Latest update: 4th June 2018
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South Norwood County Park is a 125 acre park, adjacent to Elmers End railway
station, three tram stations and Beckenham
Cemetery. It is mostly wild wet meadows and woods, with a large pond or lake. The land was originally a sewage farm, then
unused for many years and only developed as a park 25 years ago.
There is a car park in the park, entrance in Albert Road (SE25 4QL for
satnavs, both shown on the
map above) next to the Croydon
Sports Arena, parallel to Portland Road in South Norwood, and entrances from the three tram stations, Elmers End, Arena and Harrington
Road. The park is closed at night. Note that South Norwood Lake and Grounds is a different park, a couple of miles away.
There is visitor centre with toilets next to the car park, but it's only open for two hours
weekend afternoons. Also an excellent children's
playground and pitch and putt. There are lots of paths through the park, with cycling encouraged, but no sign posts and some of the
smaller paths are hard to find. The park is well managed for wildlife, with natural fences made from tree trunks and branches around the
pond and along the streams to stop dogs worrying the wildlife. The pond has a large island for nesting and resting, and four small jetties
for visitors to feed the wild fowl. There is a no fishing in the lake.
Older Photos of South Norwood Country Park - 2017
6th May 2018, lake is very peaceful, a few birds swimming this way.
Canada geese, Coots and Mallards, but not many of them.
And some Tufted Ducks.
One of the streams running around the lake, good flow of water, it has been wet weather.
Usually find some birds in the quiet corner of the lake, but not today.
Two Mallards out of the water.
A few more birds swim over from the island.
Does not seem to have been much pruning this year, the paths will disappear soon.
A little more activity on the other side of the lake, including a Coot family, but they stay close of the edge so no photos.
The other side of the island, quiet here as well.
But there is a Coot family.
Mother Coot with four chicks.
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