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Category: Environment and Nature

British Cactus & Succulent Society - Lea Valley Branch

leavalleycactusOur members grow cacti and succulents in greenhouses, conservatories, garden frames and on window sills.

We hold regular monthly meetings with knowledgeable speakers, slides, a raffle and refreshments.

If you are interested in cacti and succulents do come along to one of our events. You will be made very welcome.

Broomfield Community Orchard

orchard nameplate smallThe Broomfield Community Orchard is one of several projects organised by the Friends of Broomfield Park.

The Orchard was planted in 2009 on the site of a disused bowling green in Broomfield Park. As well as apple and pear trees, the Orchard is rich in wild flowers.

The Orchard is also home to three beehives.

The Orchard is open every Sunday afternoon and some Saturday mornings.  For opening hours see the Friends of Broomfield Park website.

There is plenty of work required to maintain the Orchard and new volunteers are always welcome.  Working in the Orchard is an excellent way for young people (and older ones too!) to learn about the natural world.

You can follow Broomfield Community Orchard on their Facebook page.

Enfield and District Beekeepers' Association

beekeepersThe Enfield Beekeepers' Club was formed in 1923 and the majority of our members are beekeeping hobbyists and enthusiasts. The club aims to further all aspects of beekeeping and provides support to its members through monthly meetings, courses, field trips, as well as access to the club's library of books and magazines.

At our Monthly Meetings new and experienced, young and old beekeepers share their knowledge and experiences. Guest speakers or club members present a talk or demonstration on a topic that is pertinent to the beekeeper's calendar.

Membership is open to those interested in beekeeping.

Enfield Conservation Volunteers

enfieldconservationvolunteersEnfield Conservation Volunteers carry out practical conservation work in Enfield's parks and countryside on alternate Sundays. An opportunity to gain experience in traditional crafts such as hedge laying, coppicing, bridge building and path construction. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. More information is available by clicking on the title link above and on N21.net.

Enfield Freegle

freeglelogo whitebgDon't throw it away, give it away! You might not want it, but someone just round the corner might.

We're here to help you give and get stuff for free - anything which could be reused. All items must be legal and appropriate, and free. No loans, swaps or sales please - just free gifts.

Enfield National Trust Association

You can join us even if you are not a National Trust member!

Please do come along to one of our Afternoon or Evening Meetings to see what we have to offer - you will be most welcome!

We are a voluntary organisation for local members of the National Trust enabling us to further our common interest in the preservation of our country’s heritage. Enfield National Trust Association was formed in 1977 and has almost 400 members living in Enfield and adjacent areas. We are independent of the National Trust, with our own constitution, and have a committee to organise our affairs, together with various helpers. 
 
Our evening meetings are held in the Enfield Grammar School, Market Place, Enfield. We also have afternoon meetings in Holtwhites Sports and Social Club, Kirkland Drive, Holtwhites Hill, Enfield. Why not come along to one of our meetings as a guest, for a small charge, and see what we do?

We have coach outings to various houses and gardens, some NT and some privately owned. Also, we have visits to places in London, some not normally open to the public. Coach trips to concerts in the Cadogan Hall, and theatre trips to The Watermill, Newbury, and The Mill at Sonning also feature.  All of our visits are keenly priced and are only available to members of our association.

Enfield Veg Co

enfield veg coEnfield Veg Co. is a local, not-for-profit organic veg bag delivery scheme run by Forty Hall Farm in north Enfield, which is part of Capel Manor College. When you sign up to become a member, you receive a weekly supply of fresh seasonal vegetables. Simply choose what size bag you want from the three sizes available.  Our food is super-fresh and we pride ourselves on offering produce with zero food miles..

What’s in the bags?

The contents of the bags vary every week depending on what is in season but we usually include a mix of more everyday veg (things like potatoes, carrots and onions) with seasonal treats. In the summer, this includes salad items such as tomatoes, mixed salad bags, courgettes and cucumbers. In the winter, expect to see veg like pumpkins, beetroot, winter greens and root veg. Everything is organic and locally grown, with the majority of produce coming from Forty Hall Farm in Enfield.

How does it work?

The bags are packed on a Wednesday morning and are available to collect from one of our pick-up points from 3pm the same Wednesday. At the moment, we have four pick-up points: Forty Hall Farm (Forty Hill); Capel Manor College (Bullsmoor Lane); Baskervilles Tea Shop (Palmers Green) and the Civic Centre in central Enfield. The pick-up points are self-service so you can collect your bag whenever suits you, up until Thursday evening.

Friends of Firs Farm Park

friends of firs farm parkWe are a group of volunteers interested in looking after our park. We are looking for like minded people to help look after our green space.

Many local dog walkers, keep-fit enthusiasts, along with a number of sports groups, use this space and currently it is going through a number of changes in relation to the recently publicised flood relief works. Would you like to know how you can contribute to these changes and in how our park will be used? Join the Friends Group for Firs Farm Park. N21 2PJ. Friends Groups represent the community's interest in their local park or open space. You can get involved in how our park is managed and maintained, hold events, raise funds, develop small projects and work with the Council in various ways for the benefit of Firs Farm Park.

