Latest update: 20th August 2019
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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 - 2018
6th January 2019, visitor centre and playground.
Not cut back last year's growth yet so poor view of the lake.
But a lot of hungry birds, Mallards, Canada geese, Tufted ducks, Coots and swans. And sea gulls here for winter.
There are swans in at least three parks.
A lot of Coots.
And Egyptian geese, they are now at almost all the parks around here.
View of the southern end of the lake, needs cutting back.
Quieter on the northern side of the lake, but a few birds heading this way from the island.
Mostly Tufted ducks and sea gulls.
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