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

Meeting: Friends of Fitzrovia Parks, 6.30pm Thursday 5 April 2018

There will be a meeting of the Friends of Fitzrovia Parks at 6.30pm Thursday 5 April at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX.  We will be discussing Whitfield Gardens and Crabtree fields. We'll also have an update on the planned new park at Alfred Place. If you are not able to attend … Continue reading Meeting: Friends of Fitzrovia Parks, 6.30pm Thursday 5 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

Catkins blossom on a hazel tree next to the Fitzrovia Mural at Whitfield Gardens

As we approach mid-February catkins can be seen hanging from a hazel tree on Tottenham Street next to the Fitzrovia Mural in Whitfield Gardens public open space. Hazel has both male and female flowers on the same tree, although hazel flowers must be pollinated by pollen from other hazel trees. The yellow male catkins appear … Continue reading Catkins blossom on a hazel tree next to the Fitzrovia Mural at Whitfield Gardens

It’s mid-winter… but there are signs of spring in Whitfield Gardens

The days are short and the nights are still long but there are the first signs of spring in Fitzrovia's Whitfield Gardens. A clump of snowdrops have emerged from the cold soil and will be the first of the year's flowers to bloom. More snowdrops will be on their way followed by daffodils and other … Continue reading It’s mid-winter… but there are signs of spring in Whitfield Gardens

We’ve been planting daffodils, snowdrops, and other bulbs in Whitfield Gardens

The Friends group have been planting daffodils, snowdrops, tulips, hyacinths, and other bulbs in Whitfield Gardens this December, aiming to have flowers in bloom throughout the spring.  The bulbs were gratefully received thanks to a donation from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association in association with Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach as part of Bulbs for London 2017. … Continue reading We’ve been planting daffodils, snowdrops, and other bulbs in Whitfield Gardens