Latest news from the Rec

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

Grant applications: update

October 20, 2016

As you’ll see from our Grants and awards section, we are always looking for opportunities to apply for additional funding to help us to maintain and upgrade the Rec for all to enjoy. Over the years, we’ve been quite successful in this, with very valuable contributions from Briffa, the Postcode Trust, the Friends’ Fund and…

Check out the new website

October 20, 2016

The Friends of Conway Rec website has recently been filled with lots more new content and updated with a swanky new design. Our crack team of writers have added more detail on everything from the Rec’s flora and fauna, to the history of the area, to the projects and grants that have got us where…

Reminder for dog owners: please avoid the middle path by the clubhouse

October 20, 2016

Please can all dog owners avoid taking their dogs through the gate by the tennis clubhouse? This area leads into the dog-free zone. As children play and picnic on the grass and parents sit on the benches next to waste bins, we aim to keep the central zone free of any kind of dog waste,…

Next Work Day: Sunday, 23 October, 2016

October 20, 2016

Thanks to all who made it to the last Work Day to work in and on the Rec. We had an especially strong team of younger members, each of whom made a notable contribution. Two bags of litter and a massive pile of compost bear testament to their efforts. Otherwise, wild flowers were (very largely)…

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Have you read our information panels yet?

October 20, 2016

We’ve been delighted to be still receiving so much positive feedback for the four information panels that we installed in the Rec last year. Even now, months on from their launch, we often see people stopping to study the panels for the first time, and the kind comments keep on coming. The panels are actually…

2015 – A busy year

February 10, 2016

2015 has been a busy year for upgrading some well-worn features of our park. Early in the year, the wooden fence at the pond end of the Rec was replaced and we’re grateful to the Parks Team for supporting this work. From mid-summer to mid-autumn, you won’t have failed to notice a major project of…

Paying our way

May 22, 2014

We were fortunate to receive a grant from Biffa last year. The money helped us renew and secure the pond-edge, and buy native flowers, shrubs and trees. We’ll apply for a further grant to build on what’s been achieved. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, the Friends can offer planning, motivation and muscle power, but some…

Egyptian Goose

Islands in the sun

May 22, 2014

Egyptian Geese continue to grace us with an occasional visit to the Rec. They (a kind of duck, really) also visit Broomfield and Grovelands – and may just come from a central London park rather than Egypt direct! Mallards nested and are now busy showing their large family of ducklings around the Rec – sometimes…

Activity Report May 2014

May 22, 2014

In the Autumn, box hedging was planted behind the railing along Conway Road to soften a rather harsh area. On our March Activity Day, Enfield’s Conservation Volunteers joined us. These hard workers helped us remove some leylandii hedge around the tennis courts: we’ll replace it in steps with native shrubs. The Volunteers also planted a…

A bumble bee enjoying the crocus pollen in Conway rec, North London

Some planting stories

May 22, 2014

We added 160 more daffs and 500 crocuses in October 2012 This year, we bought and planted a range of large trees – including hawthorn, wild cherry, mountain ash and spindle tree – all of which provide blossom, autumn leaf colour and berries – plus several shrubs for winter bark colour. To the 500 daffodils…

A request to dog walkers

May 1, 2014

Lots of children and families enjoy the Rec. It’s great, too, for dog-owners to have a small park to enjoy. Many take great care to clean up after their pets and ensure they don’t disturb the water birds. It’s important that the pond and its immediate surroundings remain free from dog mess and urine, so…