Category Bloomsbury Squares

Bloomsbury autumn walks

Friends of St George’s Gardens are offering another Tree Talk with the ever popular Bob Gilbert.  Come along to the Gardens on Sunday  31 October at 2.30 p.m. to hear Bob’s stories about  ‘Autumn in the Gardens’.  The walk will look at seasonal changes; buds, bark, fruit and seeds, and animal behaviour, as the natural […]

Artist in residence in the Bloomsbury Squares

During the Bloomsbury Festival, the artist Nick Andrew has been exploring the theme of city green spaces from the perspective of a rural landscape painter. Sketching in a different garden square each day, he is producing a full-size work in each, complementing the sketches he made over several years for the book Bloomsbury’s Squares and […]

Friends groups garden get-together

Members of the Friends groups of the various Bloomsbury gardens held their annual garden evening recently in Mecklenburgh Square. A sudden light shower did not detract from the enjoyment of getting together after such a long period of social restrictions. The volunteer groups have their own activities in each square but join together to share […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Open Garden Squares, instead a Victorian flower show

This weekend would have been the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend, when normally closed gardens open and the open gardens in Bloomsbury take on a festival air too.  Not this year, thanks to coronavirus Covid-19, not yet anyway.  However, here is a previous floral celebration  in Bloomsbury to enjoy as some small compensation. In 1863, […]

Public parks have played a vital role during lockdown

As you will have seen in the news, and from the evidence of your own eyes in Bloomsbury, our green spaces are playing a hugely important role in contributing to people’s mental and physical health during the Covid-19 crisis. As Gardens Trust board member David Lambert says, the crisis has demonstrated unarguably just how important […]

Bloomsbury Gardens and coronavirus

In the new world of the coronavirus outbreak, Camden Council made an early decision to leave all their gardens open 24/7 to ease the burden on staff having to lock and unlock. In last week’s sunny weather, locals understandably headed for the gardens for exercise and fresh air. Family groups with children were playing in […]

Garden groups get together

Volunteers from all the gardens in the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens met on a beautiful July evening for their annual get-together, to share experiences and views on our local garden community, enjoy refreshments and lose themselves in a large shady garden without having to worry about weeding or pruning. Every square has a […]