Dragonflies & trams at Wandle Park

It was a lovely sunny day, (in the middle of March?) when a visit was made to Wandle Park

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Wandle Park in the vicinity of Croydon Town Centre

The park is easily accessible being only a five-minute tram journey from Central Croydon

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Wandle Park Tram Stop with Baratt’s housing development in the background

A number of helpful noticeboards give a  detailed history of Wandle Park.

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Wandle Park was officially opened 10 May 1890 when a crowd of 30,000 attended.

Unfortunately the park fell into disrepair in the seventies but it was successfully refurbished in 2012 and the river wandle restored to the surface, as detailed in other  restoration blogs

A large number of activities are now organised in the park: a skateboard park, adventure playground, trim trail and a bandstand. In April there will be bat watching, walking football and kite making. We could not agree with the curious poster that appeared in wandle park with the phrase”only the lonely”. The Friends of Wandle Park might disagree so using an image editing program I amended the message solely on my computer and of course, no defacing of the original has taken place.

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please note a doctored image, the original poster  with “only the lonely” is intact at wandle park 

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Through the bandstand – the invisible man was playing at the time!

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Large steps required to navigate this trail

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The pond is a haven for dragonflies in the summer

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Dragonflies rest with their wings open. Damselflies rest with their wings closed and their front and back wings are the same size.

If you can’t wait until the summer then I have a photograph of a dragonfly.

At the other end of the park you can see the newest and tallest occupied building in Croydon the “Saffron Square”, decorated in the colours of the Saffron Crocus. Saffron being the shades of purple color of a new flower dedicated to Croydon. The name Croydon derives from the word crocus.

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In the background Saffron Square dwarfing the nearby Delta Point, itself being converted into flats and the largest office conversion of its kind in the UK.

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Entrance of river wandle to wandle park

Before the river wandle emerges into wandle park it is still culverted through Croydon. One of the sources of the wandle runs parallel to the Roman Road flyover, underneath the Croydon flyover and along SouthBridge road. It is suspected that the source originates nearby in the far corner of a playing field  in the Whitgift School. I should stress that the exact route is speculative and it is currently being investigated by the Wandle Trust ably assisted by some well-trained volunteers.

On exiting the park via a footbridge towards waddon road, I took some photographs to show the close proximity of the tram line to the park.

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Photo taken from pedestrian bridge toward Croydon showing the tram bridge over the railway line.

 

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