Subject tag: Broomfield Park

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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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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04 August 2015

As we confidently forecast in the weekly newsletter, last Sunday was hot and sunny and people turned out in droves to listen to the Broomfield Blues in Broomfield Park.  They also stopped by at the Community Orchard to admire the wildflowers, see how the apples were coming on, drink home-made apple wine and observe the insects in their bug hotel, the Bugsingham Palace.  A few visitors even tried their hand at croquet on the former bowling green.  And there were chilli plants on.......

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11 July 2015

It's just after a year since the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe opened in Broomfield Park - but work on this imaginative project goes back much longer.  It has transformed an abandoned toilet building into a top destination for visitors to the park. This video tells the story so far: {youtube}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n11o-kfFgdQ{/youtube} Just one of many videos about local people that you can watch on www.palmersgreentales.com. At the moment the Greenery is open on Saturdays,.......

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25 June 2015

As already announced, Silverfit Silver Fridays are about to be launched in Broomfield Park. Silverfit, a charity that promotes exercise and healthier lifestyles for older people, is looking for a volunteer to act as a "Silverfit Ambassador". Volunteer Positions: Silverfit Ambassadors Hours: 3 hours/week Silverfit isa charitable organisation promoting exercise and healthier lifestyles for older people. We need enthusiastic, highly motivated, enterprising individuals to be our Silverfit.......

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23 June 2015

Breaking with their tradition of running photographic competitions over the winter, the Friends of Broomfield Park have announced that this year the competition will take place during the summer. Prizes will be awarded in two categories:  Adults and Under 16s.  You can enter up to three pictures, which must be taken "of the Park or in the Park" between 1st June and the closing date for entries, which is 22nd August. All entries will be displayed on the Friends of Broomfield Park.......

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22 June 2015

Many people run, swim or cycle to raise money for charity, a few people do two out of three of these things and even fewer combine all three, but one grandmother who does is 72-year-old Eddie Brocklesby, Britain's oldest competing "Ironman" triathlete. And she only took up sport when she was over 50! Eddie, who recently was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s 100 Happy List 2015, said: "I only started running when I was 50, and competing in triathlons when I was sixty-two. You're never.......

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08 June 2015

Following lobbying by friends of parks groups and submission of public petitions, Enfield Council has modified the decision it took in 2014 to cease locking all parks overnight.  The new policy is to completely cease locking those parks where only some entrances have been locked, but to continue to completely lock parks where the practice has been to lock all entrances overnight. Broomfield Park will be locked overnight (photo by Belinda Robinson from the FoBP Facebook page)Now that there.......

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02 June 2015

The mysterious "Palmers Scream" scroll, discovered in Southgate Town Hall, says that "Broomfield should be a happy place. All effort should be taken to bring joy and merriment to its grasses throughout the year, for each smile reduces the power of the witches as they sleep."  One group of people who are rising to the challenge of "bringing joy and merriment to its grasses" are the Friends of Broomfield Park, who this year are extending the season of summer free musical events to take in.......

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24 May 2015

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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20 May 2015

Efforts are continuing to obtain the funds needed to restore Broomfield House.  In preparation for a probable public consultation exercise later in the year, a model of the house dating from 1951 (the model, that is - the house is rather older!) is to go on show.  It is hoped that a Conservation Management Plan for the whole of Broomfield Park, currently in development, will enable the Broomfield House Trust and Enfield Council to make a second, successful, bid for Heritage Lottery.......

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