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Subject tag: Broomfield Park

22 June 2016

A wildlife haven in Conway RecThe latest mini-film produced by Palmers Green Tales tells the story of how the pond in the recreation ground off Conway Road was restored by the Friends of Conway Rec.  Following some repair work carried out by the council, the pond had become simply a barren stretch of water.  The film describes the ingenious techniques used by the Friends to restore it to its former role as a wildlife haven. An annual visitor is a female mallard, who hatches a brood of.......

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30 May 2016

When Bob Mitchell started his job as a gardener in Broomfield Park he was one of twelve people employed by the council to care for the park.  That was in 1984.  32 years later, many of the people whose work keeps the park looking beautiful are volunteers, members of the Friends of Broomfield Park. Chris Kaufman (left) presents Bob Mitchell with a retirement present on behalf of the Friends of Broomfield ParkNevertheless, there is a big difference between what can be done by volunteers.......

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22 May 2016

The ducks already have, and they seem to like it. The Broomfield Orchard team will be working on the pond on Sunday afternoons - 2pm to 4.30pm.  And they're always on the lookout for more volunteers - contact ........

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12 April 2016

Many of you will have heard about the plans of the Friends of Broomfield Park to create a wildlife pond and a community growing space in the park. Well, it is about to happen. Do you fancy helping to create the new wildlife pond and community growing space in Broomfield Park? The pond and growing space will be located between the tennis courts and the orchard. The location of the growing space and wildlife pond - and what they might look like 1. Marking out, stripping the turf and.......

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29 March 2016

Storm Katie arrived in London on Sunday night/Monday morning and did a fair amount of damage.  On the Friends of Broomfield Park Facebook page Tomas Adomaitis has posted photographs of the effect on the recently planted lime trees in Broomfield Park.  Obviously, it doesn't compare to a pub having its roof ripped off (elsewhere in London), but it's a pity.  Hopefully, the Council will be able to fix the ten or so trees that were.......

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23 March 2016

Easter Sunday is the last Sunday in March and therefore the last chance to see this month's Spirals of Life sculptures in Broomfield Conservatory before they give way to the April exhibits. The March exhibits are sculptures of lilies and ferns created by Cathy Taylor and June Dawes. Cathy writes: "Ferns first caught my eye in the beautiful La Mortella Gardens in Ischia, Italy, where the fronds of giant tree ferns interlaced against the sky. Tree ferns are a very old form of life, familiar.......

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22 March 2016

The fourth annual photographic competition held by the Friends of Broomfield Park has been announced.  Visitors to the Park are invited to take photographs while there and submit them in one of two categories:  Adults and Under 16s. The competition runs until 4th August, after which a shortlist of entries will be exhibited in Broomfield Conservatory.  Visitors to the Conservatory will be able to cast votes for their favourite photographs. Last year's competition was won by.......

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02 March 2016

The first month of this year's Artist-in-Residence scheme in Broomfield Conservatory was brought to a close with a very popular drop-in workshop, giving visitors an opportunity to learn how to create ceramic leaves. Cathy Taylor's five-month residency goes by the overall title "Spirals of Life", each month having a different theme, but all within the overall concept of "biological sculptures". Cathy's report on last Sunday's workshop: "The ceramics leaf-making workshop in the Conservatory in.......

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02 March 2016

The Friends of Broomfield Park have written to Enfield councillors to express serious concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the management and upkeep of parks in the borough and on Broomfield Park in particular - "one of the jewels in the borough's crown". The letter from the Friends, sent ahead of last week's full meeting of the Council, listed some of the impacts which the proposed cuts would have:  reductions in grass cutting in parks, use of volunteers to pick up litter after.......

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18 February 2016

Two of the jewels in the crown of Broomfield Park, the Greenery café and the Conservatory, were broken in to on the night of 17/18 February. Both of these are run on a non-profit making basis by teams of volunteers. The Greenery suffered the most damage. A tree trunk seat was thrown through one window and another window was broken, probably as an easier exit route. The tree trunk was thrown through with enough force to break the metal security bars on the inside of the window. The trunk.......

