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Wellbeing walks from the Bloomsbury squares – new season

Gardening – it’s good for your health, and the gardens!

Spring is on the way and the new gardening season is about to start. Friends of Brunswick Square’s gardening group have their first session of the new year, led by a professional, on Saturday 4 February, 10-12 noon – just come along and join in. No experience needed. Red Lion Square gardening group will start […]

Big Garden Birdwatch, 26-29 January

Join in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch event on 27-29 January Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free and for everyone. And you don’t need a garden to take part! Counting birds from your balcony, or in your local park will play a vital role in helping us understand how UK birds are doing. Sign up […]

What are Friends for?

Throughout London, our much loved and greatly valued green spaces need people to help promote, animate, enhance and protect them.Over the past 20 years a Friends movement of park users has grown up and expanded. Whilst every site, and every group, is unique and has its own distinct character, the activities that Friends carry out […]

Podcast tour of Tavistock Square

A new podcast tour of Tavistock Square highlighting its links with Kindergarten has been released. The Freshed educational podcast based at UCL recently published an episode about the first English-speaking Kindergarten opened in 1853 just off Tavistock Square and its links with famous figures who lived or worked nearby such as Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, […]

Signs and scents of spring

Walking through Bedford Square on the sunniest day this first week of January, the wonderful scent of early flowering viburnum bushes was unmistakeable, lifting the spirits. Winter flowering cherry is also showing its delicate pink blossoms here and there in various gardens, a winter honeysuckle hedge is flowering in Marchmont Community Garden. Bulbs are bravely […]

Treecycle after Christmas – in the right place, please!

Once you take down your tree, you can recycle it by placing it in the cage set up on the south-west side of Brunswick Square -and nowhere else, please, to avoid damage to other areas. Thank you!

Season’s greetings and snowy scenes

Season’s greetings to all viewers and visitors to the Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens website A week of icy temperatures brought snow to central London, creating pre-Christmas snow scenes that are rare in Bloomsbury. Our roving photographer was soon out and about taking shots of some of our own winter wonderland gardens.

Red Lion Sq garden volunteers – new date 10 December

December does not deter Red Lion Sq garden volunteers. They will be out in force on Saturday 10th December,  11.00 – 13.00 (postponed from their usual date of first Saturday in the month).  They will be planting the bulbs donated by Taylors Bulbs via the Metropolitan and Public Gardens Association and are always happy to […]

St George’s Gardens tour of the old graves

Next Saturday, 19 November, Dr Roger Bowdler will lead a lecture walk around the graves, starting at the Chapel of Rest at 12 noon. Don’t miss it. Friends of St George’s Gardens invite you to come along and join the walk. Roger knows more than anyone about the graves in St George’s Gardens. He worked […]