Author: Linus Rees

  • Pergola repairs and spring wildlife at Crabtree Fields

    Wisteria in bloom.

    Contractors working for Camden Council completed repairs to the pergola at Crabtree Fields earlier this month, in time for the main bird nesting season and before the wisteria (pictured) came into bloom. The Friends group had pressed Camden’s parks department for the past few years to make the repairs after the volunteers had had to […]

  • Tree planting December 2021 at Crabtree Fields

    This December we planted around a hundred trees to restore the hedges at Crabtree Fields. Saplings of hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel, and common oak were added to the park to increase greenery, improve biodiversity, provide a habitat for wildlife and enhance the appearance for the public park. The trees were provided free by […]

  • Repairs to children’s playground

    Children's playground at Crabtree Fields, Fitzrovia, London.

    Camden Council has closed the children’s playground at Crabtree Fields because parts of it are in need of repair. However, Camden says they want to remove and replace most of the equipment. “I write to inform you that we have been advised that wooden play features at Crabtree Fields have reached their end of life […]

  • Crabtree Fields closing times, autumn to winter 2021

    Crabtree Fields will open at 07:30 hours daily and close at the following times from September 2021 to January 2022. The opening and locking is done by Camden’s contractor idverde. MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 19.00 HRSMONDAY 04 OCTOBER 2021 18.30 HRSMONDAY 18 OCTOBER 2021 18.00 HRSMONDAY 25 OCTOBER 2021 17.30 HRSSUNDAY 31 OCTOBER 2021 16.30 […]

  • Autumn maintenance and planting at Crabtree Fields

    Now that the main nesting season is over we can start our programme of autumn maintenance and preparation for planting of trees at Crabtree Fields. The beech hedge has already been trimmed and the other hedges are due to be cut over the next few months. Camden’s contractor idverde is expected to trim the hedge […]

  • Rowan tree in blossom

    There aren’t many rowan trees in Fitzrovia but there are three in Crabtree Fields public park. Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) is native to Britain and is also known as mountain ash, witch wiggin tree, keirn, and cuirn, according to the Woodland Trust. In autumn red berries will ripen and provide a source of food for birds.

  • Spring blossom on a plum tree at Crabtree Fields

    Signs of spring are showing at Crabtree Fields: blossom on a plum tree, near the Colville Place gate. Plum (Prunus cerasifera) is one of the earliest trees to blossom in the park. It is native to southeast Europe and western Asia. It was introduced to Britain so long ago that it has become naturalised in […]

  • Over a hundred trees planted this autumn and winter at Crabtree Fields

    The Friends group have now completed our sessions of winter planting in Crabtree Fields. This past week we planted nearly 100 saplings, thanks to the The Conservation Volunteers Dig Trees’ scheme which supplied the trees. In November we planted 30 trees provided by the Woodland Trust. During this final session we planted a mix of […]

  • In flower: loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)

    If you take a wander through Crabtree Fields at the moment you may be lucky to smell the fragrant blossom of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). Native to China and widely grown in Japan it is often referred to as Japanese loquat. In Spain it is called nispero. It flowers in late autumn and early winter but […]

  • Thirty saplings for hedges planted in Crabtree Fields

    This morning we planted 30 saplings at Crabtree Fields to increase the density and amount of native hedgerows — including six crab apple trees. In all we planted six each of crab apple (Malus sylvestris), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), dog rose (Rosa canina), and hazel (Corylus avellana). They were supplied free of charge […]

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