Committee & AGM
The committee meets regularly, and every spring we hold an Annual General Meeting. Membership is open to everyone who shares our concern to maintain the area and ensure that it survives for the enjoyment of future generations.
Glenys Law (Chair)
Julian Sherwood (Treasurer)
Paul Secher (Secretary)
Alys Elphick (Membership)
CREOS Annual General Meeting
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 13 June 2022 at All Saints Church Hall , N6 4QH
15 Members were present, on a very warm evening.
- Apologies for absence: Emma, Sue, Alison Johnson, Alys, Peter Barber
- Minutes of the last AGM, 24 May 2021 [Zoom]: approved without amendment.
- Chair’s Report: Glenys presented the Chair’s Report. Each Member was given a copy of the full report, which is available on this website.
Questions to Glenys covered Hornsey CC proposed development; increased footfall during the 2-year Covid period; affiliation to London-wide conservation bodies; London Natural History Society; and ‘Fields in Trust’.
- Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Julian and approved. It showed an increase in income from £3720.29 to £8715.86. Total expenditure up from £8604.51 to £9299.37. End of year balance up from £8605.51 to £9300.37. Julian indicated that he would be retiring from the role of Treasurer with effect from 1 April 2023 and therefore we need to identify a suitable person to replace Julian as soon as possible. Julian was thanked for his prodigious work as Treasurer, over a period of 28 years. In spite of significantly increased expenditure during the past year, our finances remain in a very healthy state.
- Election of Officers and Committee Members: All Committee Members were re-elected, en bloc. The three Officers of CREOS were re-elected, en bloc. Nico Artola was co-opted onto the Committee.
- Guest speaker: Professor Jeffrey G Duckett delivered a fascinating talk under the heading: ‘What does CREOS tell us about London’s Botanical History?’ This was followed by a number of questions to Prof Duckett. We hope to circulate a summary of Prof Duckett’s talk in the near future. Key points in the presentation included: what we learn from peat cores; Kenwood bog; oak forest [350 years old]; remnant of ancient woodland; hornbeam [oldest trees]; danger by Norwegian maple; increasingly invasive sycamores; mosses and lichens killed off by the industrial revolution but now proliferating; Clean Air Acts; rotivation of meadow; Boundary oaks; Need to draw up a bird list. Prof Duckett was warmly thanked by the Chair.
- AOB: A vote of thanks was proposed to the Officers and Committee. Carried.
Recent Chair’s Reports
Chair’s report 2022
It’s no exaggeration to say that the past year has been transformational for the CREOS Open Space.
Chair’s Report 2020 & 2021
Due to the COVID pandemic there was no CREOS AGM in 2020. This report therefore covers two years. Many of the regular CREOS events could not take place. Due to government restrictions, even workdays were cancelled for several months.
Chair’s Report 2019
It is very satisfying to be able to report that this year 2019 has been all about increasing biodiversity on the CREOS site. Within the space of one year the new management plan has been prepared, presented and also largely implemented!
CREOS Chair’s Report 2018
This has been a busy year for CREOS, with a focus on both maintaining and improving the site. Workday volunteers, with the help of TCV, managed to keep the footpaths in good repair