Croydon’s parks and open spaces: who should look after them?

Posted on July 10th, by Uday Shukla in Politics & Society. 2 comments

What can we do to protect our local parks and green areas?

I enjoy walking; whether it’s just a stroll around the block or a ten-mile hike along the coast, I really do love it. Well, what’s not to like, being outdoors, getting some exercise and seeing fantastic things along the way? It certainly beats my typical day at the office, confined to a desk staring at … Read More »

Norbury Hall Park’s squirrels need you!

Posted on June 26th, by Natasha Ley in Politics & Society. No Comments

If you live near ‘Squirrel Park’, here’s a chance to help urban wildlife

The Friends of Norbury Hall Park are appealing for volunteers to help improve and clean-up Norbury Hall Park, Craignish Avenue, SW16 from 2 pm on Saturday 30th June.

The park, known as ‘Squirrel Park’ due to its large population of friendly squirrels, is very popular with its local community. However, in recent years, … Read More »

The Croydon parks getting lost under Labour

Posted on April 30th, by Helen Pollard in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Thirty-one of Croydon’s parks and green spaces are under threat

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the Local Plan that was recently signed off by Croydon’s Labour council. One of the most controversial elements was the lack of protection for some of the town’s parks and green spaces.

There are thirty-one parks that have no special status in the Local Plan, which leaves … Read More »

The growing political conflict over green spaces

Posted on December 8th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The council’s plans for green spaces has numerous issues

Concern continues about the possible threat to some of the parks and open spaces in the Borough. This is because the council has failed to provide evidence under the national criteria for them to be included in a special list of Local Green Space.

As a result, the Local Plan Examination Inspector deleted the list from the … Read More »

What do children want from parks?

Posted on August 29th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

A consultation with schoolchildren finds Croydon’s parks to be appealing destinations that could use some improvement

One of the challenges for primary schools is how to incorporate the National Curriculum encouragement to include knowledge and inquiry about the local areas in which they are based. There are many ways in which this can be done including walkabouts, visiting local amenities, and having people come in to talk … Read More »

What Croydon stands to gain from Greater London becoming a National Park City

Posted on January 17th, by Beth Collier in Culture. 1 Comment

Green spaces, wildlife, inquisitive residents: Croydon’s got everything that it needs to benefit from this world-changing initiative

The campaign to make Greater London the world’s first National Park City is a grassroots movement which has captured the imagination of the capital. Over 85% of polled Londoners and Mayor Sadiq Khan support its aims to connect more of us with nature, make the majority of London green and … Read More »

How robust is the council’s evidence base for parks policy?

Posted on December 14th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

A closer look at council policy toward Croydon’s green spaces

One of the issues that the Planning Inspector on the Local Plan, adopted by the full council on Monday 5th December, must face is the robustness of the evidence which the council has used to justify its policies and proposals.

One area of weakness appears to be in relation to parks and open spaces.

It … Read More »

I would make Croydon better by… October 2016

Posted on October 24th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at

In 2014 we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place, and it’s still going strong. From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems and we are delighted that so many have responded so … Read More »

Five of the best… Croydon parks to walk your dog

Posted on February 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

In the first of her new series, ‘five of the best’, Bernadette Fallon offers her pick of Croydon’s parks

We’re very fortunate in Croydon to have so many parks and green spaces – 127 to be precise, so get your walking shoes on and grab the dog. If you haven’t got one, borrow the neighbour’s, because if there is one thing better than getting outside to enjoy … Read More »

Seventeen fun things for kids to do this summer (that you might not have thought of)

Posted on July 13th, by Pamela Virgo in Culture. 1 Comment

The summer holidays start this week, and there’s lots to do in Croydon that doesn’t cost a lot, says Pamela Virgo

If you’re under 7

Whitgift Weenies Club: robots and aliens in the Whitgift Centre!
inflatable disco dome and bouncy castle at London Road Carnival, Sunday 19th July.
Deen City Farm (Phipps Bridge tramstop) has animals from goats to guinea pigs. Entry is free.
love your local library: free storytime … Read More »