Friends of Barnard Park AGM

The Friends of Barnard Park will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm on Monday May 13th in the Adventure Playground Building just off Copenhagen Street inside the park perimeter on the right as you enter from Charlotte Terrace. There will be an update on regeneration, community gardening and plans for pop-up events on June 1 and 8. Tea, coffee, wine and snacks will be served. Copies of the new revised Constitution, which is an updated version of the Constitution of 2004, will be available to read prior to voting on its adoption.

The agenda will comprise:-

1) Welcome
2) Agreeing the Minutes of the AGM 2018 (Copies provided)
3) Election of committee members
4) Election/re-election of officers (Chair, Secretary, Deputy Chair, Treasurer)
5) Chair’s report on the period March 2018/May 2019
6) Acting Treasurer’s Report March 2018/May 2019
7) Gardening Report
8) Guest Reports on Regeneration – Councillor Rowena Champion; Bhupesh Thapa, Central Assistant Parks Manager Environment & Regeneration; Matthew Hill, Project Manager, followed by Q&A
9) Vote on new Constitution
10) Any Other Business

The meeting should end before 9:30pm. The building must be vacated by 10pm.

We hope to see you there. It’s your local park!

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Adventure Growing Project

Summer salads for healthy eating

Our volunteers are planting vegetables with the Adventure Playground children, a continuation of a project first began with Thornhill School last year. There will be beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and other veg along with herbs. Last year we harvested three buckets of potatoes! The spuds were made into potato cakes by the community group Octopus for the kids. This year we have built some amazing frames for growing beans.

The volunteers also worked last year in conjunction with Willoughby, contractors from the Google roof garden project in Kings Cross. Google generously donated services and plants for a Playground landscape upgrade. Willoughby is a contractor for the Chelsea Flower Show. As a result of the donation, there is now a seating area with a curved natural stone bench and new beds of grasses, herbs and flowering ground cover.

Lovely stone seat and fire pit for kids

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Spring Blooms on Barnsbury Road

Lush border brightens up the day for passers by

Delightful flowers have bloomed throughout this warm spring in Barnard Park. Volunteers now tend a number of park garden areas. But truly gorgeous this year is the border under the lime trees along Barnsbury Road. Snowdrops, daffodils, hellebores and other blooms have appeared with colourful foliage plants. There were also bright yellow crocus that popped up around the base of the limes. The border has made the park more welcoming and is a source of cheer from those passing by. After a number of years, the plants in this border have grown now to fill the space. Plants are now being divided and shared with Thornhill Road Gardens. Spread the joy!

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Blooming Gold for Barnard Park Gardeners

Top marks for volunteer gardeners


Barnard Park have received a gold award in Islington in Bloom for the second year in a row. Gold is a very high standard. Hundreds of hours of work and much skill by volunteers make the park’s creative gardening areas bloom. It’s a challenging environment but the efforts are worth it. Park goers enjoy the beauty spots which provide colour and interesting foliage throughout the seasons. They tell us!

So congrats to volunteer gardeners who now tend four garden areas in the park. The growing areas include a street-long spring border on Barnsbury Road, a vibrant bed in the children’s playground and a central bed of contrasting shrubs and flowers. Residents of Charlotte Terrace cultivate the fourth area – garden spaces near their flats planted with fruit trees and roses. It’s lovely to have cared for landscaping to enjoy when you walk through the park.

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Two in a Row! More Pop-Up Fun June 9

Drums and dance from Amberliegh

It was another sunny Saturday for the second Barnard Park pop-up with live music and loads of activities for kids. Our partner Barnard Adventure Playground offered its own special brand of fun. On the green, children were enchanted with Mr Bubbles and his bubble extravaganza. There were bouncy castles for small fry jumping and a bike to create spin art. Kids made pots with Pauline from Happy Pots.

Oxjam hosted live music throughout the day. Amberleigh Drummers were a percussion hit. There was dance from Afrobeats and the Young Actors Theatre. Les and Tina bought mellow sounds from the Cally Road. From Oxjam, performers included Graham Jones, Patty Paige, Unique Technique and the Argonauts.

