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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In light of the Council's financial constraints and that of its parks team, the car park gates and toilet block are to kept closed for the foreseeable future.

When the toilet block was reopened after the first lockdown they were subject to regular acts of vandalism. This is untenable and cannot be afforded.

The car park gates are being kept locked as there are not enough parks staff to go around locking up. Leaving these gates open 24/7 is not in the interests of the park or local residents as it is an open invitation for cars to 'hang out' under cover of darkness.

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After months of chasing Croydon Council it has confirmed to me today, in writing, that in view of the financial challenge the Council faces, it has 'subsequently put a wide range of spending on hold, regrettably this includes the playground refurbishment project at Ashburton Park.'

It doesn't wholly come as a surprise after months of news trickling into the media. I cannot write here how I feel or what I think. After all our hard work over the past couple of years, working with the Council and various stakeholders and fund raising by the community we have effectively been dumped along with all other park projects.

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1 month ago

Richard John Neil

Nice to have seen the cafe open again albeit briefly. Not sure why it cannot remain open as a takeaway during lockdown? Even a couple of days a week? ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Keith Nicholas Sr

Very impresses with a mother and her child diligently picking up litter in the children's play park! Well done to both of you! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Claire Buck

Come join us this weekend for the first ever Run Talk Run Croydon. Meeting at Ashburton Park. A weekly 5km run/jog/walk with an emphasis on the benefits of talking and moving to support mental health. Sign up via the MyCrew app to attend. Follow us on Instagram @rtrcroydon ... See MoreSee Less

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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