Inside a Crouch End eco-charity

Paul Secher at Crouch End Open Space reflects on 50 years of a green community

Founded in 1973 as the ‘Crouch End Playing Fields Protection Society’, Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers.

Our charitable objectives: to conserve, protect and enhance the Crouch End Playing Fields in Park Road as an area of open space for public recreation; and to conserve and protect the area as a natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

In keeping with our stated purposes, we monitor planning applications and any proposed developments which might impact the playing fields or other parts of the “open space”. Part of the land, owned by Haringey Council, is natural woodland with a beautiful and peaceful meadow at its centre. CREOS volunteers and members carry out conservation activities on monthly workdays, maintaining
the green space for everyone to enjoy.

Recent and current projects include: construction and restoration of footpaths through woodlands and meadows; creating hazel coppices and wildflower areas; treatment and removal of invasive Japanese knotweed; and seeking protection of the open space through a ‘Deed of Dedication’ – a binding legal commitment, securing the Crouch End open space in perpetuity for current and future generations to enjoy.

We celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, and would love for new members and volunteers to join us.

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