Category Russell Square

Garden news

Friends of the Bloomsbury squares have been active in recent weeks, now restrictions have eased. Marchmont Community Garden, which has been closed to the public during the lockdown, has been hosting regular get-togethers of shielding older people who have been able to meet their friends for the first time in months, thanks to the foresight […]

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, […]

Feeding the birds in Russell Square

New bird feeding stations have been provided in Russell Square by the Commissioners together with an information board about the birds that might be seen. The stations will be filled by the UCL Conservation Society who count the birds on a regular basis, the feed will be supplied by the Commissioners.  The installation of the […]

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 […]

Big Garden Bird Watch, Bloomsbury squares, 24 January

Join us on a bird walk around Gordon and Russell Squares. We will meet at noon at the main entrance to Gordon Square gardens (near the café) on Friday 24th January 2020, 12 noon. There will be a 5 minute briefing and then we will walk around Gordon Square, through Woburn Square, finishing in Russell […]

Storm damage in Russell Square

The unseasonal gales at the end of last week caused problems around the country and also brought down a large plane tree on the south side of Russell Square, catching a taxi in its branches. Fortunately the driver escaped unhurt. One resident said he was lucky to be away or his car would certainly have […]

Sharing Repton: Russell Square

London Parks & Gardens Trust invite you to take a minute to enjoy this short video of their visit to Russell Square with local refugee groups – an uplifting day for everyone! The pilot was part of Sharing Repton, a project after Repton’s bicentenary year last year, supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, […]

Bloomsbury walks during Urban Tree Festival 18 -19 May

Although the plane trees of Bloomsbury may be thought of as the distinctive feature of the area, two walks during this year’s Urban Tree Festival will also focus on the other interesting trees (and more) in three local squares. The walks are being offered by Camden Guides at 11.30 am to 12.45 on Saturday and […]

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 […]

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 […]