For flower lovers, there were self-guided tours of the park’s three volunteer garden areas included in the Open Garden Squares Tour.

All in all, it was a fab day for 300 plus children and adults. Families enjoyed a relaxed afternoon picnicking across the park. See you next year!

Mr Bubbles, the pied piper of bubbles



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Summer Fun at June 2 Pop-Up

Great times in Barnard Park at the Pop-Up on Saturday, June 2. Three hundred visitors enjoyed the sunshine and free activities organised by the Friends of Barnard Park in partnership with the Adventure Playground.

Mrs. H and the Sing-along Band had the children singing and dancing in the aisles of the Playground amphitheatre. Big birds from Falconry UK delighted parkgoers who could hold an eagle, owl or vulture on a gauntlet. The Islington Swifts Project was there too.

Nearby in the park was Scruffs dog show where local pups tested out an agility course and offered their best trick. It was a lovely to see children enjoying animals in a friendly environment. Corsican Brass performed in the afternoon serenading parkgoers in the café. The bakers went all out to produce tasty treats. Lovely day.

The joyous sound of Mrs H and the Sing-along Band

Making friends with an owl by Falconry UK

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What’s On at the Pop-Ups

It’s a great line-up for the Pop-Ups on Saturdays June 2 & June 9. Enjoy some old favourites and new attractions too.

THIS Saturday children will be dancing in the aisles of the Adventure Playground amphitheatre with Mrs. H and the Sing-along Band at 11am. Falconry UK will be there with a Big Bird display. Get up close to an eagle. The Adventure Playground will be open for families with their own brand of fun. Will the kids be toasting marshmallows or making slime? Local dogs get a chance to strut their stuff on the obstacle course at Scruffs. Corsican Brass add some brass in an afternoon performance. Tea and delicious cakes will be waiting at the cafe. All in the park!

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2018 Barnard Park Pop-Ups June 2 and 9

Summer dog fun at Scruffs


The two Barnard Park Pop-Up events this year will be on Saturday June 2 and 9 from 11am to 4pm. Save the date! We have a terrific line-up. It’s free fun. Attractions include a brass band, Mr Bubbles, Scruffs dog show, bouncy castles and a big bird show. Ms H and the Singalong Band will perform on June 2. The events are in partnership with the Adventure Playground which will lead their own brand of exciting play.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help. Contact us at Join the party.

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Back to Nature at the Adventure

It’s creepy crawlies that fascinate young gardeners from Thornhill School

Children from Thornhill School are learning gardening skills at the Adventure Playground in Barnard Park. Jo Murray from the Friends of Barnard Park is leading a group of young gardeners. Fourteen kids from Year 5 and 6 alternate weeks in a school programme aimed at greater community involvement. There were lots of winter chores to do at the Playground – litter picking, leave raking, composting and weeding. And the kids are up for it.  There is a particular fascination with worms which improve the soil. The school children have made bird feeders with Jazz and Karon from the park department. With spring coming, the next tasks will be planting up the wooden boxes around the playground amphitheatre and a terraced area nearby. Edibles plants – potatoes, green beans and chilies – will be put in the ground soon. Children in the Playground will then use these plants in cooking. There’s an outdoor pizza oven and herbs now growing will be a delicious addition

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Friends of Barnard Park AGM

The Friends of Barnard Park will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday 15th March at Church on the Corner. The Church is located on the corner of Barnsbury Road and Copenhagen Street, opposite the Adventure Playground.

The agenda will be:
1) Presentation of accounts
2) (Re) Election of committee members
3) (Re) Election of officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer)
4) Plans for Pop-Up events in June
5) Update on community gardening
6) Any Other Business

Tea and coffee will be served. Come and join us. Support your local park!

*Due to a lack of availability of booking dates at the Church on the Corner, our AGM is two weeks later than constitutionally indicated.

What’s happening at the pop-up events in June?

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