Kenley Common is a 56-hectare public open space it forms part of a larger area of open countryside, within the London Green belt, that links London with the broader country of Surrey. The landscape created of a mixture of chalk grassland and ancient woodland set among gently rolling hills. Residents and visitors are enjoying the beautiful wild views of the common, and it is famous for dog walking, cycling and running. It is believed that Kenley Common was cleared of forest in prehistoric times to be cultivated for crops and later for grazing. In medieval times, Kenley Common and Riddlesdown formed part of the wasteland of the Manor of Watendone.
RAF Kenley Aerodrome is a robust historical location critical in Britain’s Security since the second world war where it played a key role in the Battle of Britain. Luftwaffe attack back in the 1940s proved the reliability and importance of the airfield. It was attacked during the air bomb raid; however, the attack proved to be unsuccessful and airport and surrounding areas recovered and operated the next day. The airfield is currently owned by Ministry of Defence and used for glider training.