New Trees at Ashburton Playing Fields

Trees for Cities is pleased to be working with Croydon Council to plant new trees in Ashburton Playing Fields. We are planting some large trees across the playing fields to provide additional shade and enhance biodiversity.


Trees for Cities is pleased to be holding a free community tree planting day at Ashburton Playing Fields on Saturday 16th March 2024 from 10am to 3pm. We welcome people from the local community to come volunteer to plant more beautiful new trees in the park. Trees for Cities will provide all the equipment and guidance you need and everyone that comes along will get a chance to plant a tree.

Free refreshments and lunch will be provided for volunteers on the planting day.

Accessibility is very important to us, and we are working to make sure our events can welcome everyone.


Volunteers planting with Trees for Cities

Why are we planting trees here?

We are planting a selection of large trees on the borders of the playing fields. These trees will contribute to increasing canopy cover in the area and provide areas of shade for members of the community using the playing fields for sporting activities.

Ashburton Playing Fields are part of a green corridor which runs from the Addington Hills, through Addiscombe, Woodside & Shirley Leisure Gardens Allotments, Ashburton Playing Fields, Long Lane Wood and up to South Norwood Country Park. Long Lane Wood is a remaining fragment of the Great North Wood and is home to Bywood Avenue Bird Sanctuary (a fenced off area of woodland intended as nature reserve).

Being part of this green corridor, the new trees will provide additional habitat for wildlife. Alongside Bywood Avenue Bird Sanctuary, this will benefit the local bird population and will enhance the biodiversity of the surrounding landscape.

The planting has been set out to ensure ample space is maintained for sporting activities. Clusters of trees towards the edges and corners of the fields will provide shaded areas for families and members of the community. They will also add depth and interest to the borders of the space.