Directory of local nature conservation groups, organisations and Friends of park groups which offer guided walks, information and volunteering opportunities
The attached directory lists voluntary groups and organisations in Croydon which care for Croydon's parks, woods and other open spaces, or have a general interest in the green environment.
Friends of Park Groups are made up of local people with an interest in their park or wildlife, who take practical action to improve the area or investigate and advise on environmental issues. Most groups carry out practical conservation work within their park/wood on a more or less regular basis. Other groups decide to be just the eyes and ears of a park; they report damages and want to be consulted on park and open space management and development issues.
All listed groups welcome new volunteers. Many organise community events which are open to everyone.
Joining a local group can be a great way to:
- improve your local environment for the benefit of wildlife and people
- learn more about the borough's green open spaces
- learn new skills, like coppicing, hedge laying or building steps and benches, leading guided walks, fundraising
- meet like minded people
- be healthy, being outdoors and doing gentle exercise.
You do not need to be an expert in conservation or practical work in order to join a group. Groups are offering basic training and tools. They are also often looking out for someone to help with leaflets, run events, lead walks, raise money and much more.
If you would like to find out more about any of the groups listed and how to get involved please contact the green spaces community partnership officer on the details listed below.
Public Realm Office,
Stubbs Mead Depot
Croydon CR0 3RL