Crouch End Open Space

Set up to protect, maintain and improve the CREOS area.

118 GoodGymers have supported Crouch End Open Space with 59 tasks.

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Robin Talbot

Sunday fun in spades

Sunday 19th November 2023

Written by Robin Talbot

Very wholesome ditch digging that will keep the park paths clear of water, followed by some soup and cider chatting with friendly volunteers from the local area

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Simon FitzmauriceKarenJohn ShirleyEmily

Pruning and Picnics

Sunday 17th September 2023

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Our Goodgym crew caught up with the lovely team at Crouch End Open Space on Sunday morning for our first working session of Autumn. Our tasks involved preparing pathways for visitors over the Winter months by laying wood chip across potentially mud covered surfaces, and by trimming back overgrown foliage to ensure safe passage. To complete a solid work day, we were invited to a community picnic, just before the heavens opened!

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Simon FitzmauriceTheodore SmithMaggieJosh StevensKarenCaitlin Rollison

Collecting Really Excellent Obstacles (with) Sticks (aka CREOS)

Sunday 16th April 2023

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon joined Josh, Caitlin, Theodore and Karen for a wonderful Springtime woodland maintenance session with the Friends of CREOS (Crouch End Open Space). Between us, we successfully constructed multiple dead hedge barriers along the pathways linking CREOS to Highgate (protecting new saplings and habitats from pedestrian interference), using loads of donated branches, twigs, sticks and logs from a local tree surgeon. We also laid at least a ton of wood chip along the paths, to increase overall accessibility for woodland visitors. Josh was kept busy with installing new posts for dog bins along all of the CREOS paths- a very important task!

After two hours of wonderful woodland work, we returned all of our tools to their respective homes, and we were treated to a full picnic spread, offered by the Friends of CREOS. Thank you all so much!

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Simon FitzmauriceLaura MonikowskaEmilyKim

Dog spotting at CREOS 🐶🐕

Sunday 16th October 2022

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Area Activator Simon, Kim, Emily and new starter Laura (welcome!) joined the Friends of Crouch End Open Space (aka CREOS) for a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon of forest path building and maintenance.

Almost every month over the last 6 years, Goodgym Islington have assisted with the upkeep of the paths between Highgate and Muswell Hill (a local green idyll). This time, we helped with preparing the footways for the winter months. Laura and Kim took charge of weeding the main paths across CREOS meadow, and achieved a full transformation over the course of 90 minutes. The pair mentioned that they really enjoyed this relaxing task, as they were also in the perfect place for greeting the various dogs out on their nature walks! (Also, congratulations to Kim for achieving a new PB at the Hyde Park 10km yesterday- she still had her medal to hand and was rightly proud to show it off!).

On the other side of the meadow, Simon and Emily joined CREOS member David in shoveling and wheelbarrowing left over sand from a project at The North London Cricket Club. Our intention was to sprinkle the excess sand into various pot holes around the open green space, and across various areas susceptible to becoming puddles. Afterwards, we trundled up to the top of the Highgate pathways with spades and rakes in hand, and pulled out as much foliage as possible from the purpose made gullies following the main walking route. Again, we were intending on reducing the likelihood of the paths from becoming wet and muddy too early in the season.

A lovely way to while away a Sunday afternoon. We will return on the Third Sunday of next month!

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Simon FitzmauriceMiss Erayna SpencerJohn Shirley
Caitlin RollisonJosh Stevens

It's the beginning, not the Crouch End

Sunday 21st August 2022

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

It was wonderful to return to one of Goodgym Islington's longest running community missions after a short break over Summer! We had some regulars returning to Crouch End Open Space and the forest paths between Highgate and Muswell Hill (including ever present John and Friends of CREOS Guro and Nicolas), with new starters like Erayna.

Tasks on offer today involved moving some newly cut down tree stumps across the woodland (to be used to dead hedging and creating barriers around wild flower patches), and trimming away the overgrown tree branches surrounding the forest paths. Area Activator Simon also assisted with litter picking around the green fields near the local school yards, while Nic did a smashing job with weed whacking with a petrol driven strimmer!

Wonderful work everyone, Thank you for joining us!

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EmilyCaitlin RollisonNicolas Artola

In the trenches

Sunday 19th June 2022

Written by Emily (She/her)

4 Goodgymers attended the monthly Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) session to help the local volunteers. When I arrived, Guro was already hard at work clearing sticks and leaves from the trenches alongside the footpath. I joined her and together we managed to clear at least 10 bags worth (though we lost count). Around the corner Caitlin took part in various tasks including building a very impressive wall of sticks, to keep people out of the woods. Nico was moving logs from the cricket ground which sounded pretty challenging as he had to avoid hitting rogue children.

As usual the lovely volunteers put on a great picnic of homemade quiche, bread and cheeses (Guro is pictured protecting the quiche from a hungry dog).

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