Elm Village Wildlife Survey 2018

EVTRA wishes to monitor and keep a record of environmental observations and changes.  We therefore invite all residents to report things of interest which they see. We are thinking of: animals, birds, insects, butterflies, trees, shrubs. flowers and plants.

Just send us a message through the website.

If you want to share photos of wildlife sightings, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (see sidebar).

You are welcome to write at length, but all we need is what was seen, a date and (rough) time and place.  

Please also give your name and a means of contact. This is so that, in the event of something of wider significance (e.g., the appearance of a badger) we can follow up and involve the appropriate agency. But we shall under no circumstances reveal or use your name and details without your permission.

Bees in Elm Village allotments by the canal

Elm Village: a bee-friendly place

Beekeeping in Elm Village allotments began in 2014 using start-up funding provided by Pfp. Two colonies of Buckfast bees, known for their quiet natures, were purchased from Fragile Plant. Peter McGinty and Helene Fawcett looked after the hives for the first couple of years, Helene having attended a self-funded course, Urban Beekeeping, run by Brian McCallum, a professional beekeeping inspector, and author of several books on beekeeping, held at Camley Street Wildlife park.

Since then the bees have been kept by Helene and Rob Small with further training provided by courses run by North London Beekeepers’ Association at the Kenwood Apiary. They are currently assisted by Tom Inman and Sophie Geoghegan, both of whom have been trained in sustainable beekeeping.

All costs associated with training courses, as well as stock, equipment and supplies are met by the beekeepers.

The beekeepers welcome interest and involvement from EVTRA members. Please contact North London Beekeepers’ Association if you are interested in training courses. Or just come and talk to us.


An Elm Village resident has some plants available they wish to move from their garden. These include an Elder and foxgloves. If interested contact us through the contact form.

Pride movie based on Evtra’s Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson. Photo Horticulture Week.
Mike Jackson. Photo Horticulture Week.

Many residents know Mike Jackson who was formerly with Camden Garden Centre. Many of you will not know, however, that Mike is a Hollywood A-lister. Just released in the cinemas now is a movie that’s based on Mike’s life as a gay activist.

The film is called Pride and stars Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy. Mike is played by Joseph Gilgun. The film is about a time in the mid-1980s when Mike and others formed the support group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and adopted a Welsh mining town as their cause, raising funds for miners on the picket line.


The film in now on at the Camden Odeon.


Village is a buzzin’

If you attended the Big Lunch, you’ll no doubt have noticed the bee hives at the top of the allotments. The Elm Village bees have now arrived. EVTRA volunteers and staff from Camden Garden Centre helped get them get settled in place. The bees were kept in their temporary hives and then moved into their permanent hives.

EVTRA volunteers, Camden Garden Centre staff, and bees (not pictured, but buzzing curiously in the boxes.
EVTRA volunteers, Camden Garden Centre staff, and bees (not pictured, but buzzing curiously in the boxes).

Village in Bloom

Rosa Kiftsgate is in bloom – you can see it from the corner of Rossendale Way, just look up into the trees and there it is.  Make sure to look for it next time you walk past as the display will only last a week or so, it’s definitely not to be missed.

Rosa 'Kiftsgate'
Rosa ‘Kiftsgate’ – photo from Mike Jackson at the Camden Garden Centre

Spring Plantings

Thanks to Stella and Andreas for brightening the entrance to Elm Village with these spring flowers, shrubs and raspberry plants.

Bergholt Plantings