Just below Heathfield is a wooded area known as Bramley bank . This area is managed by the London Wildlife Trust and their current project is to restore heather to the area by transplanting it from Addington Hills. To give you an idea the pictures below show the barren area at Bramley , the” before” picture, and the existing heather at Addington Hills that they hope will afterwards transform this part of the bank.
Unfortunately even the heather at Addington hills is under threat so a continuing project is underway to protect the area by restoring paths to encourage walkers to remain on the paths and to prevent natural erosion of the underlying chalk.
Bramley bank you will find the largest natural woodland pond in Croydon A project is making good progress to widen the pond and supports its banks to encourage plant growth , insects and fish. The plan must be working as I often see the resident heron fishing for his supper! Unfortunately he was not at home when I photographed the pond.