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As a further cost-cutting measure in response to severe cutbacks in funding by central government, Enfield Council is considering closing toilets in some of its parks. The following report is taken from the Fox Lane Residents' Association website and was published on 30th March. LB Enfield is reviewing the provision of park toilets, in light of the cost of maintaining the service and also the problem of vandalism. Of the current 16 toilet facilities, one has already been identified for full.......

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If you were wondering why trees and undergrowth are being cleared next to the section of the New River that runs parallel and close by Green Lanes, it's to create what is in effect a mini-park, with a path running between Barrowell Green and Carpenter Gardens, new trees that will provide better sight lines and new seating. The improvement works are a joint project between Enfield Council and Thames Water. An artist's impression of the improved green space, from the Carpenter Gardens end.......

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The following article by Richard McKeever is cross posted from Bowes & Bounds Connected We have had previous contributions on the forum about the project to declare London a National Park City. This is a grassroots movement which has captured the imagination of the capital. Over 85% of polled Londoners and Mayor Sadiq Khan support the aims to connect more of us with nature, make the majority of London green and to celebrate living within a special habitat. London is Europe’s.......

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The Friends of Broomfield Park launch their 2017 season of special events in Broomfield Conservatory this Sunday, starting with a Sketching Workshop. The workshop is suitable for people of all ages and there'll be paper and pencils available, or you can bring your own coloured crayons or pastels.  If you need any help, artist Cathy Taylor will be along to advise and assist. Later special Conservatory events include live music, a children's event - Plant a Turf Head, various plant sales,.......

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The Remembrance Garden Temple A campaign by the Friends of Broomfield Park to restore the Park's Remembrance Garden has finally succeeded.  Enfield Council notified the Friends this week that the War Memorial Trust has agreed to a grant of £63,270 to the Council.  This represents 75 per cent of the total cost - the remainder will be paid by the Council War Memorial Temple - roof repairs and new stained glass windows replicating the original design. Memorial cairn - repair of.......

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Bowes Meadow, showing the play spacePalmers Green has a new park!  Not large, but very welcome nonetheless, and fitted out with a modern multi-use games area and play space, paid for by Fairview Homes at a cost of £140,000. Site of Bowes Meadow (imagery and map data (c) Google 2016)Bowes Meadow is just south of the North Circular, at the end of Cherry Blossom Close and Millicent Grove and occupies the field that you walk past before crossing the Pymmes Brook if you use the footpath.......

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Enfield Council has launched a new consultation to gauge views about events held in the borough's parks.  Responses will guide the drafting of a Park Events Strategy document covering the period 2017 to 2022. The Palmers Green Festival - one of the most successful events in an Enfield park, but probably also one of the least disruptive to park goers and nearby residentsA brief introduction and link to the online survey can be found on the Council website.  The deadline for responses.......

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The banana plant in Broomfield Conservatory has had a big bunch of fruit hanging from it for several months.  The bananas have grown steadily larger, but stayed green, until a week or two ago.  Now they are begining to ripen, as you can see from this photo. So get round to the Conservatory while they're still there! Broomfield Conservatory is maintained by volunteers and is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm........

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"Towards Alexandra Palace" by Christine Matthews - an entry in the 2016 Friends of Broomfield Park photo competition Voting is now under way for the 2016 Fields in Trust award for the UK's Best Park and Broomfield Park is among 30 London parks that have been nominated this year. Voting will close at 5pm on Wednesday 9th November. The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted. Their nominators will be invited to attend the.......

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The Friends of Broomfield Park have announced the results of their 2016 Photo Competition. The winner in the Adult category was Munise Cebesi for entry No 47: The winner in the Under 16 category was Alize Akturk for a photograph entitled Perspective Runners up in the adult category were David Sumeray (entry No 13) and Sandra Roberts (entry No 29). The winners were selected using a two-stage process:  first the Friends' committee members selected a shortlist of photographs, which.......

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Broomfield Community Orchard was awarded Silver for its horticultural contribution to the local community Broomfield Park has had another triumphant year in the Enfield in Bloom competition, winning Gold for Best Maintained Park.  Another Gold went to Broomfield Conservatory for its Exceptional Horticultural Contribution to the Community, while Broomfield Community Orchard was awarded Silver in the same category. Both the Conservatory and Orchard are run by volunteers from the.......

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The campaigning organisation 38 Degrees is running a campaign to persuade the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee to recommend that protecting Britain's public parks be made a legal requirement. Save our parks To all MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee Petition text Make protecting our parks a legal requirement. Why is this important? Parks matter, and they belong to all of us. Whether it's a playground to take our children to at the weekends,.......

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The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat. Inquiry: Public parks Communities and Local Government Committee Public parks inquiry The Committee looks at how parks should be supported now and in the future. This includes studying alternative management and funding models, such as a mutual or a.......

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James Downing (left) and Graham Deal display the Green Flag newly awarded to Broomfield Park At a special cream tea held in the shade of trees by the boating pond, Friends of Broomfield Park yesterday said goodbye to two good friends who arrived carrying a special green flag. The cream tea was served by the Greenery Community Cafe, the two good friends were James Downing and Graham Deal, both employees of Enfield Council, and the green flag was the official emblem of the Green Flag Award,.......

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