Queen’s Gardens

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 »

Croydon Saffron Central one year on

Posted on October 19th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon interviews the movers and shakers and diggers and planters of the world’s largest urban saffron farm

In an unlikely ‘garden’ in Croydon the first shoots are staring to appear. Fenced in by a burst of colourful graffitied panels and overlooked on all sides by buildings, the Wellesley Road traffic thunders past as this small part of built-up Croydon reconnects with its Roman past.

Inside, … Read More »

Genius loci

Posted on November 24th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson looks back at Croydon’s summer of saffron

A good number of Croydon residents have been fortunate enough to be involved with the incredible, horticultural, community heritage project that is Saffron Central, which has been attracting a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

I visited the site on 8th November to help harvest what may be the last of any great quantity of saffron as temperature and … Read More »

Gentrification and the heart of Croydon

Posted on December 16th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Is Croydon in danger of losing its heart and heritage? Lauren Furey gives her view

Gentrification has come to be an ugly word for London and its thirty-two boroughs. It represents a chasm of change in which pubs become restaurants, clubs become flats and houses become offices. The new builds, with their glossy finishes, sharp designs and attached cafés and ‘express’ shops, have tarnished the … Read More »

Address the housing shortage or improve the public realm? Does Croydon even have a choice?

Posted on May 9th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 12 comments

Tom Lickley asks whether Croydon can ever address its housing shortage whilst maintaining a pleasant environment for residents

Study the above image. Just a small snapshot of a residential district that goes on for miles and miles. Then imagine that this is just one of many residential zones which sprawl across the largest city proper in the world, and a city which is still expanding.

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