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

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

We’ve had a donation of plants for Whitfield Gardens from an allotment

Martin who works in Fitzrovia has an allotment near Heathrow has very kindly donated some plants for us. They are perennial wildflowers: betony, primrose, cowslip and wild strawberry. We'll be putting most of these next to our native hedge which we planted this week. We'll be holding regular community gardening sessions at Whitfield Gardens this … Continue reading We’ve had a donation of plants for Whitfield Gardens from an allotment

Wildflower planting at Whitfield Gardens, Saturday 7 April 2018

Following up from our winter planting, we have been successful with an application for native wildflower seeds which Camden parks are encouraging Friends’ groups to get involved with. Come and join our planting morning this Saturday when we'll be sowing five collections of wildflower seeds in an area of Whitfield Gardens that we've specially prepared. Field Flowers: … Continue reading Wildflower planting at Whitfield Gardens, Saturday 7 April 2018

We are looking forward to using our Grow Wild seed kit

We are bouncing up and down with excitement as we've just received in the post our Grow Wild seed kit from Kew Gardens, ready to sow native wildflowers in Whitfield Gardens. The seed kit was the result of a successful application to improve part of one of Fitzrovia's open spaces. There are five different collections … Continue reading We are looking forward to using our Grow Wild seed kit