Author: Linus Rees

  • Autumn and winter maintenance and planting at Crabtree Fields

    The Friends group and Camden’s contractor idverde have completed the first stage of the autumn and winter pruning of hedges at Crabtree Fields in readiness for planting of new trees and shrubs. The autumn trim will make it easier to sweep the hard surface areas. The vines on the pergola have been cut back so […]

  • Sightings of bats in Crabtree Fields

    Bats are roosting in or near to Crabtree Fields public open space and can be seen flying among the trees shortly after sunset. Three positive sightings of either common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) or soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) bats have been made during August. These two species of bat at the most common in the UK, […]

  • Children’s playground at Crabtree Fields closed until further notice

    Park sign.

    Camden Council has taken the decision to close children’s playgrounds across the borough due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From today the playground in Crabtree Fields is closed but the park will otherwise be open at the usual times. “During these times, the Council wants to ensure the safety of our residents, staff and our partners […]

  • Hawthorn blossom in January at Crabtree Fields

    A hawthorn tree in Crabtree Fields is already in blossom and it is only January.

    A hawthorn tree in Crabtree Fields is starting to blossom, yet it is only the first week of January. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) also known as the May tree after the month it normally blooms is a common sight in the hedgerows outside London. When in bloom it is usually at a time when spring is […]

  • Reusing Norway spruce to help nature conservation in Crabtree Fields

    Deadwood area.

    The Friends group made light work on Saturday morning of a couple of discarded Christmas trees left on the pavement outside Crabtree Fields public open space. Twenty minutes with a pair of pruning loppers and a handsaw, and the abandoned festive decoration was ready to be upcycled as deadwood to support insects. The Christmas tree […]

  • Ten beech trees planted in Crabtree Fields this autumn

    The Friends group have planted ten beech trees at Crabtree Fields public open space, to restore the hedge that surrounds the eastern border of the park. The beech saplings, which are about five years old, were all planted by volunteers in November. They were bought from a nursery in Kent and paid for by a […]

  • Please keep away from fenced-off area in Crabtree Fields until repair is complete

    Visitors to Crabtree Fields public open space are advised to keep away from the fenced off area under the pergola until repairs and urgent maintenance is completed. The area affected has been marked off with hazard tape. The Friends group have completed a small repair and put the hazard tape up to make the area […]

  • Fungi pop up in Crabtree Fields

    Quite a lot of fungi has emerged out of the ground in Crabtree Fields this week after all the rain. The visible part of fungi is the mushroom or toadstool and is the fruit of the underlying mycelium, a system of fine threads that stretches out beneath the mushroom in search of water and food. […]

  • Repairs and maintenance at Crabtree Fields this autumn and winter

    The Friends group have asked Camden parks’ department to make a repair to the pergola at Crabtree Fields after a section of timber broke on Friday 11 October. The Friends group fenced off the area under the pergola and alerted Camden to carry out an urgent repair. The Friends have identified further repairs where sections […]

  • This is why park hedges should not be cut in the spring and summer months

    Farmers are not allowed to cut hedges between 1 March and 31 August to protect the habitat of nesting birds. The same guidance should be applied to public parks in our cities, yet all too often it is ignored. Using machinery such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers can disrupt the habitat, disturbing nests. Birds […]