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Happy Valley Park

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Land including Happy Valley, Devilsden Wood and Glebelands was purchased under the Green Belt scheme in 1937 as a link between Farthing Downs and Coulsdon Common. Parsonís Pightle Estate was added a little later, the whole being called Coulsdon Green Belt Lands. Between 1956-66 much of the site was leased to a local farmer for hay crops. When the lease terminated, large areas were cleared of the scrub that had grown up as a result of the hay being left as well as the decline of the rabbit population. In 1970 the name Happy Valley was adopted for the whole park.
   
Previous / Other name: Coulsdon Green Belt Lands
Site location: Coulsdon Road/Ditches Lane, Old Coulsdon
Postcode: CR5 1BX
Type of site: Public Open Land 
Date(s): 1937
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Croydon
Site ownership: LB Croydon
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Nature trails, cross country course, horse rides, car parks, cafe, childrenís playground (Ellis Road)
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Coulsdon South then bus. Bus: 60
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 09/05/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.croydon.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Land including Happy Valley, Devilsden Wood and Glebelands was purchased under the Green Belt scheme in 1937 as a link between Farthing Downs and Coulsdon Common (q.v.). Parsonís Pightle Estate was added a little later, the whole being called Coulsdon Green Belt Lands. In 1970 the name Happy Valley was adopted for the whole area. Happy Valley Park is made up from downland grass and wooded slopes. The park is an important reserve for wildlife and nature trails have been devised to guide visitors and there is a Downlands Circular Walk. Significant recent achievements include the introduction of conservation grazing, a dormouse monitoring project, coppice management, hedge-laying and charcoal production. The site is served by several walking routes, including the London Loop and the Downlands Circular Walk, and several kilometres of high-quality horse rides.

Sources consulted:

Winterman, M A, Croydon's parks: an illustrated history (LB Croydon, 1988) p44; Croydon Parks and Open Spaces website.
Grid ref: TQ309567
Size in hectares: 101.37
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List: No
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Metropolitan Importance + SSSI
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Partly AP2
   

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