Category Marchmont Community Garden

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) […]

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.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Goldfinches in Marchmont Community Garden

A lovely pair of goldfinches was spotted last week in one of the cherry trees in MCG as a volunteer was tidying up after the recent gales. This is the first such sighting since the early days of MCG in 2012 (see image). Quite a few great tits have been spotted – fingers crossed that […]

Broods of blackbirds

Ricci de Freitas of Marchmont Community Garden (MCG) writes: You won’t believe it, but I had noticed a female blackbird hanging around in the garden for a few weeks. I saw it fly into the green ivy wall a few times.Then I heard the familiar sounds associated with nesting and feeding young. After a few […]

Welcome signs of spring (2)

If you get round to the tiny Marchmont Community Garden very soon you might catch the first brood of young blackbirds to be born in 2018. I first spotted them yesterday when one of our younger garden users (aged 4) pointed them out to me. Judging by recent activity in the ivy wall, there are […]

Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares 17 & 18 June 2017

Over 200 gardens in London are taking part this year.  In Bloomsbury many of the squares and hidden gardens will be open or have special activities. See the Open Garden Squares website to find details of which gardens are open on which days over the weekend and what’s on in each. There is a free […]