Author Archives: leafshade

Cafe culture returns to the Bloomsbury gardens

During lockdown 3, our cafes have been offering takeaway food and drink that we’ve been able to sit on a park bench to ‘enjoy’ as we shivered. Now the sun is out (and we’re still shivering), but soon the pleasures of sitting at a table in the gardens with a friend will be ours again. […]

Plant life and wildlife

Spring is sprung and visiting Marchmont Community Garden. It’s closed just now, as space is limited, but it is hoped it will soon be able to open. Meanwhile, enjoy the bee visiting a ‘Quebec’ tulip (yes, they are tulips, even if passers-by find it hard to believe!) and a pair of wood pigeons sunning themselves.

New chat stop in Brunswick Square

The sunshine has brought the new seating on the recently enlarged pedestrian area on south side of Brunswick Square into its own.

Wild Bloomsbury?

Your friendly neighbourhood fox was spotted (at a distance) in Bedford Square Gardens the other day. It appeared to be basking in the rare sunshine and was surprisingly disinterested in the crow in the foreground. The new path in Marchmont Community Garden was covered with fox prints the other day too. Keep a look out, […]

The Red Lion Roars!

Here’s a rare opportunity to purchase a lovely picture of Red Lion Square Gardens in the Spring. The original watercolour was painted by Nick Andrew in the square, with jottings about what was happening on that day in April to one side. It is part of a series he made for a book, Bloomsbury Squares […]

Facelift for Marchmont Community Garden

This tiny garden, created as recently as 2011, turned a neglected space between the Brunswick centre and the terrace of shops in Marchmont St into a tranquil urban green space, where passers by often stop for a break, lunch or chat. Hopefully they will soon be able to do that again, once covid restrictions are […]

Women in Bloomsbury Squares -International Women’s Day 8 March

Walking through the squares on International Women’s Day, you’ll see the first signs of spring blossoming in the gardens, but also look out for the memorials celebrating women’s achievements or relating to women. In Tavistock Square, there is a bust of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), the modernist author and member of the literary and artistic Bloomsbury Group, […]

Green spaces and lockdown III

An increasing proportion of the population lives in cities. In Europe it is expected that around three quarters of the population will live in urban settings by 2020. Urban living limits access to nature and can increase exposure to certain environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution. Many urban areas face increasing pressure from […]

Big changes in Brunswick Square

All summer and autumn work has been going on in a major re-ordering in Brunswick Square. Landsdown Terrace on the south side, has been closed to through traffic and a new zebra crossing leads straight across to The Brunswick. The roundabout has been removed, giving direct access to now-two-way Grenville St. Planting from the former […]

Christmas is coming – get your cards from St George’s Gardens, but hurry

Friends of St George’s Gardens have a Christmas card you might like, 5”x7”, with a snow scene from the Gardens. The cards (smooth white 300 gsm) and envelopes are good quality, the message is ‘Season’s Greetings’ and FoSGG is mentioned on the back with a thumbnail of the front of the card. They are selling […]