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What is going on in Haringey in March! This newsletter is a publication from BTCV, the largest environmental volunteering charity in the country. For more information check out our website or you can contact us at Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve on 020 8348 6005 or email Michael or Luke On project days phone 07887 624866. New volunteers welcome. We provide the leadership, tools, first aid, tea, coffee and biscuits. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Please bring a packed lunch on the day projects.

Tuesday & Weekend Practical Conservation

Thursday Green Gym in Haringey

Thursday 1 March, 10am-3pm Bramble Bashing at Parkland Walk (South) Tuesday 6 March, 10am-3pm Non-Green Gym day. Clearing and removing Holly Bashing at Queen’s Wood overgrown brambles from the meadow area of this Removing large holly that is encroaching on larger fantastic nature trail to maintain the grass habitat. oaks and some coppicing of tree saplings in this MAP/meet: Entrance to Parkland Walk on Upper magnificent ancient woodland. Tollington Park, N4 MAP/meet: Junction of Queen’s Wood Road and Wood Vale, Highgate N10 Thursday 8 March, 10.30am-2.30pm Tuesday 13 March, 10am-3pm Woodland Management at Coldfall Wood Coppicing some of the hornbeam and hazel trees as well as removing some of the ivy and brambles in this wonderful ancient woodland, to ensure that it stays healthy and full of native species. MAP/meet: Western gate to woodland on Creighton Avenue (opposite Beech Drive) N10 Tuesday 20 & 27 March, 10am-3pm Blooming Beds at Markfield Park BTCV will be completing its Making the Difference project, by digging in plants that have a range of medicinal purposes to create an educational healing garden in the community nature garden. MAP/meet: Outside Markfield Park cafe, Seven Sisters N15 Saturday 24 March, 10.30am-12.30pm Wildflower Planting at Graham Road Gardens Planting wildflower and woodland bulbs such as bluebells and snowdrops in this small community green space. MAP/meet: Gardens on Graham Road, behind Turnpike Lane station, N15

Community Gardening at Living Under One Sun Green Gym launch. Variety of tasks at this community award-winning allotment run by Living Under One Sun, which won BTCV’s Community Group of 2011. MAP/meet: Entrance of East Hale Allotments on Mill Mead Road, Tottenham N17 Thursday 15 March, 10.30am-2.30pm Beautiful Beds at Markfield Park Completing the restoration of the plant beds’ wooden sleepers, digging over the soil as well as enhancing an additional bed including creating a new rockery. MAP/meet: Outside park cafe, Seven Sisters N15 Thursday 22 March, 10.30am-2.30pm Dogwood Bashing at Lordship Recreation Ground Cutting back invasive dogwood that is blocking out light in the woodland area of this park that is having an extensive make-over during 2012. MAP/meet: Downhills Park Rd entrance of park, N17 Thursday 29 March, 10.30am-2.30pm Vegetation Management at The Paddock Cutting back vegetation along the footpaths and completing the restoration of the picnic area steps. MAP/meet: Outside site portacabin, Ferry Lane, N17

Supported by: Haringey Friends of Parks Forum:

Green Gym in Haringey starts BTCV’s Green Gym in Haringey starts on Thursday 8 March with the aim of getting local residents healthier and fitter without having to hit the tread-mill. The BTCV Green Gym® is a scheme which inspires people to improve both their health and the environment at the same time. Experienced leaders guide volunteers through a range of practical projects, giving them the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors – improving their strength and stamina, boosting their practical skills and confidence and benefitting their local green spaces. Chris Speirs, BTCV’s Senior London Green Gym Project Officer says; “The Green Gym promotes the irrevocable link between our health and the environment. The last few years have seen BTCV’s Green Gym grow ten-fold in London and we are very excited to bring this scheme to Haringey. The Green Gym is free, fun and open to everyone, so come along and find out what all the fuss is about!”

Hire Railway Fields & our tools! Railway Fields nature reserve is now available for hire for events, training, conferences and meetings – fully equipped venue at a unique location and competitive price. Hire our tools for your community conservation activities, £50 returnable deposit. Contact us for more details.

Volunteer of the Month Caroline Beattie-Merriman has been a volunteer with BTCV for six years and has recently started working for the Tree Council. Why did you start volunteering with BTCV Haringey? When I started my Environmental Studies degree I realised I needed to add real-life experience to what I was learning. Why do you enjoy conservation? I enjoy working with friendly people with similar interests, the physical activity and the fresh air What has been your favourite activity? I like dead-hedging as you work in a team, protect areas and create shelter for small birds.

Haringey Green Gym Weekly: The BTCV Green Gym® inspires you to improve both your health and the environment at the same time. Meet new people and get in touch with nature. To find out more please visit: Thursdays & most Saturdays 12.30pm-3.30pm Meet: Entrance between 61 & 63 Creighton Rd, N17. Contact: Glynis Kirkwood on 020 8808 1829 or email

Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm Meet: Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Adams Road, N17 6HE. Contact: Glynis Kirkwood on 020 8808 1829 or email

Come and find us at Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve. Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Entrance on Green Lanes, N4. Railway Fields was opened to the public in 1985 and declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1990. Today, Railway Fields is run by BTCV, as an educational resource for the borough’s primary schools, and for the general public to enjoy. Railway Fields has been awarded Green Flag status every year since 2004. The Friends of Railway Fields are always looking for new people to join up and help them out with protecting and using this lovely Local Nature Reserve. Get in touch at: Supported by: Haringey Friends of Parks Forum:

Registered Charity in England (261009) and Scotland (SC039302). BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. DN4 8DB.

BTCV Haringey Newsletter March 2012  
BTCV Haringey Newsletter March 2012  

BTCV activites and events in Haringey for March 2012. Free for volunteers to turn up and work outdoors and meet new people and learn new ski...