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Party – St George’s Gardens 27 April

  This year’s St George’s Gardens party will be on the Saturday after Easter. Please be there, bring your families, invite your neighbours. We’ll have children’s entertainer Jebb the Juggler, music from the Café Marama Band, face-painting and second hand books – all as usual. But, in addition, there will be music from Gwang’s Djembe […]

The medicinal bed in Brunswick Square

The volunteer gardeners were very busy – all 14 of them – on the first Saturday of April planting herbs and shrubs, to refresh the existing pharmaceutical garden inspired by Lovell’s Herbal. The plants included myrtle, rhubarb and rosemary, to expand the range of plants with medicinal properties in this area outside the UCL School of […]

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 […]