Friends of Purley Beeches
15/08/2014 10:18:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Following the recent dramatic tree felling in Purley Beeches, to remove diseased trees, a number of concerned residents have met with Croydon Council to discuss the future management of this precious Sanderstead amenity.
As a result of several meetings, it has been decided to form the “Friends of Purley Beeches”. The group is looking for as much local support as possible.
If you wish to be involved or simply to be informed of progress, please contact either of the addresses below
Contact: Stan Lowy, on tel: 020 8657 3684, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email Elizabeth Bennett on: email@example.com
Purley Beeches was planted some time after 1834 on open land forming part of Purley Downs. The area was saved from development by local subscription in 1907. Thirty years later a plot of adjoining land that had belonged to Purley Farm was purchased for £1,289. Twelve shillings, raised by 561 supporters including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Eric Wettern. Wettern Tree Gardens now adjoins the Beeches…. Source History of Sanderstead published by the Bourne Society.
Mrs Relf who lived in Beech Avenue used to recollect that during the second world war the Irish Guards were billeted in the area and carried out their training and manoeuvres in the Purley Beeches. Their headquarters were at St Mary’s Church Hall where a large kitchen, removed in the 1980s, was built onto the end of the hall away from the Church. The large concrete slab to the front of the hall was their parade area.
In the 1960s it was a delight to walk through the Beeches on a sunny winters day to see the magnificent mature trees at their prime, but now few remain and much of the area is covered in shrub. The desire to form a Friends of Purley Beeches to establish a programme of woodland management is highly merited.
The Sanderstead Residents Association who have previously funded the Friends of Croham Hurst Woods and the Wettern Tree Garden have pledged to seed fund the Friends of Purley Beeches on becoming formerly established.