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

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

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

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