Author Archives: Linus Rees

Hawthorn blossom in January at Crabtree Fields

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 … Continue reading

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Reusing Norway spruce to help nature conservation in Crabtree Fields

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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