Coombe Wood is an ornamental park and it retained its Gold Award in small garden park category in the London in Bloom competition.
The gardens are quite spectacular and are immediately visible when you entered the park. The vibrant floral displays are regularly changed as Croydon council nurseries are located along the same lane . This means in the depths of winter there are still vibrant displays that would normally only be associated with the summer.
The resident gardener Terence Meredith has been voted gardener of the year in 2013 ( results for 2014 not yet available). Terence modestly told me that without his knowledge his council bosses nominated him for the award at same time as London in bloom competition. Terence always has a friendly word for the many visitors and kindly agreed to this “action photo ” while tending to the many flower beds at Coombe Woods.