London Re-Use Network

londonreusenetworkThe London Re-use Network has been set up by the London Community Resource Network to provide an integrated network of re-use and repair facilities which work together to deliver public and commercial re-use services.

Who we work with

We work closely with welfare agencies, local authorities, housing associations and local charities to ensure our re-use services are available to everyone.

Give something back- volunteer

Do you have any spare time? Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back to your local community and give support to your local re-use project.

Muswell Hill Sustainability Group

muswell hill sustainability group

We’re a fast-growing group of local residents concerned about climate change and sustainability. Our aim is to reduce carbon emissions and waste in the Muswell Hill and surrounding areas, encouraging residents, local businesses and community groups to live more sustainably. Membership of Muswell Hill Sustainability Group is open to anyone and we are always looking for volunteers to help with projects and campaigns, running info stalls, events and workshops.

New Southgate Millennium Green

new southgate millenium green logoThe New Southgate Millennium Green is a public open space owned and operated by our own charitable trust.  It is one of  245 such greens  throughout England, created to celebrate the turn of the millennium in 2000 ad.  The land is unfenced and is open to the public at all times. 

The small, 1.4 acre site is situated near busy roads and housing estates and forms a quiet, hedged-in  haven with mown grassland for recreation; wild, untouched areas in the trees, adding to the wide range of habitats; formal gardens and a central paved area with a sculpture children can play on.

North London & South Herts Ramblers

ramblers

Most of our members live in Enfield, Barnet or Potters Bar. Living near the edge of London, we generally drive out to Hertfordshire or the Chilterns for our walks. Every Sunday, we run a long walk of around 11-14 miles, and share cars / offer lifts from High Barnet. We also lead a shorter walk each weekend, usually of 5-8 miles, with some easier 2-4 mile walks and some mid-week walks about once a month. The short walks are generally more local, or in London. 

Whether you want to come regularly or just from time to time, we’ll be glad to see you. We enjoy exercise, conversation, fresh air and nature on our walks. You can see our group walks at the side of this page, or click on the Contact link above  to request  a copy of our full Newsletter & Walks Programme. Why not come on some walks to try them out!

North London Organic Gardeners

northlondonorganicgardenersNorth London Organic Gardeners are a group of like minded people who believe in gardening without the use of chemical fertilisers and poisonous sprays.

We make compost and believe that by looking after the soil and feeding it we can grow strong, healthy plats which are more resistant to pests and diseases. We also use other organic techniques, such as companion planting, to reduce the attention of insect pests and elp each other with the various problems we face in our gardens and allotments.

Upcoming NLOG events

Pinkham Way Alliance

pinkhamwayallianceThe Pinkham Way Alliance (PWA) was set up in early 2011 to campaign against plans to build a large waste-processing plant and waste wagon depot on an ecologically valuable green space adjacent to the North Circular Road. PWA supporters now comfortably exceed 3000.

Initially campaigning focussed on the despoiling of a locally important site for nature conservation, but PWA members subsequently came to realise that the tendering process had serious implications for the very long term finances, and hence Council services provided, to the 1.7m residents in all seven North London boroughs which make up the North London Waste Authority. While PWA has increasingly been seen to be winning the argument, both ecological and financial threats remain and the fight is far from over.

Pymmes BrookERS

Pymmes BrookERS (short for "Pymmes Brook Restorers") are a group of Londoners who want to make the Pymmes and Salmons Brooks more lovely!

London’s rivers are heavily polluted by misconnected sewers, and also by the toxic heavy metals that wash off our roads after rain. Wetlands will help to clean the water naturally and will provide beautiful habitat for wildlife. We’d like to see more kingfishers, herons, frogs and riverfly along Pymmes Brook!

If you live in Barnet, Enfield or Haringey, or even further afield, and would like to get involved, get outside, and get wet, then get in touch!  There’s plenty to do, so message us to let us know your ideas and how you’d like to help!

Read about the project on the Thames21 website and visit our Facebook page.

Thames 21

thames21-logoThames21 is one of the country’s leading waterway charities. We work with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife.

Thames21 works on a wide range of inclusive and community-focused projects across the capital. We will work on any river, stream, canal, lake or pond.

Love the Lea

The rivers in the Lea Valley are the most polluted in Britain. The Lea, Salmons Brook, the Pymmes Brook, the Rivers Ching and Moselle and Stonebridge Brook are being damaged by sewage, household chemicals and oil on a daily basis. Thames 21's Love the Lea campaign aims to rectify this situation.

Wise up to Waste

wiseuptowasteA website with advice on how to reduce waste and increase recycling at home, work and school.

Woodcroft Wildspace

woodcroftWoodcroft 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 wildspace.