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Bird watch in Bloomsbury’s squares

The recent walk carried out during RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch was successful in spotting a good variety of birds in the squares visited: Gordon Square, Woburn Square and Russell Square. To quote the walk leader (who runs weekly walks in Bloomsbury) it was an exceptionally good walk for this area.  The following birds were recorded […]

Bird Walk for RSPB Big Garden Bird watch in the Bloomsbury Squares

Join us as we walk around Gordon Square, Woburn Square and Russell Square, Friday 25 January 2019, 12-1pm. Meet at noon at the main entrance to Gordon Square gardens (near the café). The walk is part of RSPB Big Garden Bird watch 27-29 January 2019 and is in addition to UCL Conservation Society regular Friday bird […]

New Year resolutions? Be a volunteer gardener

Among the many New Year resolutions you might make, here’s an important one for the list. It will tick all those boxes: healthy exercise, meeting new people, making a difference. Now’s your chance to join the volunteer teams who are helping to keep our local squares looking good for everyone. Come along as often as […]

December blossom brightens Brunswick Square

Peeping out over the railings on a December day, the welcome sight of the winter-flowering cherry tree. The delicate pale blossom of Prunus x subhirtella is not as showy as some of later-flowering varieties but, as a promise of spring days to come, it’s uplifting in the midwinter gloom. It also fits the Regency style of […]

Carols and mincepies at St. George’s Gardens, 22 Dec noon

You are invited to join the Friends of St. George’s  Gardens for Carols in the Gardens with mince pies and mulled wine from 12-1 pm on Saturday, 22 December. We’re singing in aid of Save the Children’s Yemen Crisis Appeal. The more the merrier.       

Is closing Russell Square to the public in June really a good idea?

The proposed Evening Standard Festival of Culture over 10 days in June 2019 is causing a great deal of concern locally, not only in the local garden Friends groups. The organisers, currently applying for an alcohol licence,  are planning for 5,000 people at any one time mainly in the evening.  Over ten days that could […]

Whose face on the new £50 note?

Contenders for gracing the redesigned £50 note are lining up, but one gaining support has a strong Bloomsbury connection: Noor Inayat Khan, whose memorial sculpture is to be found in Gordon Square. Moscow-born Noor lived as a child in London and France, and in 1942 was living again with her family in Taviton Street, just […]