It’s not just the Chelsea Flower Show that has all the best greenery at the moment. This beautiful walled garden is a few minutes walk from the centre of Croydon in Park Hill Park and is maintained by volunteers from the local community.
The ‘castle’ you can see in the background is actually a water tower built during the 19th century to serve the large increase in the town’s population.
As the population expands in the 21st century too, there are more new shoots sprouting up near the station on Cherry Orchard Road in the form of new blocks of flats. Or as they always seem to be known these days - luxury apartments.
Park Hill Park is hosting a ‘Flower Fairies Festival’ this summer celebrating the work of artist Cicely Mary Barker who created the original books and grew up in the Croydon area. More details at http://www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk/Calendar/2203/Families%20and%20Children/Flower-Fairies-Festival