Our Work

Work Day report: November 27, 2017

Thanks to all who pitched in for another successful Work Day. Some serious progress was made in the wilder regions behind court 5 and, following plan B, a substantial cleared area was covered with sheeting to discourage new growth that would compete in an unwelcome way with the trees we hope to plant there. The…

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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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Work Day report: July 16, 2017

Thanks to all who pitched in for another successful Work Day. We had 5 Enfield Conservation Volunteers, and at least a dozen others! Here are some of the things we got done… • It took 7 workers to re-weed the new hedge that had not had the weed control fabric put down a month ago…

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Work Day report, June 5, 2017

Once again the sun smiled on our forks, spades, knee-pads and bald spots. We were a select bunch this morning, with several of our workers having a range of other half-term commitments, but we still managed to get lots done. Massive thanks, as always to the sterling efforts of John and five Enfield Conservation Volunteers,…

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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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Hedge-tastic! Work Day report, April 23, 2017

As you know, we’ve been prioritising the replacing of the leylandii trees around the tennis courts with more attractive native hedging plants, such as yew. After extensive clearing, digging and grinding last times out, the ground was at last ready for planting. And now, after a momentous day’s graft, we now have the bulk of…

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Hedge Heaven: March 2017 Work Day report

Many thanks to all who joined our March Work Day, and especially the Enfield Conservation Volunteers, who once again lent their horticultural expertise and boundless energy to our cause. We got lots done! We have now cleared all the Leylandii and prepared much of the ground for planting. This means we are well on track…

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Shed news! Conway Rec scoops new Friends Fund money

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just been awarded £600 from the Friends’ Fund run by Enfield Council. The money will go towards an additional and much-needed storage shed behind the clubhouse, where we can safely stow our mowers and bigger tools. The Friends Fund initiative has been running for a few years and is…

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Hedge news and Work Day report – February 2017

Next time you visit the Rec you’ll see that huge progress has been made towards replacing the leylandii trees around the tennis courts with more attractive native hedging plants, such as yew. Thanks to a superhuman effort from a 17-strong band of volunteers – seventeen! – we turned the old hedge into a pristine line of…

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