Tag: biodiversity

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Snowdrops, daffodils and a new hawthorn tree in Crabtree Fields

    Spring is on its way in Fitzrovia’s open spaces. The Friends planted a number of different woodland-floor flowers last year and the first of those are blooming now. Snowdrops have been out for a couple of weeks and daffodils are starting to bloom. Expect to see more surprises popping up later this spring. Camden Council […]

  • Saturday morning clean up and wildflower planting in Whitfield Gardens

    Volunteers from the Friends group spent an hour cleaning and planting in one part of Whitfield Gardens this Saturday morning. The volunteers did a “community clean up” and worked with Camden Council’s contractors Veolia and idverde. On a rainy morning the Friends cleared a bin bag full of rubbish at the foot of the Fitzrovia […]

  • Native hedge planting in Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree Fields

    This month volunteers from the Friends group have been planting native hedges in Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree Fields to replace missing or damaged shrubs. In early April we planted around 50 bare root saplings: mostly blackthorn, with a mix of hawthorn, hazel, field maple, wild cherry and dog rose in two areas of Whitfield Gardens […]