Love Lane Green, Love Lane, Greater London, SE25 4NG
Visitors can drop in on the 10th September to view the garden. Volunteers will be onsite to answer any questions about the community garden. The 11th September there will be two guided talks, beginning at 11am and 3pm. No need to book.
197, 157, 410, 130, 312
Nearest tram stop Harrington Road
While we will try to accommodate all visitors to the site, the terrain is rough and there may be access issues for those with reduced mobility.
We are looking forward to inviting visitors on a guided tour of Love Lane Community Garden. This will be a family friendly experience, the family fur baby can come along to, though we do ask visitors to supervise them at all times.
The garden is situated on Metropolitan open land on the border of Croydon and Bromley.
Previously, a playing field rented by Croydon Council from Bromley Council, was sold to a property developer in the 1980s when the Greater London Council was disbanded. Despite the best efforts of the community to maintain the land, it fell into a terrible state, became overgrown and used by fly tippers.
In 2015 a group of volunteers were able to begin clearing the land to create a community space with the consent of the owner.
This is still an ongoing project, recent additions include a wild flower meadow and allotment. In 2019 the Friends of Love Lane Green were able to reach an agreement with the owner, with the help of Croydon Council to allow access to the land.
The garden has become a focal point for the community, a space where everyone is welcome.
The Friends of Love Lane Green continue to improve the garden, adopting good gardening practices that do not harm but rather encourage wildlife. The green has a thriving slow worm community, toads, stag beetles, and frogs. We hope with the addition of a small nature pond we will see newts return to the green.
Local historian, John Hickman believes that the mature oak tree near the entrance of the community garden was planted as a boundary marker for Bromley and Croydon.
Things to look for on your visit:
Mural by Elno art
Bramble Maze and HQ
Play area and hut
The rainbow fence painted by volunteers
Drop in / Guided tour
theatre, entertainment, community/cultural, mixed use, concert/performance space
A public hall, theatre and gallery in grand Edwardian style. Grade II listed, Stanley made fun of the Victorian style with grand ornamentation. It reflects Stanley's interest in science, the arts and public cultural improvement.
William Ford Robinson Stanley, 1903
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