How we manage Riddlesdown
Riddlesdown is managed by the City of London as part of four urban commons across South London and Surrey known collectively as the Coulsdon Commons. This includes:
- Farthing Downs
- Kenley Common
- Coulsdon Common
In 2019, these sites became a National Nature Reserve (NNR) owing to their high value for wildlife and nationally important biodiversity.
South London Downs NNR
The South London Downs NNR is a partnership initiative involving Natural England, the City of London and Croydon Council. It brings together 417ha of key sites, including the four within the Coulsdon Commons, to protect and enhance some of our most important habitats across a wide urban area, providing inspiration and opportunity for Londoners to engage with the natural world.
Managing the Coulsdon Commons
Keeping the Coulsdon Commons looking wonderful all year round takes a lot of hard work. We have been working closely with our communities, visitors and partners to develop ten-year management plans to help protect and preserve these special sites for future generations and biodiversity. These plans outline why and how we intend to do this, highlighting our main projects and guiding the practical work programme for the Rangers each year.
We are in the process of updating our management plans to set out a 10-year vision for each of the Coulsdon Commons and the broad objectives which will guide their management. If you require a copy of the 2010-2020 management plans, please contact us.