. The kids are off school, holidays are being taken, festivals have come and gone along with numerous events across our amazing borough. One of those festivals, Croydon PrideFest 2017, was a colourful gathering and celebration in the Queen’s Gardens on the Saturday 15th … Read More »



June 2017 in brief

Posted on July 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Last month’s biggest stories, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon Council responded to Grenfell Tower fire by instigating safety checks

The day after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, on Wednesday 14th June, Croydon Council issued a statement to all council tower block residents reiterating safety and evacuation procedures. The best course of action in case of the spread of fire appeared to have been unclear in … Read More »



Event review: Croydon’s evolution

Posted on July 14th, by Charles Barber in History. 11 comments

Dodgy microphones did not spoil an engaging and detailed journey through the borough’s varied and innovative history, but where were the audience questions?

The banqueting hall of the Old Palace School was an appropriately historical location for a discussion on the evolution of Croydon. Expertly hosted by James Naylor, who was a combination of both chairman and compere, the evening consisted of a guided … Read More »