Park Flowers Like the Rain

There are good things about a rainy summer. The bed tended by our volunteers near Charlotte Terrace can be a tough one given park traffic. But this summer it came into its own with glorious flowers. Yellow daisies and golden rod grew tall with the moisture. The buddleia thrived with dark purple blooms that the butterflies love. Teasels sprang up just in the right place. It’s a good place for pollinators.

The big bed in the children’s playground is also looking good. There are purple Russian sages, white phlox and cosmos, yellow loosestrife and marigolds from seed. Again it’s nature friendly – good for bees and butterflies. There is a cross path for children so they mingle with the flowers.

Yellow daisies and golden rod in the Charlotte Terrace Bed

And buddleia and teasel…

Children’s playground nature friendly garden

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Summer Fun for Kids

Here are two more free activities for children in Barnard Park in August:

Barnard Adventure Playground is running a free summer programme for children aged 6–13. Kids can enjoy the playground’s amazing play frame plus games and art projects. The Playground’s holiday schedule is Monday to Friday: Session 1 – 10:30am–1:30pm, Stay and Eat – 1:30–2:30pm, Session 2 – 2:30–5:30pm. You must register for a session: press here. 

Bright Start is offering a free summer holiday stay and play session for families with children up to 8 years in the grounds of the One O’Clock Club. The sessions are set for Monday, 1–2.30pm, Thursday 10.30am to 12 noon until 27 August. The outdoor sessions include a free ‘lunch in a bag’ for children. Thursday sessions offer song and movement. Press here for contact details.

Come play in our neighbourhood

The Adventure Playground is the place to be for imaginative play

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Wonderful Water Feature

There is a lot happening in Barnard Park this summer. For children, there are free activities in Barnard Park. The new water feature is operating in the children’s playground from 11am to 7pm. There are water jets and overhead buckets of water that rain down. Good times!

Have a splash around!

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Coffee and Snacks in the Park

Fancy a coffee? Just ask Shana for one. There is now a coffee and bagel van in the park for the summer. Swash & Jones will be serving from 8am-6pm six days a week. Shana is deciding which day she will take off. There are coffees, teas, delicious snacks and toasted bagels. So stop by on the way to work, walking your pup or on your visit to the park.

Treat yourself! Stop by for a coffee or cake.

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Latest Barnard Park Consultation

The long-awaited regeneration of Barnard Park is moving ahead. Momentum exists to complete the project after many, many years. It would be an extremely valuable resource for the community.

A consultation on the most recent changes to the Barnard Park masterplan will be open for comment for 4 weeks closing on 26 July 2021. The survey is asking for local views on changes to park pathways and entrances as well as ecological improvements, including an orchard, native hedgerows and a wildflower meadow.

The changes are in response to advice from the Council’s planning team as part of the pre-application process to submit a planning application for the project.

The public engagement exercise will not include discussions of a 9-a-side pitch and the hub building, elements of the plan which have already been extensively consulted upon. The aim is to submit the plans for planning approval in late summer 2021 with working starting in the spring 2022.

Please add your views to the survey, which can be found on the council web site. The web site also addresses frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, email barnardparkimprovements@islington.gov.uk.

Have your say on Park Masterplan changes –Survey closes on July 26

 

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A Flash of Yellow

Street joy – crocus on Copenhagen Street

Yellow crocus are bringing cheer to the streetscape at a Barnard Park entrance on Copenhagen Street. You may have passed by the crocus patch. Our volunteers planted 1000 crocus and daffodils this winter as part of the ‘We are Cally’ project. The purpose of this initiative is to make improvements on Caledonian Road and nearby areas. One goal is to strengthen community connections and links with the local parks. The daffs we planted will bloom shortly to brighten up the view from Hemingford Road into the park.

