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 … Continue reading Snowdrops, daffodils and a new hawthorn tree in Crabtree Fields

Those wildflowers that didn’t die in June’s drought are now starting to bloom. But please don’t pick them

Pictured is the second of our corncockle flowers to bloom as part of our Grow Wild project supported by Kew Gardens. The first to bloom was on Friday morning and was promptly stolen by the afternoon. A shame because around 90 percent of the wildflowers we planted died in early June due to the dry … Continue reading Those wildflowers that didn’t die in June’s drought are now starting to bloom. But please don’t pick them

Some colour and some scented wildlife-friendly additions to Whitfield Gardens

Our Saturday morning gardening club has been busy over the last two Saturdays cleaning and planting in Whitfield Gardens. Our main aim has been to plant native shrubs and wildflowers but we've also added a few cheap and cheerful plants to give the gardens a bit of instant colour. We've added ten different types of … Continue reading Some colour and some scented wildlife-friendly additions to Whitfield Gardens

Why are there piles of leaves and clippings left on the ground in Whitfield Gardens?

"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?

Join our Saturday morning gardening club this summer

Volunteers from the Friends group will be getting together for an hour each Saturday morning starting this month to clean, trim and water Whitfield Gardens on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Tottenham Street. The gardens have suffered from neglect and vandalism but recently due to the efforts of the Friends group the heavily … Continue reading Join our Saturday morning gardening club this summer

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 … Continue reading Saturday morning clean up and wildflower planting in Whitfield Gardens

Oaks and hornbeams make a return in Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree Fields

"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

Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in Whitfield Gardens

Spotted around 8am this morning in Whitfield Gardens was this grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Maybe not seen before in Whitfield Gardens but many have been spotted in Fitzroy Square to the north. Squirrels make a rough nest, called a 'drey', of twigs, leaves and strips of bark in the fork of a branch, high in … Continue reading Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in Whitfield Gardens

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 … Continue reading Native hedge planting in Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree Fields