As those who have followed SNTB from the start, the Country Park has been a key part of us promoting all that is wonderful about South Norwood, as well as being used for a variety of our ‘events’. Who can forget the Battle of Lake Conan; SNTB vs Croydon Council, regarding the naming of the lake. Again the power of community won, defying the council and over 100 people strong witnessed a unique event.
The Friends Of South Norwood Country Park have returned with vengeance to ensure our jewel in the crown remains untouched and like a phoenix from the ashes, flying above it to ensure it’s natural state remains, enhancing and repaired where necessary and appropriate.
However, as with everything, funds are required to ensure all aspects of the park are maintained, so please support the events below, however you can:
Friends of South Norwood Country Park Wetlands for Waders Project
John Hickman and Carole Roberts will give a local history talk on the John Gent Postcards collection on Friday 14 October at 7.30 pm at Oasis Academy Arena, Albert Road. Attendance is free but donations towards the project will be welcomed.
“The John Gent Postcards Collection allows us an amazing peek into the Croydon, including South Norwood, of the past – not only in pictures, but also in messages sent to family and friends a hundred years ago. We will be briefly looking into how the collection of over 12 500 postcards was catalogued, and then delving into the treasures it contains.”
Friends of South Norwood Country Park are seeking donations for their newest project ‘Wetlands for Waders’ which will encourage different waders and waterfowl to the park. Working with the park wardens they hope to provide wader scrapes which will imitate natural hollows where water will collect. This will help to support high volumes of insects which feed birds and amphibians & will encourage plant species which benefit water voles. The scrapes can be designed to hold surface water and act as important wet features in their own right and can be used to channel water to the centre of fields. They are hoping to install a couple of long linear drains to feed a network of half a dozen scrapes. This work is supported by Croydon Council’s Environmental Services and the Water for Wildlife Manager from the Wildlife Trust. They expect that this work will cost in the region of £1,000 – £1,500.
The above says it all – once complete South Norwood will be home to an even bigger jewel!!