Nature

24 January 2015

Network Rail have written to people living adjacent to the railway line in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill to notify them that work to create a vegetation-free strip of land on either side of the line will start on 9th February and continue until 20th March. The work will involve clearing trees and other vegetation on both sides of the track so that there are no branches within 3.5 metres of the railway overhead power lines. This is to make a strip of between 6 and 7 metres wide for the safe.......

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09 January 2015

A project to create an attractive wetlands habitat from a previously underused green space has been shortlisted for support from the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund. Firs Farm, the open space to the south of Firs Lane on the Winchmore Hill/Edmonton border, has up to now  been associated mainly with football pitches and dog walking (though earlier in its history it was used as a shelter for prisoners of war).  However, its transformation is already under way, thanks to collaboration.......

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01 November 2014

Southgate District Civic Trust and Enfield Grammar School are combining to place a local blue plaque on the house where pioneer wildlife photographer Oliver Pike (1877-1963) lived with his family from 1882 to 1914, 96 Green Dragon Lane in Winchmore Hill, which was the location for his early natural history photographs and books. The plaque will be unveiled on 16 November 2014 at 2pm by two of Oliver Pike’s grandsons, Jonathan and Richard Dollimore. Oliver Pike was probably the first.......

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27 July 2014

Woodcroft Wildspace is in Winchmore Hill but it is not just for the benefit of residents of that area. The wildspace is for everyone to enjoy. It is a place where people can bring their children to learn about nature - insects, birds, small mammals, pond life, plants and trees in a natural habitat. This is especially beneficial for those who do not have the luxury of their own garden. Everyone is invited to come along and both help the series of projects we have in action as well as to see the.......

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10 July 2014

This Sunday's Super Summer Sunday at Woodcroft Wildspace will feature a huge range of events and stalls to suit all tastes and ages. In the Entertainment Arena: Signature Sounds Daytime Disco Musical Mummies Chasamba Dance Exercise Maria Evangelou Woodcroft Quartet That Blue Patch That Swing Singer Photo Booth Fun Eco Gym Demo Organic Gardening Question Time In the Kids' Corner: Tatty Bumpkin (yoga) Music Bugs Kids' Orienteering Little Treasures Workshop Plus Food, Craft.......

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24 May 2014

Fox Lane and District Residents' Association are asking residents to object to an application to fell a large oak tree which is protected by a Tree Preservation Order. The tree (see photograph) is on land between the railway line and Caversham Avenue where the developers Sherrygreen are currently building new flats and houses. For more information, visit the Fox Lane website........

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19 December 2013

Woodcroft Wildspace volunteer teams are continuing work to improve the former sports ground in Winchmore Hill which they have been converting into an area where people can take pleasure in nature, as well as learning about insects, birds, small mammals, pond life, plants and trees. The Friends of Woodcroft Wildspace have been in existence since 2003 and now number 1000 members. Since 2004 they have been gradually working towards the plan shown on the map. Last year the future continuation of.......

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12 November 2013

has begun to try to secure the future of the 800-year-old Minchenden Oak, which forms the centrepiece of the Minchenden Oak Garden in Waterfall Road, Southgate. The Minchenden Oak dates from the time of the ancient Forest of Middlesex and is one of the oldest in Greater London. In the 19th Century it was reported to be the largest oak in the UK. However, it has begun to subside recently and because of its size and proximity to homes, Enfield Council commissioned independent tree experts to.......

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07 November 2013

Next weekend there is a rare opportunity to help create a new hedgerow of native plants in the rural depths of Palmers Green - to be precise, in Broomfield Park alongside Aldermans Hill and Powys Lane.  The work is being carried out by volunteers from the Friends of Broomfield Park, who have been given 420 "whips" - young bareroot saplings - by the Woodland Trust.  The volunteers will be planting eight types of tree - Elder, Hazel, Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Crab Apple, Birch, Rowan and.......

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28 September 2013

A conservation group has expressed concern about Network Rail's planned tree removals alongside the railway in Palmers Green, which is due to begin on Monday 30th September (this this earlier report). Colin Younger, Chair of the Lakes Estate Conservation Area Study Group, has written to Network Rail to express the Group's worries that the "attention" to "more sycamore trees" which the rail company say is needed might lead to wholesale removal of tree cover, as has happened along other sections.......

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25 September 2013

Network Rail are to carry out work on trees on railway land in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill.  The work, to  be carried out between 30th September and 11th October, will affect "approximately 10-12 trees" which have been identified by an arboricultural survey as dead, diseased or dying. The approximate locations of the trees affected are shown on the maps. Network Rail have stated that the work is necessary to maintain a reliable and safe railway and have pointed out that last year a.......

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22 July 2013

If you have a child aged between six and nine who enjoys outdoor play, crafts, games, making friends and camping, then Palmers Green Woodcraft Folk might be just what you're looking for. The local group currently has vacancies for Sunshine Elfins, the youngest category of Woodcraft Folk.  They meet on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 7.15pm at Hazelwood School in Hazelwood Lane. The Woodcraft Folk are a national educational movement which promotes a cooperative approach to life........

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05 March 2013

Enfield Council are asking residents of the borough to help them identify any ash trees that are showing signs of Ash Dieback disease........

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