Category volunteering

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Bloomsbury ‘garden gangs’

Otherwise known as the amazing volunteers who help to look after the gardens in the squares. They were out in force on the first weekend of February and would be delighted if you’d like to join them in future. The usual pattern of work is first Saturday in Brunswick and Red Lion Squares (except March […]

New season start for volunteer gardening

The new season starts in Brunswick Square and Red Lion Square on Saturday 5 February and continues on most first Saturdays of the month (see below). Just turn up and join in – bring your own gloves if you can, everything else (including advice!) is provided. Volunteers come as and when they can, not necessarily […]

Volunteering Day, Red Lion gardens, 16 October

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS on SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER Friends of Red Lion Square Gardens (WC1R 4QH) welcome you from 11.00 –  13.00. Get fresh air and exercise doing some supervised gardening! Tools will be provided. Wear sensible clothing and footwear. Maximum 20 people each session, first come, first served. For more information:  FriendsRLSG@gmail.com Volunteers […]

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 […]

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) […]

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, […]

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 […]