of Coulsdon Coppice
1984 local residents were worried that the six acres of
woodland, left over from development, bounded by Coulsdon Road,
Rutherwick Rise and St. David's, would also be developed. They
formed an action group and were able to secure this area for
public use and a nature reserve. Until 2011 London Wildlife
Trust had looked after this site with the help of local
residents, but were not able to continue. On Saturday 21st
January 2012 the Friends of Coulsdon Coppice group was formed
under the chairmanship of Councillor Chris Wright with a
secretary, treasurer and committee. This will enable the group
to apply for funds and insurance etc.
project to improve Coulsdon Coppice for the wildlife and for
local residents is proving to be a success story. Since the
first gathering of local volunteers on 1st October 2011, there
have been many working mornings with an increasing number of
local residents. A great deal of litter and rubbish has been
cleared, the steps and paths opened up and a great deal of dead
wood removed. Much has been achieved.
the lease of the site is still held by London Wildlife Trust,
it is hoped that this lease can soon be returned to Croydon
Council and the new group of friends can, with help from the
Council, begin some of the major work that is needed to restore
the Coppice and provide an area that will be preserved.
Coulsdon Coppice Friends' Group are conducting a survey of the
Coppice with the aid of a video recorder and previous records.
This is needed to identify the location of all the special
plants and trees. Meanwhile other volunteers have been busy
clearing the paths, which had become quite overgrown. Children
from nearby Byron School have been asked to help by designing
posters urging people not to drop litter in the Coppice.
final working session of the season at the Coppice was again a
successful morning. There is now a lull in our activity so that
the birds can nest in peace. We will review the results of a
site visit with London Wildlife Trust (who still have the lease
of the coppice) and Croydon's Tree and Parks officers. They
have offered a lot of advice and help with major works that
will be needed if the Coppice is to maintain the aim of the
Friends Group to keep it as a haven for wildlife as well as a
place that residents can enjoy.
Friends Group are looking forward to the new phase in our
maintenance and welcome any new helpers. They are meeting on
the second Saturday of each month at the Car Park by the
northern end of the Coppice at 10.00 am.
you would like to join the group please click to email Cllr
Chris Wright or ring on 01737 555581. Please come and give
help and support, you will be very welcome.
litter picking sticks and bags are provided, but suggest
suitable clothing and footwear. Tools would also be helpful.