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09 February 2016

Exciting news from Broomfield Conservatory:  the Thumbergia Mysorensis is flowering! If you'd like to see this exotic vine in bloom, head for Broomfield Park on Wednesday or Sunday afternoon, between 2pm and 4pm, when the Conservatory is opened to visitors by the Friends of Broomfield Park. As its name suggests, the Thumbergia Mysorensis is native to India, though it is also cultivated in southern Spain.  Alternative names include Mysore Trumpetvine, Indian Clock Vine, Brick and.......

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27 January 2016

Broomfield Conservatory's artist in residence for 2016 is Cathy Taylor.  In conjunction with fellow Friend of Broomfield Park June Dawes, she will be exhibiting her botanical sculptures set among the hothouse plants in Broomfield Conservatory.  The exhibition - Spirals of Life -  starts this Sunday (31st January) and continues until the end of June.  Between now and then visitors will see a varying display of sculptures on a background of a changing display of flowering.......

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21 January 2016

An undercover film crew have revealed the existence of a strange sect in Broomfield Park. Footage filmed last weekend shows grown men and women dancing around an apple tree decorated with pieces of dry toast. Further investigations have discovered that this is an ancient ceremony known as wassailing, which also involves music and consumption of alcoholic beverages made from apple juice.  The people taking part are clearly attempting to hide their identities by wearing hats and scarves but.......

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29 November 2015

The Friends of Broomfield Park have published a gallery of photographs taken at this year's ceremony in the park's Garden of Remembrance, along with a full report on the ceremony. Links Report Photograph gallery.......

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28 November 2015

Within the next few weeks Enfield Council is hoping to start work to restore the double avenue of trees in Broomfield Park which extends in a straight line across the whole of the top field from the western edge of the Park in the direction of the ornamental ponds and remains of Broomfield House.  The avenues and the remains of a former "causeway" running between the tree lines are regarded as important features relating to the Park's Baroque history. The existing avenue of lime trees.......

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11 November 2015

Photograph:  Alan Wexler (an entry in the 2015 Friends of Broomfield Park photo competition) Broomfield Park could be named as the UK’s Best Park, in a new award programme set up by a national charity, Fields in Trust. The nomination, by one of the park’s users, says:  It has everything: three ponds for ducks, remote control boats and meditating by, bandstand with summer concerts, grass for games, grass for picnics, community orchard and cafe, remains of Tudor house,.......

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07 November 2015

As previously reported, in the run-up to Christmas the Cards For Good Causes card and gift shop is again open at Palmers Green United Reformed Church in Fox Lane.  And this year the shop is selling a card featuring one of the highlights of Broomfield Park - the beautiful Conservatory that is maintained by the Friends of Broomfield Park. 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdaysuntil 12th DecemberPalmers Green United Reformed ChurchFox Lane/Burford Gardens The photograph on the card,.......

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13 October 2015

Chickenshed reveal a little of their specially commissioned Tales from the Shed : The Thing that Goes Bump in the Night (And Other Things) (And Other Bumps). Screamingly scary! Chickenshed (Registered Charity No. 1012369) are the 2015 recipients of Scream Aid. You can text to donate to Chickenshed. Simply text the code and amount (CHSH11 £___) to 70070 and they will receive your donation straight away - whether you plan to Scream or not because this is our newHalloween of Giving. A.......

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08 September 2015

Congratulations to Phillip and the whole Palmers Green Festival team for yet another brilliant Festival.  How did they manage to get the weather to cooperate so well? The photos below say more about the Festival than any amount of words.  These are just a few from a big selection in the official Festival Photo Gallery.  See if you can spot yourself there! Do you have a great photo that you took yourself?  If so, you can upload it to our forums or Facebook page........

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03 September 2015

Starting this week, local people will be asked by Enfield Council to give their views about what should be done with the fire-damaged remains of Broomfield House.  The consultation - oneline and by post - will also ask about options for the future of the historic Stableyard and of Broomfield Park as a whole. This Sunday's Palmers Green Festival will provide an opportunity to find out more about the house and future options.  Enfield Council will have a stall where you'll be able to.......

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