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.
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
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
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
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.