Monthly Archives: March 2019

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 […]

Store Street Spring Market, 29-31 March

The inaugural Store Street Spring Market will take place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019. Supported by The Bedford Estates, the market will feature a vibrant, colourful selection of international street cuisine, artisan grocery foods and ethically traded handmade arts and crafts Visitors will have the opportunity to discover an array of unusual […]

Insect hotels for Russell Square gardens

Russell Square gardens will soon acquire two beautiful ‘bug hotels’, which will be installed on 26th March by a group of Volunteers. The Russell Square Insect Hotels were the idea of a new Volunteer Gardening Group for the Square. They have been sponsored by two adjacent hotels (Imperial London Hotels and Kimpton Fitzroy Hotels). New […]

Living, Working and Surviving in Bloomsbury – Local Resident Anthony Heap’s 1931-1945 Diaries

Robin Woolven will speak about the 1931-45 diaries of an eccentric Bloomsbury resident, Anthony Heap, at the Friends of St George’s Gardens AGM on Friday 22 March, 7-9pm, at the Marchmont Street Community Centre (WC1N 1AB). This is also an opportunity to hear what FoSGG have achieved in the last year and about their plans […]

Spring brings out new volunteer gardeners in the squares

The call for Volunteer Gardeners in Russell Square has been answered by the community, with residents, Bedford Estates, and staff and students from the University of London, Imperial Hotel and the British Museum all coming together. On Saturday 23 March, with plants supplied by Camden Council, the volunteers planted up two flower beds to re-establish […]

Legal duty to maintain parks will not be enforced

London Parks and Gardens Trust, which campaigns for the green spaces in London, said in their recent newsletter: We were dismayed to hear that the Government has indicated that it will not attempt to enforce a legal duty on councils to maintain local parks. Responding to a petition calling for changes to ensure councils ring-fence […]

Russell Square Festival cancelled

Local Friends groups have breathed a sigh of relief that, thanks to considerable local protest, the Evening Standard has decided not to go ahead with a festival that would have effectively closed the square for more than two weeks in the summer month of June and caused the need for reinstatement of grass etc lasting […]