Crouch End Open Space

About us

The survival of this varied green space owes much to its historic use for sport. However, being situated in one of the most desirable areas of north London has its own problems. Plans threatening to build on the fields in the 1970s revived a keen interest in ensuring their original use, leading to the creation in 1973 of the Crouch End Playing Fields Protection Society.  

Past threats

The society was dissolved when the threat receded, but was revived in 1984 as CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) after a further threat. (See timeline showing the full history of CREOS and a list of our achievements.) Largely as a result of our predecessors' efforts, the protected planning status of 'Metropolitan Open Land' (MOL) was achieved in 1984. MOL has been defined as having the equivalent of Green Belt status and special controls exist which are intended to prevent unsuitable development on it. That does not mean that the fields are safe however – developers and sports clubs have regularly tested MOL definitions and procedures!  

What we are doing now

One of CREOS's main functions is to monitor such potential threats and carry out all the necessary lobbying to ensure that the essential character and function of the area is conserved. We are a small, friendly group and would like to increase our membership so that we can have more influence on the future of the environment and get more done. (See our Spring 2012 Newsletter for an article by Haringey's conservation officer on the importance of open spaces.)   

CREOS publishes regular newsletters (see Resources) and organises occasional social events and nature walks, the annual Christmas party being especially popular!  

 The committee meets monthly, and every spring there is an Annual General Meeting. Membership is open to everyone sharing our concern to maintain the area and ensure that it survives for the enjoyment of future generations.      

Working groups

We particularly need more active members to join the working groups. Members and supporters hold working parties that meet at 11am in the meadow (see Location) on the third Sunday of each month (except January and December). These are great for community spirit, ideal for anyone wishing to keep fit in the open air and rewarded with a free picnic lunch.

Past achievements have included the installation of three benches for peaceful relaxation in the meadow and the creation of a wildlife garden – saplings of trees such as alder buckthorn and buddleia were planted to attract butterflies.

We maintain paths, cut back undergrowth and invasive vegetation, remove litter, strim the meadow and arrange for new planting. You are advised to wear outdoor clothing, boots and bring gardening gloves.            

For more information on what we do, see our newsletters and and Chairman's report on the Resources page

Please either send us an email or fill in the membership form available as a download from the Resources page.


Join in!

Our working days are not just a good way to get some fresh air... Its a fun way to meet some people in our area and get into a rural atmosphere for a short time. As well as excellent exercise and a sociable lunch.

The days you can join in are shown here.