Addiscombe Rec – Gardening

The Addiscombe Recreation Ground (Bingham Park) Gardening Group was formed in 2015 to take some control of the unkempt flower beds.

We welcome anyone who would like to get involved in helping maintain the beds- contact us on We have some planned gardening sessions together throughout the year and this year’s events are below.

  • 10th October 9-12: Getting the beds ready for winter

In view of Covid-19 and social distancing we are asking volunteers to bring:

  • their own tools (these could be a trowel, secateurs, hoe, spade, fork and dependent on what work you would like to do).
  • hand sanitizer in case it is needed
  • a mask (although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, sometimes park users like to stop and chat and ask about the gardens and you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask)

Addiscombe flower beds pictured below as we got started:


Regular Spring – Summer – Autumn (usually monthly) “dig and tidy up” dates are published and advertised on the entrance gates.



Planned Cherry Trees  


As part of the Tokyo Olympics activities, Croydon Council successfully applied for 80 Sakura Cherry Trees (not suitable for streets) and identified for ‘blossom impact’ reasons two parks, Addiscombe Recreation Ground (30 trees) and Sanderstead Recreation Ground (50 trees).

The trees have come from Japan and are currently (past 18 months) in quarantine at a UK nursery.  To date,  it is anticipated that the trees will be delivered in November 2020 with a view to plant late November/early December. In addition, as part of this Bid, the Council will be planting (November 2020 – March 2021) in the streets leading to the park, ensuring that all vacant tree pits are filled and again looking at flowering cherries species to keep in ‘character’ with the surrounding area.

Background Notes

The Sakura Cherry Tree Project came about with the desire of the Japanese to share the sakura trees with their friends in the UK. From its grassroots beginning, it was welcomed by the Prime Ministers of both countries.

This Project is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, which aims to celebrate the friendship between our two countries. Thousands of cherry trees planted in parks, schools and public spaces will grow as a symbol of the longstanding friendship that has evolved between our two countries and will continue to do so.

The Sakura Cherry Tree Project in the UK marks 150 years of Japan-UK friendship and the continued cooperation between our two nations. It was launched in the joint communique issued by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the then Prime Minister Theresa May when the two met in Japan in Autumn 2017. Because cherry blossom (sakura) is the national flower of Japan, over five thousand cherry trees will be planted throughout the UK starting in 2020 and into 2021.

This project is a part of the Japan-UK Seasons of Culture which will take place in both countries during 2019 and 2020. It is represented in Japan by the Japan-British Society, whose main role is to raise funds for the project, and in the UK by a special committee convened by the Japan Matsuri Company (an organisation jointly managed by the Japanese Association, the Japanese Chamber Of Commerce and Industry in the UK, the Japan Society, and the Nippon Club), whose role is to manage the entire operation in the UK.

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