Author Archives: leafshade

Transforming the tree pits on Marchmont Street parade

Left to their own devices over the various Covid lockdowns, the tree pits were in need of a makeover. Three volunteers from the Marchmont Community Garden and two residents of Foundling Court recently cleared the grass and weeds, liberated the few remaining worthwhile plants and put in some new ones. It rained heavily afterwards (good) […]

Vaccine queues in Brunswick Square

For those of you who spent the day on Brighton beach, here is what you missed in Brunswick Square over the Bank Holiday.

Marama Café Band in St George’s Gardens

Next Sunday 6 June, Pete Watson’s Marama Café Band will be playing in the Gardens from 2 till 5 pm. They are a Balkan gypsy band playing folk and jazz. Do come along, sit on the grass, bring a picnic, relax. The event is free, funded by the Friends of St George’s Gardens with help […]

A greener, healthier, wilder capital city

London National Park City commissioned YouGov to conduct a survey of a  representative sample of the Capital’s communities in March and April this year. Later this year, they will be reviewing politicians’ progress in delivering against their manifestos, especially commitments to improving green and public spaces. YouGov’s survey records the expectations and desires of Londoners, […]

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.