Vegetation around the park has been trimmed. 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 … Continue reading Autumn and winter maintenance and planting at Crabtree Fields
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 … Continue reading Ten beech trees planted in Crabtree Fields this autumn
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 … Continue reading Repairs and maintenance at Crabtree Fields this autumn and winter
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 … Continue reading This is why park hedges should not be cut in the spring and summer months
The first of our small blackthorn trees is blossoming in Crabtree Fields, adding to the variety of plants to support wildlife. Blackthorn, also known as sloe, is a small deciduous tree native to the UK and most of Europe. Because it is early flowering it provides a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees. … Continue reading Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossoms in Crabtree Fields
"Why are there piles of dead leaves and bits of plants left on the ground? It makes the park look untidy. Can't you take them away?" This is a question someone asked us recently, and there is a simple answer. Removing the fallen leaves and cuttings from garden maintenance requires someone to bag them them … Continue reading Why are there piles of leaves and clippings left on the ground in Whitfield Gardens?
"By the time London was first colonised by people, it would have been covered by oak and hornbeam woodland," says the London Wildlife Trust. Yet there are no oaks or hornbeams in Fitzrovia's public open spaces... until this month. Now the Friends have planted saplings of English oak and hornbeam along with other native trees … Continue reading Oaks and hornbeams make a return in Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree Fields