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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.......

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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.......

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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........

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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.......

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has begun to try to secure the future of the 800-year-old Minchenden Oak, which forms the centrepiece of the Minchenden Oak Garden in Waterfall Road, Southgate. The Minchenden Oak dates from the time of the ancient Forest of Middlesex and is one of the oldest in Greater London. In the 19th Century it was reported to be the largest oak in the UK. However, it has begun to subside recently and because of its size and proximity to homes, Enfield Council commissioned independent tree experts to.......

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Next weekend there is a rare opportunity to help create a new hedgerow of native plants in the rural depths of Palmers Green - to be precise, in Broomfield Park alongside Aldermans Hill and Powys Lane.  The work is being carried out by volunteers from the Friends of Broomfield Park, who have been given 420 "whips" - young bareroot saplings - by the Woodland Trust.  The volunteers will be planting eight types of tree - Elder, Hazel, Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Crab Apple, Birch, Rowan and.......

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The Friends of Broomfield Park have won three awards in this year's Enfield in Bloom competition: the Park itself was awarded Silver in the category for Maintained Parks Broomfield Community Orchard won Silver in the Innovative Growing Space category Broomfield Conservatory was awarded Bronze for its Exceptional Horticultural Contribution to the Local Community........

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Visitors to Broomfield Park this spring and summer will find the park rather less colourful than usual.  Funding cutbacks by Enfield Council have led to a two-thirds reduction in the number of bedding plants being planted out this year - across the Borough as a whole the budget allocation for flowers in parks has been reduced from £24,000 to £8,000.  The result will be many bare patches in the flower beds that are such an important part of the Broomfield Park experience........

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Between Sunday 14th April and Sunday 5th May visitors to Broomfield Conservatory will be able to view a display of the shortlisted entries for the photo competition organised by the Friends of Broomfield Park and vote for their favourite photo.  The photographs were all taken between August 2012 and the end of March and were all taken in Broomfield Park - but there is great variety in subject matter and photographic technique.  Some were taken by serious photographers using expensive.......

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