Work begins on Croydon's 'Pocket Park'
Work has begun on the first of the Mayor of London's 100 pocket parks.
The £2bn scheme aims to transform underused urban spaces and Croydon has received £40,000 funding from City Hall.
A new natural play space, plants, seating and a heritage trail through the Old Town, will be created around St John's Memorial Garden.
The trail will lead visitors past the borough's most significant buildings and will either pass or finish at the memorial gardens.
London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: "London is already an incredible place to live, but by making the most of our small forgotten outdoor spaces and providing trees, greenery and meeting places the fantastic quality of life here can still be improved upon.
"Through these mini transformations we can make Croydon an even better place to live in, to work in and to invest in."
All pocket parks are due to finished by March 2015.