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Summer Event - Sunday 9th July

We held our summer event in the meadow on the afternoon of Sunday 9th July. Gregor Grant and his band provided live music as everyone enjoyed the fine weather together with picnics and barbecued food. The dogs also enjoyed competing. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the event a great success.

 

Volunteer Saturday

Many thanks to the volunteers from HOPE International, a local church group, who turned out on July 1st to help maintain the CREOS site. Much litter was cleared up, and the pathways were cleared of overgrowth.

 

2017 AGM

The CREOS AGM was held on Thursday 18th May at the Hanley Tennis Club. Our guest speaker was Jane Clarke from the London Wildlife Trust. Jane presented an illustrated talk about the work of the Trust, with particular emphasis on the capital’s rivers, streams, ponds, canals, ditches and wetlands. She provided some detail on a current campaign entitled ‘Dragonfly Detectives’, which seeks to identify, record and photograph Dragonflies and Damselflies throughout the capital.  Following her talk Jane answered a number of questions from the audience. Glenys thanked Jane on behalf of CREOS and presented her with a token of our appreciation. Following the guest speaker the Chair and Treasurer presented their annual reports, and the Secretary presided over the election of the committee. This year Brian Torfeh decided to stand down from the committee and Alice Shaell was elected in his place. All other members of the committee were re-elected. Finally members enjoyed socialising over wine and nibbles.

 

Christmas party

CREOS members enjoyed their annual Christmas party on 11th December. It was a good opportunity to meet and celebrate the achievements of the past year over a glass of wine and buffet lunch.

 

TCV Volunteers

Many thanks to TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) for organising a number of volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland to help maintain the CREOS area. In particular they have been doing the heavy work of digging drainage channels and re-laying railway sleepers over the muddy section of the lower path. We have also done some work to improve the drainage in the meadow.

 

Japanese Knotweed

We are continuing the programme to eradicate the Japanese knotweed that has appeared at the NE corner of the meadow. This involves regular spraying and we have placed warning tape near the area affected. It is a difficult task as the knotweed is highly resilient, and it will take some time to complete successfully.

 

New Access Path

A new pedestrian path has been established from the car park by the Hanley Club to the alleyway, with the assistance of a grant from Haringey Council. So it is no longer necessary to squeeze through the gap at the end of the railings!

 

The Woodland Walk

The Woodland Walk is now complete and extends into Queen's Wood, joining up with the existing path to Priory Gardens. This path was commissioned from Steve Hooper Design and Landscapes who did an excellent job despite battling with the worst rainfall in recent history. The path was funded by a grant from the Mayor of London's office, under their Re-Leaf scheme, by Awards for All Lottery funding, London Borough of Haringey and by the generosity of CREOS members.

 

Summer party in the meadow

Champion dog

Spring robin

Snake's head fritillary

The Hanley path

Woodland walk