Nature Notes

Work day reports November – December 2018

Thanks to the sturdy crew who made it to the Rec on Sunday, November 11: an exclusive group showing all the talents that have given the Rec its international reputation. We cleared the pond of surface debris, mowed the overgrown edges, barrowed the compost and green waste to their respective piles, clipped and cleared some…

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The Rec in Winter

The recent snow at the end of February gives us an excuse to post these pictures, taken at the last whiteout towards the beginning of December 2017.      

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2018 events in Enfield’s parks and green spaces

Happy New Year to all Friends of Conway Rec – neighbours, volunteers, partners and supporters. If you fancy walking off any hints of over-indulgence, here’s an update on what’s happening in our local parks. Why not take the air? We look forward to another year of growth and improvement in Conway Rec. If you’d like…

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Work Day report, October 15, 2017

  Another excellent turnout, a cracking day for it – and so much got done: digging, planting, flowerbed-shaping, sweeping, booming, composting, pruning, weeding, strimming and tidying – not to mention hot drink and pastry consumption.   Thanks so much for everyone’s sterling efforts – we missed regular Friends with other commitments on the day, but…

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A magic circle of mushrooms

Spotted in the Rec recently – this magic circle of horse mushrooms. They’re apparently edible (don’t quote us on this though), but best not to try as dogs in that part of the park will have have contributed to their nurture. Still, a very pretty, fleeting August sight…

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So what plants are in the new hedge?

Our new evergreen hedge is taking shape nicely. Here’s a rundown of the key shrubs that we’ve planted… Griselinia littoralis (Family: Griseliniaceae) ·        G. littoralis is a fast-growing, large, upright evergreen shrub with light green, broadly oval leaves. Flowers are yellow-green, very small, followed by purple fruits on female plants, where both sexes are grown…

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Planting in the Rec: future plans

From the green telephone box on the paved path to the metal railings at the other end of the tennis courts, we’re working on an informal hedge including flowering shrubs, such as escallonia, myrtle (above) and viburnum tinus. Much of the preparation and planting has now been done, and a weed-retardant strip with mulch is…

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Action stations!

Spring has sprung and the natives are getting restless… These new nature notes come courtesy of our very own ‘Funny Tern’… As skies lighten and buds burst, so the smaller residents of the Rec get busy. Romance is clearly on the mind of our moorhens and mallards, with some pairs bonded while tetchy bachelors continue…

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2017 events in Enfield’s parks and green spaces

As someone who appreciates your local green space, we thought you might be interested in this official list of events taking place in Enfield’s parks over 2017. From dog training to Easter Egg hunts to the Jane Austen weekend at Forty Hall, there’s a wide range of things to get involved in, all on your…

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Barley booms – the what and the why

Barley Boom making at Conway Rec

You may have noticed the floating bags of straw at one end of the pond. These barley booms play an important role in maintaining the Rec’s natural balance. Here’s why… Lakes and ponds can suffer during the summer months from the growth of algae. This is encouraged by sunshine and excessive nutrients in the water,…

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