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. The next group sessions for 2021 are below. They are all Saturdays, join us anytime between 09:30 – 12:00:

  • 17 April
  • 29 May
  • 19 June
  • 31 July
  • 28 August
  • 18 September
  • 23 October

In view of the ongoing, hopefully improving, situation 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 you need it
  • Although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask

Any questions contact us on

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.


Spring to Autumn 2020:



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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