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Trees Felled on Common by Godstone Rd - 3/10/16

We are receiving some enquiries as to why all the trees have been felled on the City of London Common land, in Godstone Rd, opposite Harris Primary Academy (Roke).

The September update from the City of London newsletter (above) did explain the reason why, but is below for information:


"Riddlesdown tree safety and scrub management

This coming autumn contractors will be cutting the woody area shown in the yellow outline. Trees within this area are poorly rooted on shallow chalk soil and are leaning downhill towards the busy A22 Godstone Road. It is difficult and dangerous to manage woodland on this steep slope so the best long term solution is to restore the area to a more open landscape of grassland and younger shrubs maintained by grazing and regular shrub cutting."

News letter No.23; February 2014

Court prosecution

In May 2013 one of our Jacob sheep was attacked by a dog on Riddlesdown. The dog was caught by visitors and we got details of the dog’s owner. The City of London Corporation decided to prosecute and on 27th January 2014 the dog’s owner was sentenced to a fine of £600, ordered to pay £95 in compensation and prosecution costs of £100.

We welcome responsible dog walkers to our open spaces but it is vitally important that visitors keep their dogs under effective control – especially where livestock are present. When livestock are attacked we will prosecute.


For full story see:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Owner-dog-savaged-prize-sheep-Purley-prosecuted/story-20506220-detail/story.html


Winter bluebell on the downs?

A shrill steam whistle heralded a visit by the Bluebell Special to Riddlesdown as it travelled from East Grinstead, steaming out of the tunnel and across the mainline viaduct spanning the Quarry. This is one of the steam engine “Specials” pulling carriages full of passengers on daytrips along the Bluebell’s recently extended route.

A century ago, thousands escaped smog of London and travelled to the Victorian theme park on the lower slopes of Riddlesdown. Famed for its tea gardens, miniature railway, monkey house and other rural delights, Gardner’s pleasure resort had over four thousand visitors on an August Bank Holiday back in 1908 - and we are still finding their discarded bottles today!

Thank you to Alan Barnes for his stunning photograph.



















See also the page on our website about steam trains passing through Riddlesdown Link


Riddlesdown Common - January 2013

Increasing numbers of deer have been seen roaming Riddlesdown Common and the adjoining Green Belt wood and scrub land. This is good to see.


However, there have also recently been reports of  a number of dogs seen chasing deer. Unfortunately on Saturday 5 January 2013 at approx 9.30am, two Alsatian dogs were seen chasing deer which resulted in one doe being severely injured. The Police and a vet were called to the injured deer which subsequently had to be put down by injection. The Police at Sanderstead SNT  are pursuing their enquiries to establish the dog owner(s).


Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs under control at all times when on the Common and to be prepared to encounter deer at any time. If owners have large dogs and are likely to chase deer, then they are urged to take measures, to prevent further attacks.




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