Purley Way Playing Fields off the Purley Way, Croydon. The large open playing fields include a children’s play area, skate ramp, and football pitches. This green area is loved by local families visiting the park for various activities. Flat and well-maintained lawns used by football clubs, runners, dog walkers. Flying enthusiasts love the necessary fields of Croydon Airport. Park has just seen a massive investment from local authorities, where the modern outdoor gym installed.
Purley Downs Golf Club is a historic golf club reaching history back to 1890 when golf enthusiasts convinced local farm owner to allow them to chase a ball around the sheep. The farmer decided to lay fine downland lawn turf, built a wooden clubhouse and put nine holes. His fee was £24. Since then the club has seen many changes in layout, clubhouses. The whole of the land owned by the club is Green Belt and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its unusual flora and fauna. The result is that, away from the greens and fairways, Purley Downs often seems more like a nature reserve than a golf course. Roe deer and their young baby deer invariably seen, as are pheasants, green woodpeckers, and ring-necked parakeets. The variety of trees make the course a virtual arboretum, with oak, yew, whitebeam, silver birch, and Rowan the most prominent. Look a little closer, and, thanks to our situation on chalk downland, there is a vibrant flora with butterflies to match.