Latest news from the Rec

Read the latest stories and updates about the work of the Friends of Conway Rec, including upcoming Work Days.

A magic circle of mushrooms

August 8, 2017

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…

Shear bliss!

August 6, 2017

Some good news on the funding front – we’ve just received word that the Friends of Conway Rec have been awarded a grant of £550 from the Enfield Parks Department’s Friends’ Fund. We hear too that the number of applications received from Friends’ groups was larger than previously and the quality of submissions was higher.…

Work Day report: July 16, 2017

August 6, 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…

Work Day report, June 5, 2017

June 18, 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,…

So what plants are in the new hedge?

June 18, 2017

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…

Planting in the Rec: future plans

June 18, 2017

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…

Big Lunch: coming soon to a park (very) near you

May 25, 2017

A lovely date for your diary – this year’s Big Lunch in Conway Rec takes place on Sunday, June 18. Join friends and neighbours for a picnic in the Rec during Southgate Civic Week. Sit on the grass, view the pond, spot birds, bees, plants and butterflies and enjoy: lunch any time from 12.30pm entertainment…

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

May 5, 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…

Hedge Heaven: March 2017 Work Day report

April 3, 2017

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…

Action stations!

March 16, 2017

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…

Shed news! Conway Rec scoops new Friends Fund money

February 28, 2017

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…

Hedge news and Work Day report – February 2017

February 28, 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…