London's Parks and Green Spaces

Happy Valley and Farthing Downs

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Happy Valley Park is in Coulsdon, South London. Located in the Green Belt, most of it forms part of the Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a steeply sided valley with large areas of grassland and wooded slopes. Devilsden Wood on the western side has a canopy of ash, oak and hazel. Trees such as midland hawthorn and plants such as sweet woodruff are characteristic of ancient woodlands.

Adjoining it is Farthing Downs, a scheduled ancient monument. It is a long strip of grassland on top of a low ridge with pockets of ancient woodland, which narrows to a point at the northern end. It is the most extensive area of semi-natural downland left in Greater London. Its consists of chalk and natural grasslands.

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