Author Archives: leafshade

Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares 9 and 10 June 2018

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, including Bedford Square, Brunswick Square, Gordon Square, Russell Square, St George’s Gardens and Mecklenburgh Square. See the Open Garden Squares website to find details of which gardens are open […]

Urban Tree Festival in the Bloomsbury Squares 18-20 May

As a successor to the London Tree Week, the first Urban Tree Festival is taking place 18-May with many different events – see their website for details. The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens is supporting this initiative. Three walks to showcase the wonderful trees of the Bloomsbury squares are available on Friday, Saturday and […]

Petition to save parks funding

Tavistock Square is looking lovely in the spring sunshine, but keeping it looking lovely is a costly task. (Thanks to Margaret Brett of Friends of Tavistock Square for the photo.) Heritage Lottery Fund bosses are meeting today, Tuesday 23 April, to discuss their plans for the next five years. But just before they head into […]

Party – St George’s Gardens 21 April

This year’s St George’s Gardens Party is on Saturday 21 April, 2-5pm, arranged by Friends of St George’s Gardens. Please join us. Everyone’s welcome – entrance free. There will be children’s entertainments (Punch and Judy, Jebb the Juggler and face painting), Marama Cafe Band, tea and cakes, a second hand bookstall, and – above all – […]

New children’s playground in Woburn Square

Brand new and ready to go – a children’s playground has popped up at the south end of Woburn Square

Bloomsbury bowling green

In the course of research for his forthcoming  book Three Men and a Field -– Bloomsbury North of Tavistock Place, the author discovered an interesting historical snippet. Near Judd St Open Space, created in the 1950s after Second World War bomb damage in the area, was a bowling green. It was tucked away behind the Boot […]

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 […]