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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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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

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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

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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