Author Archives: Linus Rees

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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Red campion flowers in a Whitfield Street tree pit

This native British wildflower, Red campion (Silene dioica), is flowering in a tree pit in Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia. This flower is one of a number of important pollinators and although not often seen on the streets of London is quite … Continue reading

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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossoms in Crabtree Fields

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 … Continue reading

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