Author Archives: leafshade

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 […]

The Great Plane, Brunswick Square

This magnificent plane tree, one of several venerable specimens in the square, has recently been given the distinction of its own information board. It also has a full page illustration all to itself in the book Bloomsbury’s Squares and Gardens The Brunswick Plane, acclaimed as one of the ten Great Trees of London in 2008, […]

Parks during the Covid crisis -and the future of events

“Local green spaces were used heavily during the lockdown as many people craved fresh air and exercise. When cafes, pubs and other social spaces were closed, the parks and gardens became the place where public life was experienced.” A recent short article in the London Garden Trust’s newsletter London Landscapes by Dr Andrew Smith of […]

Photo exhibition, Brunswick Square

Don’t miss Once upon a time in King’s Cross, Catherine Packard’s affectionate depiction of community life in a once infamous King’s Cross neighbourhood in the 80s and 90s, displayed on the railings at Brunswick Square this week as part of the Bloomsbury Festival. If you can’t get there it’s also online

Beautifully illustrated new book from the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens

Bloomsbury is a leafy, atmospheric neighbourhood of garden squares, differing in size, shape and individual character but all bringing a rural ambience into the urban surroundings. The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens has published this book to showcase these diverse squares, trace their history and give a sense of their life today. The original […]

Bloomsbury Festival 16-25 Oct 2020: Eye-Spy stories

It’s that time of year again, when the Bloomsbury Festival lights up Bloomsbury, though with inevitable differences in this coronavirus pandemic. For the full programme see bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/2020vision/ or listen on Bloomsbury Radio 87.9FM The festival EYE:SPY project sets out to uncover some of Bloomsbury’s untold stories. While many of the area’s residents are famous (Charles […]

Bloomsbury Festival event in St George’s Gardens, 17 Oct

On Saturday October 17 at 2.30 p.m., from his grave in the Gardens, the ghost of William Nicholson, Georgian polymath, will join his biographer, Sue Durrell and the Ucell energy team from University College London for a walk and conversazione about his life at the crossroads of Georgian arts, literature, science and commerce. Tickets are […]

Garden news

Friends of the Bloomsbury squares have been active in recent weeks, now restrictions have eased. Marchmont Community Garden, which has been closed to the public during the lockdown, has been hosting regular get-togethers of shielding older people who have been able to meet their friends for the first time in months, thanks to the foresight […]