Latest news from the Rec

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

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…

Date for your diary: Next Work Day is March 19, 2017

February 15, 2017

We can now confirm that the next Work Day in Conway Rec will be Sunday, March 19. We’ll be joined by the horticultural might of the Enfield Conservation Volunteers, so we’re hoping to get lots done. If you can spare a half hour or more, we’d love to see you there – no tools or special…

2017 events in Enfield’s parks and green spaces

February 2, 2017

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…

Work Day update December 2016

December 8, 2016

A big thank you to all those sturdy souls who turned out on a frosty morning (and afternoon) last Sunday to help in the Rec. While brilliantly sunny, it was a mite nippy… Though the earth was a tad resistant to the spade, holes for the new hedge trees were dug precisely to regulation depth and…