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Greening: the town in which we grew

A workshop connecting our memories & sense belonging in Croydon, with that of the natural world.

Meeting Point @ Turf Projects, Whitgift Centre


Who and what is allowed to take up space? How can we resist & persist despite everything?


Join us for a workshop connecting our memories & sense belonging in Croydon, with that of the natural world.

We’ll start with a walk & talk around Central Croydon, documenting how nature persists in Croydon’s inhospitable built environment, using photography and drawing, and sharing memories of these spaces.

We’ll explore how important nature is to not only biodiversity but to local historical & personal narratives, as well as wellbeing, making connections between ourselves and our lives and that of the natural world.

We’ll then regroup over a shared lunch to discuss, write, draw & collaborate on a zine (self-published magazine) documenting our observations.

Free sketchbooks and a shared lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

This event is part of This is Croydon, London Borough of Culture. London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative, with support from Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.


  • To help us support you best, please let us know if you have any access needs when booking.
  • This workshop will involve some reading and writing. If you need support, just let us know.
  • For access info about getting to Turf and the Turf space, click here.


Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.
  • Attend wherever possible: In 2023, around 30% of people booking free tickets didn’t turn up! Our free tickets are limited and in high demand. Every person who doesn’t turn up means someone else can’t attend, so please let us know if you can’t make it to free up a space. If you don’t attend twice or more without letting us know, you may be restricted from booking again.

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