Parks & Open Space

After a very successful Sunday entertaining children with Floating Lanterns on the Model Boating Pond, the Friends of Broomfield Park are preparing to brief the public about the many projects that they are involved in. A floating lantern on Broomfield Model Boating Pond - the new improved 2015 design impressed with its increased top speed!At their quarterly Open Meeting at the Ruth Winston Centre tonight (Monday) the Friends will report on developments in Broomfield Conservatory and the.......
Friends of Broomfield Park are looking for volunteers to help them launch their latest project - creating a Community Growing Space on an area next to Broomfield Community Orchard. A typical growing spaceThe Friends recently reached agreement with Enfield Council to take over an area of the Park measuring approximately 20 by 40 metres, fenced on three sides and with an open, sunny, south-facing aspect.  It is sheltered from north winds by a laurel hedge.  An added advantage is the.......
Friends of Broomfield Park are hoping to find a new home for the decorative railings that until not long ago adorned the entrances to the subterranean Ladies and Gentlemen's toilets at Palmers Green Triangle. The planned new location is in front of the beautiful restored Conservatory in Broomfield Park, replacing the functional, but not exactly pretty, chainlink fence that currently protects the vulnerable building from vandals.  A suitable design has been devised, but more money is.......

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A project to create an attractive wetlands habitat from a previously underused green space has been shortlisted for support from the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund. Firs Farm, the open space to the south of Firs Lane on the Winchmore Hill/Edmonton border, has up to now  been associated mainly with football pitches and dog walking (though earlier in its history it was used as a shelter for prisoners of war).  However, its transformation is already under way, thanks to collaboration.......

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Enfield Council's plan to leave parks unlocked overnight will be discussed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday.  The meeting will be held in the Civic Centre at 7.30pm on 29th October. The proposal to cease locking parks for a trial period of one year is an economy measure -  a saving of £22.000 is anticipated.  The paper being considered on Wednesday envisages that vehicle entrances would still be locked overnight.  It also states that if a known specific.......

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In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, the Friends of Broomfield Park are hoping that money will be made available for the restoration of the Park's Garden of Remembrance, which has fallen into serious disrepair. Remembrance Garden pond with fountain (1930s)The bid for money is a joint project by the Friends and Enfield Council.  At the request of the Friends the Council last month applied to the War Memorials Trust for a grant of up to £30,000 to restore the.......
Despite being part of a big city, we're certainly not short of green space in Palmers Green and around.  Broomfield Park, Arnos Park and Grovelands Park immediately spring to mind, but the smaller patches of green are also very important.  Firs Farm Playing Fields is an excellent example of a smaller, but very attractive "green lung".  Like the bigger parks, it now has its own "Friends", a group being set up by local resident Toni Guiver.  The Friends of Firs Farm have their.......
Ahead of their quarterly open meeting next week, the Friends of Broomfield Park are celebrating their favourite green space's two Gold awards in this year's Enfield in Bloom competition. The Park won Gold in the Best Maintained Park category, while one of its most interesting features, the Broomfield Community Orchard, won Gold in the Innovative Growing Space category.  Another Broomfield Park attraction, the Broomfield Conservatory, was awarded Bronze for its Exceptional Horticultural.......
The sun came out for the special Love Parks Week events in Broomfield Park last Sunday, and so did the people. In Broomfield Conservatory, Marc Harris played and sang while visitors admired the Angels' Trumpets and many other plants. In the Community Orchard, there were apple cakes, apple wine, country dancing and "Celtic Folk Americana" played live. At the Bandstand, Bowes Park Folk Club gave their first event north of the North Circ. On the former Bowling Green, people were able to play.......
The beautiful Broomfield Conservatory is at its best in this sunny weather.  Both visitors and the conservatory's collection of exotic plants are enjoying the light and warmth, and currently there's an extra treat for visitors - an exhibition of photographs submitted to the Friends of Broomfield Park's second annual photocompetition. The Friends' committee members have, with great difficulty, shortlisted eleven of the 85 entries to the competition, printed them out and put them on display.......
Two new projects will be described at the quarterly Open Meeting held by the Friends of Broomfield Park, which will take place at 7.30pm next Wednesday (26th February) at the Ruth Winston Centre. © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceThe first new project is looking into the possibility of using the former bowling green for games, sports and fitness activities for people of all ages - these might include tai chi, yoga, croquet and skittles........
Woodcroft Wildspace volunteer teams are continuing work to improve the former sports ground in Winchmore Hill which they have been converting into an area where people can take pleasure in nature, as well as learning about insects, birds, small mammals, pond life, plants and trees. The Friends of Woodcroft Wildspace have been in existence since 2003 and now number 1000 members. Since 2004 they have been gradually working towards the plan shown on the map. Last year the future continuation of.......