Ashburton Hall

The new Ashburton Hall is renovation has been completed. Work on the new cafe extension is in progress.

Wet Picnic and opening of Ashburton Hall

The renovated Ashburton Hall was opened to the public for the first time on a very wet afternoon. It wasn’t the picnic weather but many people came to the Friends of Ashburton tent.

Big Dance Bus

Sunday 29 May 11am-4pm
fantastic performances by national and local dance companies and groups

2 July 2016, Big Dance Pledge public performance at Trafalgar Square

Orchard Planting

On 21 February 2016, FOAP planted 10 fruit trees and many bulbs in the area between the path and the bowling green.Thank you to everyone who helped out.

Ashburton Park Pavillon. Photo Vipul Sangoi

The Pavillon

Good news. The Council is to carry out an asbestos survey on the Pavillion, something that FOAP was previously expected to run with. This is needed before any works can be considered to the structure.

The Friends of Ashburton Park

aim to improve the park along with the public facilities and public buildings within the park perimeter.

Supporting Regeneration of Local Area

Support for the renovation of the buildings and regeneration of park continues to grow amongst the local community.

Open Public Meeting

held on 27th October 2015 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The FOAP Committee brought together Croydon Council officers and local councillors to discuss the development of  Ashburton Park. The officers presented details on current status of the development of the library building. This was followed by a question answer session between the audience and the officers & the councillors.

The renovated Library building has been renovated and renamed as Ashburton Hall. The building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism.

Ashburton Hall

The renovated Library building has been renovated and renamed as Ashburton Hall. The building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism.

The Park Grounds

The grounds have undergone numerous changes over the centuries. It has had vineyards, stables, an Italian garden, croquet lawn, fine timber and ornamental lake. Today it has a running and walking track that needs to be repaired. There are tennis courts, children’s playground and a bowling green.

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We are very fortunate to have Vipul Sangoi on FOAP's committee - his wife Anusha Subramanyam is a lead in arts and dance in the UK.
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Dance Festival Croydon launches tomorrow. The festival starts with Origami at Queens Gardens. Followed by performances by Magpie, Brit School, Shivaagee Shane Shambu, Tom O'Gorman, Tara-Brigitte Bhavn...

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I visited the Hall today and it looks amazing. As you know rooms are available to book now, cafe glazing finishing in the next few days and cafe operational in the extension in November.

Operator will start in March next year and officers have told me interest in booking rooms is high so the new operator will have a number of partners from day 1.

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Local Green Space designations across Croydon Borough shared by Croydon Council - MaryG, FOAP.

Impact of the Inspector’s recommendation on Local Green Space

The Inspector’s recommended main modification to the Croydon Local Plan to delete all Local Green Spaces has the following consequences.

• 2 Local Green Space continue to have protection as the Inspector has recommended that they become Metropolitan Open Land
o Peabody Close playing field and allotments
o Sanderstead Plantation

• 1 Local Green Space continues to have protection as it is a Listed Historic Park and Garden
o Promenade du Verdun

• 8 Local Green Spaces continue to have some protection as they are locally listed Historic Parks and Gardens as well as Sites of Nature Conservation Importance
o Beulah Hill Pond
o Convent Wood
o Duppas Hill
o Haling Grove
o Norbury Hall
o Park Hill Recreation Ground
o Upper Norwood Recreation Ground
o Wandle Park

• 23 Local Green Spaces continue to have some protection as they are locally listed Historic Parks and Gardens
o Addiscombe Recreation Ground
o All Saints Churchyard, Sanderstead
o All Saints with St Margaret's Churchyard
o Ashburton Park
o Beaulieu Heights
o Chaldon Way Gardens
o Coulsdon Memorial Ground
o Grangewood Park
o Millers Pond
o Pollards Hill
o Queen's Road Cemetery
o Sanderstead Pond (and Green)
o South Norwood Recreation Ground
o St John's Church
o St John's Church Memorial Garden
o St Peter's Churchyard
o The Lawns
o The Queen's Gardens
o Thornton Heath Recreation Ground
o Wettern Green Garden
o Whitehores Road Recreation Ground
o Woodcote Village Green
o Woodside Green

• 22 Local Green Spaces continue to have some protection as they are Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (either all of the space or part of it)
o Addiscombe Railway Park
o Biggin Wood
o Brickfield Meadows
o Copse Hill Spinney
o Coulsdon Coppice (Bleakfield Shaw)
o Coulsdon Coppice (North)
o Coulsdon Coppice (Stonefield Shaw)
o Foxley Wood and Sherwood Oaks
o Glade Wood
o Heavers Farm Meadow and allotments
o Land to r/o Hilliers Heath Road
o Norbury Park
o Parkfields Recreation Ground
o Purley Beeches
o Scrub Shaw
o Spring Park Wood
o The Ruffet
o Waddon Ponds
o Westow Park
o Whitehorse Meadow
o Whitgift Pond

• 31 Local Green Spaces have no other designation on the Policies Map of the Croydon Local Plan and are reliant on Paragraph 74 of the NPPF and Policy 7.18B of the London Plan for protection.
o All Saints Graveyard, Sanderstead
o Allders Way Playground
o Apsley Road Playground
o Ashen Grove
o Boulogne Road Playground
o Bourne Park
o Canterbury Road Recreation Ground
o Dartnell Road Recreation Ground
o Former Godstone Road allotments
o Green Lane Sports Ground
o Higher Drive Recreation Ground
o King George's Field Recreation Ground
o Land at Castle Hill Avenue
o Land north of Honeysuckle Gardens
o Little Road Playground
o Normanton Meadows
o Northwood Road Recreation Ground (Northwood Playground)
o Pollards Hill triangle
o Roke Playspace
o Rotary Field
o Selsdon Recreation Ground
o Shirley Oaks playing field and wood
o Shirley Recreation Ground
o South Croydon Recreation Ground
o St James' Church
o St John's Church Memorial Garden (east)
o St John's Church Memorial Garden (north)
o Stambourne Woodland Walk
o Temple Avenue Copse
o Trimble Gardens
o Wilford Road Recreation Ground
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Proposed Plans

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is in a sorry state after years of neglect by Croydon Council. The original red tiled roof was replaced with felt tiles, a poor substitute. The café closed a few years ago and since then the structure has been locked up. The roof has succumbed to the elements and a number of the timbers are rotten. Hoarding now surrounds the structure. We are working with partner organisations who have volunteered their expertise in the structural and asbestos surveys. This is needed before any repair work can be carried out.

The walking and jogging track

Works to repair some of the paths across the park, including repairs to the car park were set to start in September 2015. More details on what exactly is going to be completed and the timeline for these works will be posted as we get them from the council.

The Sports Facilities

The FOAP is following up with the council to fix the tennis courts and other play areas used by the community.

Historical photos of the park.

It has existed for more than 200 years.

Photos courtesy Museum of Croydon Collections