Category Bloomsbury Squares

Parks during the Covid crisis -and the future of events

“Local green spaces were used heavily during the lockdown as many people craved fresh air and exercise. When cafes, pubs and other social spaces were closed, the parks and gardens became the place where public life was experienced.” A recent short article in the London Garden Trust’s newsletter London Landscapes by Dr Andrew Smith of […]

Beautifully illustrated new book from the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens

Bloomsbury is a leafy, atmospheric neighbourhood of garden squares, differing in size, shape and individual character but all bringing a rural ambience into the urban surroundings. The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens has published this book to showcase these diverse squares, trace their history and give a sense of their life today. The original […]

No Open Garden Squares, instead a Victorian flower show

This weekend would have been the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend, when normally closed gardens open and the open gardens in Bloomsbury take on a festival air too.  Not this year, thanks to coronavirus Covid-19, not yet anyway.  However, here is a previous floral celebration  in Bloomsbury to enjoy as some small compensation. In 1863, […]

Public parks have played a vital role during lockdown

As you will have seen in the news, and from the evidence of your own eyes in Bloomsbury, our green spaces are playing a hugely important role in contributing to people’s mental and physical health during the Covid-19 crisis. As Gardens Trust board member David Lambert says, the crisis has demonstrated unarguably just how important […]

Bloomsbury Gardens and coronavirus

In the new world of the coronavirus outbreak, Camden Council made an early decision to leave all their gardens open 24/7 to ease the burden on staff having to lock and unlock. In last week’s sunny weather, locals understandably headed for the gardens for exercise and fresh air. Family groups with children were playing in […]

Garden groups get together

Volunteers from all the gardens in the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens met on a beautiful July evening for their annual get-together, to share experiences and views on our local garden community, enjoy refreshments and lose themselves in a large shady garden without having to worry about weeding or pruning. Every square has a […]

Fringe event in St George’s Gardens for Open Garden Squares Weekend 8-9 June in the Bloomsbury Squares

It’s that time of year again, when visitors from all over Britain and the world come to enjoy Open Garden Squares Weekend in the Bloomsbury Squares. All the squares are open to be enjoyed. Bedford Square and Mecklenburg Square, usually closed to the public, are specially open (see OGSW website for times) and this year […]

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 […]

Garden evening get-together

Volunteers from all the gardens in the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens met on a beautiful summer evening for their annual get-together, to share experiences and views on our local garden community, enjoy refreshments and lose themselves in a large shady garden without having to worry about weeding or pruning.   Every square has […]

Caring for young trees – please water me

Planting trees has a wealth of benefits. Trees provide habitat for wildlife, help people stay healthy, and enhance the character of our urban area. Camden have a tree planting programme with a target of planting 400 trees each year, though in recent years they have exceeded this target, planting an average of 522 annually.   The […]