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New National Nature Reserve (NNR) planned for Farthing Downs, Happy Valley, Cousdon Common, Kenley Common and Riddlesdown — See AGM Presentation 2018

Who are we?


Friends of Farthing Downs is a local group run by volunteers who work to promote and protect Farthing Downs.  We were formed in June 2005 and since then we have been involved in numerous projects touching on all aspects of the Downs. We have sponsored an archaeological survey in 2006, the re-planting of a beech tree in the Folly as part of the restoration of this 18th century feature. Recent projects include sponsorship of new Information Boards, re-printing of the Nature Trail booklet and planting of flower beds at Coulsdon South Station.  To involve local people and visitors in such a rich variety of wildlife and archaeology, the Friends organize a programme of walks and talks throughout the year led by experienced and knowledgeable specialists.


What is Farthing Downs?

Farthing Downs is a premier destination for woodland, open downland and views of local and distant landmarks. There are many signposted walks and bridleways. Farthing Downs is ancient chalk grassland in Coulsdon, Surrey (London Borough of Croydon). It is managed by the City of London and has Ancient Scheduled Monument status to protect the Saxon burial mounds, Celtic field boundaries and Neolithic track-ways.  As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it offers a safe haven to endangered wildlife and rare flowers. Friends of Farthing Downs work with and support the City of London in plans to improve public facilities. In 2005, the City of London acquired the adjoining New Hill which is now managed as part of the Downs.


Why not join us?

You can help ‘Protect our heritage and environment’, ‘Support community projects’, ‘Support research and conservation projects’. Members receive our Newsletters, Events Diary and an Annual Report and preferential invitations to our walks, talks and social events. As part of Farthing Downs conservation support, the Friends are closely linked to the New Hill Volunteers (Hillbillies), a conservation group which meets every third Sunday of the month to work on land clearance, fence mending and general maintenance tasks.


If you would like to join the Friends or become a New Hill Volunteer please get in touch (see Contacts).