London Borough of Croydon

The Ambitious for Parks grant fund was launched in April 2017. Local community groups were invited to apply for up to £4,000 per project to help improve, develop and encourage community activity within one of the 127 parks and green spaces managed by Croydon Council. 

The projects had to address at least one of our Ambitious for Parks themes:

  • Get active
  • Get involved
  • Support and learn about nature
  • Exciting days out

A panel considered the merits of the applications and how well they met the objectives of the Ambitious for Parks themes.  

Get Involved

We hope you see something that interests you!

Everyone is welcome to take part in these activities. For further information please click on the link for each project above or contact

Which projects have been funded?

12 projects were selected to receive grants from the £40,000 fund. They cover a wide range of activities in parks and green spaces across the Borough.

Norbury Park

Creation of a flower garden and seating area around the historic stone water trough

Heavers Meadow

Design and installation of signs promoting the park, and interpretive information boards within the park about the habitat and function of a flood meadow.

Broad Green

Bolly day in the Park’, Bollywood & Bhangra dancing workshops, family games, performances by local dance groups.

Stambourne Wood

Forest school; volunteer recruitment for woodland management; new signage; creation of benches and sculpture from fallen wood.

South Norwood Lake

Standing paddle board taster sessions and lessons for children, young people and adults. This is a new activity in Croydon, in response to public requests.

New Addington

Design signs to promote New Addington’s green spaces, organise guided walks throughout the year to promote and encourage family learning about plants, animals and habitats.

Heathfield Croydon Ecology Centre

Restoration of rock garden and water feature to create bee friendly habitat with the help of volunteers; Education days.

Whitehorse Park

Community fair, arts workshops, family games, community performances, information stands for local community groups.

Farthing Downs

Recruit new volunteers; repair and restore of footpath steps on steeper hillsides.

Hartley Down

Composting toilet – will enhance the site and enable both the Bee keepers and the allotment society to engage with a wider range of community groups and schools visits and those attending open days, learning events and tours of the site.

Grangewood park

Restoration of flower garden and decorative mosaic, along with seating area.

Lloyd Park / Addington Hills / Littleheath / Croham Heath

Signage, route maps and way marking for set distance running routes within and joining green spaces.

Further information on the progress of the projects and details of ways to join in will be published on these pages.