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.

Hedges and shrubs in front of mural.

A difficult to get at area at the foot of the Fitzrovia Mural was given a spring clean ahead of planting native wildflowers to help pollinators, and to give a colourful display this summer.

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 Mural.

We used rakes and shovels to clear away some difficult to get at rubbish. It’s not a perfect job — we’d need a vacuum cleaner for all the fag butts — but it looks better than it did before.

The Friends also tried out Camden Council’s Clean Camden app to get dumped objects removed. We had mixed results as two contractors are responsible for Whitfield Gardens and so some reports had to be passed on and the rubbish removed later.

After the clean up the Friends planted wildflowers: Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis), Corn Cockle (Agrostemma githago), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Corn Marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum), and Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas). These support bees, butterflies and other pollinators and are recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as “Perfect for Pollinators”. They will give attractive display from late May through to October.

If you want to join our regular clean up and planting days, please contact us and we’ll keep you informed.

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