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Amy from Croydon Living Streets Group tells us about the play street event to celebrate Happy Shoesday. They will be be opening up the street for play with a tea time playing out session at the Love Lane Green.

Amy Foster

Only a few years ago, this would have been unimaginable.

Overgrown, bramble ridden and litter strew, it seemed the Green was lost to the community forever.

Reduced from a playing field to a long, thin strip of land alongside a footpath after being sold to developers in the 1980s, this key walking route became a space to be hurried through or avoided altogether.

That is until Emma Hope-Fitch launched the Love Lane Project. Emma pulled together the members of the community, clearing land, planting fruit trees and installing play equipment for the local children. Croydon Living Streets Group has since worked in partnership with Love Lane Project to host street parties.

boy jumping

The green is now one of Croydon’s finest unofficial linear parks and the backdrop for the London Play ‘Play Street of the Year’ (2016, 2017).

It has transformed walking along the path and has turned the green into a destination for local families, generating new journeys, creating a space to stop and socialise, and turning the journey home from school into a chance to play out with friends.

It is now one of Croydon’s healthiest, happiest, most enjoyable footpaths and has made walking to school more inviting for the families in South Norwood.

We invite all our local friends to end their walk home from school with a pause for play at Love Lane Green.


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