CREOS is a voluntary group set up to preserve Crouch End Open Space for the enjoyment of all. This area is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and a vital green corridor for North London’s wildlife.

What We Do

Development Threats

Development Threats

The original society was dissolved when the threat receded, but was revived in 1984 as CREOS (Crouch End Open Space) after a further threat. 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!

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.

You can see a timeline showing the full history of CREOS and our achievements here >>

Conservation & Care

Conservation & Management

Following our conservation management plan we maintain the woodland and meadow to promote healthy development of the trees and ground flora to improve their ecological quality and to boost biodiversity. We have planted a new coppice and hedgerows as well as being custodians for long established veteran oaks.

To keep the space accessible for all and in all weathers we actively maintain paths, cut back undergrowth and invasive vegetation, remove litter and strim the meadow.

This all takes plenty of effort from our volunteer teams on our regular monthly workdays. Our working days are not just a good way to engage with some active local conservation but a great way to get some fresh air and exercise.

Find out more about our workdays and how to participate here >>

Please join us

Become a member of CREOS (Crouch End Open Space). It is only £10 annually (£15 for a whole family). Your subscription will make a real difference and enable CREOS to maintain, improve and protect the unique character of this area for us all to enjoy.

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