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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 […]

Bedford Square Festival 28 June to 1 July

The very first Bedford Square Festival is taking place later this month. The Festival is a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square, Bloomsbury: Paul Mellon Centre, Architectural Association, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Yale University Press and New College of Humanities. Bedford Square Festival will open the doors of the […]

Dead foxes in Cartwright Gardens

I was in Cartwright Gardens today and noticed two dead adult foxes. They were lying together, on a bank at the south end; there was no sign of disease or injury. It was one of the strangest sights I have seen in all the years I have lived here. if anyone has any idea as […]

Garden of Medicinal Plants

A small bed of plants with a use in medicine has been started in Brunswick Square by the UCL School of Pharmacy in cooperation with the Brunswick Square gardening volunteers. Lavender, calendula, valerian and hypericum are among the attractive but useful plants recently put in, with  more being added as time goes on. A poster […]

Bursting blooms and baby birds

These baby blackbirds were in the nest in the ivy wall of Marchmont Community Garden, but have fledged in the past 48 hours. A second pair of blackbirds is now nesting and frantically feeding their young further along the same ivy wall and a pair of great tits are in the bird box on the […]

Bloomsbury Squares Tree Walk 27 May

Celebrating London Tree Week, the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens is offering a free guided tree walk, led by Richard Wright, on Saturday 28 May at 11 am. Come and see some of the area’s splendid and unusual trees. View the New Zealand border in the beautiful Mecklenburgh Square garden, normally closed to the public. […]

Britain’s Green Allies: medicinal plants in wartime – a lecture on 15 May

The UCL School of Pharmacy are starting to establish a small bed of medicinal plants in Brunswick Square, outside their building, with information on their uses. On Monday 15 May the school is also hosting this lecture by Peter Ayres, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, for the British Society for the History of Pharmacy VENUE: UCL […]