There has been a persistent problem with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) in the CREOS area. It is pleasing to report that this is now well on the way to eradication.
The hornbeam is one of the most versatile British trees. Freestanding mature specimens, with their characteristic conical crowns, have considerable amenity value, whilst the wood, the hardest of any tree in Europe, provides valuable timber for furniture.
The night of December 11th saw our first snowfall of the winter, and the cold temperature meant that the snow stayed on the ground for a week.
Three years ago we established an experimental wildflower meadow along the western edge of the school playing field. Now the meadow is established and continues to bloom in the summer, providing colour as well as attracting bees and butterflies, and of course local passers-by.
Cyclamen enthusiasts once had to travel to Mediterranean shores to find this hardy plant growing in the wild, but now this beautiful little flower is thriving in its location off the CREOS Lower Path and getting more abundant every year.
They may be small in stature, but mosses and liverworts greatly enhance the beauty and biological interest of just about everywhere in London from roadside trees, garden walls and paths. They are also some of the best biological indicators of air quality and climate.
A snake's head fritillary poking through the grass in the CREOS meadow
One thing the pandemic has made us all appreciate is the importance of nature and it seems that for many of us trees are the embodiment of this.
Here's a male Large Red Damselfly spotted in the CREOS meadow.