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Sanderstead Plantation Croydon

Summary

The origin of Sanderstead may derive from 'sandy place', which reflects the nature of the soil beneath Sanderstead Plantation. The woodland is predominantly beech but there are other species such as oak, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut and sycamore; it is noted for its bluebells in May. A depression in the middle of the wood marks the site of a brick reservoir demolished in 1969 as unsafe. Purchased in 1958 the reservoir had previously been rented from the owners of the Sanderstead and Warlingham Estate.

Basic Details

Site location:
Addington Road, Sanderstead

Postcode:
CR2 8RB ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Croydon

Site ownership:
LB Croydon

Site management:
Parks and Open Spaces. Sanderstead Plantation Group

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Sanderstead then bus.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.croydon.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ343618

Size in hectares:
8.8

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone (part)

Other LA designation:
Partly in AP2

Fuller information

The origin of the name Sanderstead may derive from 'Sandy place', which reflects the nature of the soil beneath Sanderstead Plantation. The woodland is predominantly beech but there are other species such as oak, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut and sycamore; it is noted for the display of bluebells in May when the the flowers form a blue carpet under the trees. It was formerly the site of a reservoir that was purchased in 1958, having previously been rented from the owners of the Sanderstead and Warlingham Estate. A brick reservoir in a depression in the middle of the wood was demolished in 1969 as it was believed to be unsafe and the area covered over; all that is visible today is a small mound.

Sources consulted:

Winterman, M A, Croydon's parks: an illustrated history (LB Croydon, 1988) p83

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