Category Archives: Crabtree Fields

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

Posted in Crabtree Fields, News | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Crabtree Fields, News | Tagged , , ,

Trimming the beech hedge at Crabtree Fields

Friends have this winter trimmed the large beech hedge in Crabtree Fields. We reduced the height of the hedge by about 30 cm and gave the sides a light trim to encourage thickness. Volunteers used hand tools and the work … Continue reading

Posted in Crabtree Fields, News | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Crabtree Fields, News | Tagged ,

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Crabtree Fields, News, Whitfield Gardens | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment