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Photographs of two beautiful plants that are flowering now in Broomfield Conservatory. On the left, an Epiphyllum. Below, a Gloriosa Vine. The Conservatory is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 4.30pm.  (Please note, it will not be open on 3rd and 10th June because of work to install the former toilet railings from the Triangle.) Iqbal from the Friends of Broomfield Park's Conservatory Group comments:  "Gloriosa superba is the national flower.......

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If you're a regular visitor to Broomfield Park, you're probably familiar with the pair of Egyptian Geese that were frequently seen there.  Sad to say, there is now only one of these good-looking birds. Egyptian geese in Broomfield Park during February 2013The death of one of the Egyptian Geese was noted by Derek Honnor of the Friends of Broomfield Park.  Derek posts a monthly report on bird sightings in the Park, which you can find on noticeboards and also on the Friends of Broomfield.......

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How well do you know your birds and birdsong?  Les Edwins of the Friends of Firs Farm is also a local RSBP representative and is organising a bird survey in Firs Farm this month. It will require early morning visits to Firs Farm between 5 and 6 am to identify birds by sight or sound and recording when they were seen and whereabouts in the park they were. If you have don't mind the early start and are interested in helping with this, please get in touch to find out more and the proposed.......

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Within a few days of the news that the Friends of Broomfield Park had succeeded in a bid for Enfield Residents Priority Fund money for the Conservatory railings, the energetic park protectors were again celebrating - this time for being awarded a further £5000 from the fund to help create a wildlife pond. Artists' imprssion of the Conservatory Railings projectAnd last week the Friends also got the go-ahead from Enfield Council for an extension of the wildflower meadow on the Aldermans Hill.......

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The Friends of Firs Farm Park are celebrating the success of their campaign to revitalise this large green space on the Winchmore Hill/Edmonton borders.  The Firs Farm Wetlands scheme gathered the highest number of votes from members of the public among the projects shortlisted for money from the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund II. As the result of a vigorous campaign by the Friends , the project received more than 2000 votes and has been awarded the highest amount available - £175,000........

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The Consortium of Friends of Enfield's Parks has launched a public campaign in opposition to Enfield Council's plan to leave pedestrian gates to parks unlocked overnight. The Consortium is asking people to sign an online petition which reads as follows: Enfield Council is planning to withdraw all night locking from 22 parks in the borough. If implemented,the pedestrian gates of those parks that have always been locked would be left open all night. This decision has caused alarm amongst local.......

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Enfield Council is running a public consultation to gauge views about an application for funding for improvements to children's play facilities in three local parks. Hazelwood Recreation Ground, Tatem Park and Grovelands Park Play Areas The Friends of Hazelwood Recreation Ground, Tatem Park and Grovelands Park are proposing to improve the play areas in these parks and they need your help to apply for funding. The groups are looking for people’s views and comments on the current play.......

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The Friends of Hazelwood Recreation Ground are currently preparing a funding application to a charitable foundation for £50,000 to improve the playground in the Rec, including installing new play equipment. In order to succeed, it is necessary for the Friends to consult local residents and users of the recreation ground and demonstrate that the new equipment is needed and that the project has public support. Enfield Council has set up a web page for the consultation and members of the public.......

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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.......

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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.......

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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.......

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