Volunteers dig in daffs to be seen from Hemingford Road

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Spring Flower Show Brings Cheer

 

Snowdrops and primulas in the Barnsbury Road border

Spring is here. Even the pandemic can’t stop it! The border along Barnsbury Road in Barnard Park has been blooming since January. Perhaps it brightened up your day if you were passing by. There have been masses of snowdrops and white flowering hellebores to enjoy and yellow crocus around the lime trees.

Next up soon you’ll be able to see bluebells and the purple flower balls of alliums in bloom. Our volunteers were busy all year weeding, mulching and watering to make this spring display. And now it’s showtime. If you would like join in park gardening, just email us at friends@barnardpark.org.

Yellow crocus ring the limes trees

A bright crocus carpet

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Join us for the FoBP AGM on Nov 19

Hello everyone,

The Friends of Barnard Park will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday November 19 at 7:30pm. Due to the pandemic, the meeting will be held on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. We would much prefer to hold the meeting in the park but sadly that is not now possible.

You can download the Zoom app on your computer, tablet or smartphone or access it via your browser on your computer. It is easy to use. To attend the meeting, please email us at friends@barnardpark.org. We will send you an invitation with the AGM Zoom link along with information on how the app and the meeting will work. Written questions can also be submitted via email, and will be answered at the meeting.

If access is a problem for anyone wanting to attend the meeting, please let FoBP know and we will try to find a solution. Should there be demand, we will look into audio phone access to the meeting for those without other options. Our hope is to make the meeting as inclusive as possible given the difficult situation with Covid-19.

The agenda will comprise:

1) Welcome
2) Agreeing the Minutes of the AGM 2019
3) Election/re-election of committee members
4) Election/re-election of officers (Chair, Secretary, Vice Chair, Treasurer)
5) Chair’s report on the period May 2019/Nov 2020
6) Treasurer’s Report May 2019/Nov 2020
7) Gardening Report
8) Any Other Business

Nominations are open for the park committee. If you wish to stand please contact us at friends@barnardpark.org. It’s your park.

We will deal with any questions arising at the meeting. But it would help to have them in advance given that this meeting will be accessed remotely.

Hope to see you at the AGM in the new normal.

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Growing Veg in the Playground

Children in the Adventure Playground had a good vegetable harvest this year. The young gardeners dug out buckets full of potatoes to eat. They also had a great time. The kids are back in the Adventure Playground after a closure in spring due to Covid-19. The Playground is open to children from age 6 to 13 for play after school and during school holidays. It is a vital resource for parents. Over half-term, the children will be planting onions and daffodil bulbs.

Friends of Barnard Park sadly can no longer work directly with the kids due to pandemic restrictions. It’s a loss because our volunteers enjoy working with the children. The kids like it too. But volunteers continue to tend the playground gardens and help with ground maintenance of the site. Vegetables and herbs grown in the wooden garden boxes around the playground amphitheatre include rhubarb, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, sage, and mint.  The volunteers are also making compost to improve the soil.

The girls wash fresh potatoes getting the spuds ready for cooking

 

 

 

 

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Good Vibe and Park Gardening

Spring flowering border on Barnsbury Road

There’s been a silver lining to the Covid-19 lockdown in Barnard Park. It has brought many new people into the community green space. The children’s playground and the Adventure Playground are closed for the moment. But the main park is buzzing on sunny days filled with families and parkgoers enjoying the outdoors, doing exercise and running. It’s a friendly atmosphere. Almost everyone has obeyed the rules.

Park gardening volunteers have just kept gardening. Social distancing is not a problem with this outdoor activity. Volunteers tend four park garden areas including a spring flower border the length of Barnsbury Road under the lime trees. Charlotte Terrace residents have nurtured a lovely pink rose hedge in their patch. Our volunteers in the Adventure Playground are growing beans, tomatoes and other vegetables for the children when they come back.

Thank you for all the kind comments about the gardening. It’s all about making the park a welcoming space.

Beans and tomatoes growing for Adventure Playground kids

Pinks roses to enjoy from Charlotte Terrace residents

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