Celebrating Joan Pick’s Legacy

6th Mar 2024 - Eastern junction of Bisenden Road and Addiscombe Road, CR0 6SE

Celebrate the life of Joan Pick, the ‘Croydon running lady’ who was a dedicated sustainability campaigner in East Croydon

You are invited to a special event to celebrate our neighbour Joan Pick (1940-2017), the tenacious and dedicated campaigner for sustainable economic policies who gave outstanding service to the East Croydon community in which she lived for the last fifty years of her life. Joan was a familiar sight across our borough, becoming known as “the running lady” as she was described by children as she breathlessly brushed past them. She mothballed her car in 1972, and in the remaining 45 years of her life she used motorised transport twice and only on those two occasions when extreme circumstances necessitated. She tried to avoid any use of gas, electricity or oil.

In June 2017, ECCO arranged for a lime tree to be planted in memory of Joan in the Bisenden bed, the planted area at the eastern junction of Bisenden Road and Addiscombe Road. The tree is thriving. The plan then was to install a wood-turned plaque to celebrate her life and work. Happily, the plaque will be put in place at this special event.

  • 10:30 – 11 am Children of Tunstall Nursery and residents and staff from Peony Court care home will plant seasonal plants in the Bisenden bed.
  • 11 – 11:15 am The life and legacy of Joan Pick – ECCO Steering Group, and Tunstall Nursery. The installation of a wood-turned plaque commemorating the life and work of Joan Pick (details to follow).

This event has been organised by ECCO, and funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. If you would like further information about the event or about Joan, or have memories to share of Joan, you are welcome to contact Jerry at


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