Author Archives: leafshade

Chelsea Fringe festival opens 15 May

Even though the Chelsea Festival has moved to the autumn this year, the 10th ‘Chelsea Fringe’ festival opens on 15 May until 23 May, but in common with many events this year it is Virtual. It includes ‘A Sketchbook Walk through the Bloomsbury Squares’, a video of beautiful watercolour illustrations of the different gardens introduced […]

Trees – their secret stories

On Saturday 22 May, Bob Gilbert will give a talk about Trees – their secret stories for Friends of St George’s Gardens and friends. He will talk about the protective power of the birch, death and the elder, how the hazel shaped our history and more stories behind some of our commonest trees and shrubs.  […]

How to identify trees

How To Identify Trees by Greg Packman, ArboriculturalistThursday 13 May 20216-7pm This talk is taking place ahead of the Urban Tree Festival which runs from 15th-23rd May. London Gardens Trust is delighted to promote this Festival which celebrates urban and suburban trees, woods, forests, scrubland, hedgerows and all the wild places that bring life and joy to our […]

Get out and garden with us

Some of the volunteers who met for socially distanced gardening in Brunswick Square on Bank Holiday Saturday – in lovely sunshine, though the rain later in the day was welcomed by the very thirsty plants after two months with no significant rain. The group meets every first Saturday morning in the month, ten till twelve, […]

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 […]