Bloomsbury’s newest garden: Marchmont Community Garden news

Since the garden opened to the public in 2011, there have been regular events to involve the community, with the help of a Sustainablity Grant from the Big Lottery Fund, including bulb planting, the planting of a ‘Prunus Amanogawa’ (Japanese Cherry) tree by the Mayor of Camden and three local choirs singing Carols under the lights of the Christmas tree .

On the first Open Day on 14th April 2012, local people planted summer flower seeds, learnt about wildlife from experts and helped to build a bird box and a wood pile as habitat for stag beetles. Children were treated to free face painting, whilst the Northern Celts provided their soothing musical accompaniment and the versatile Basko entertained visitors with his special brand of circus skills, magic and balloon modelling. The biggest event of the year was the Marchmont Street Party in September, when the garden was rammed with children and families for 3 Punch & Judy shows and free face painting. 50 window boxes, complete with soil and plants, were also given away to lucky event-goers.

Once again, during the Bloomsbury Festival 2012, the garden welcomed visitors to plant spring bulbs, which gave us a glorious display in spring 2013 .

Photos showing the development of the garden and recent events may be viewed via the link to our collection on, below. If you would like to become involved in the MCG we would very much like to hear from you; contact

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