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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yellow crocus ring the limes trees
A bright crocus carpet
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 email@example.com. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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
Pop-up Saturday on June 6 in Barnard Park has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. It’s sad. The musicians, Mr Bubbles and others were ready to go. The community really enjoys the fun. We do too. But the virus is life threatening and government restrictions are in place. So stay safe.
Sorry! The June Pop-Up has been cancelled
Bouncy Castles for the Small Ones
Save the date! Pop-up Saturday in Barnard Park is set for June 6 from 11am—5pm. This year there will be one SUPER Pop-Up instead of two. All our much-loved activities are happening on one Saturday. Mrs H and the Sing-along Band will head up a great music line-up. And there’s more. Exciting play in the Adventure Playground. The big bird show returns and so does Scruffs dog fun. Children will enjoy bouncy castles on the green, Mr Bubbles, pottery and crafts. Looking forward to it.
Despite the wild weather, the spring border along Barnsbury Road has flourished with snowdrops and white flowered hellebores cheering up those who walk by. Bright yellow crocuses circle lime trees beside the border to shout out spring. The early flowering border area is one of four park garden areas tended by volunteers who make Barnard bloom. The gardening crew won a gold award in 2019 from Islington in Bloom. Flowering plants grown in the park are being shared with nearby Thornhill Gardens and other spots. Volunteers also organise a vegetable growing project with the kids in the Adventure Playground. Busy gardeners!
Taqsim with a stunning Arabic sound
Music was fabulous at the June 8 park pop-up. The line-up included multi-cultural performers as well as pop and golden oldies. Visitors loved the sounds. Performers included Taqsim, a female Arabic fusion band with its own belly dancer. The Argonauts brought an upbeat vibe to the park. There was also the laid-back sounds of Patti Paige. Amberliegh shook it up with African drumming and dancing. London Dynamic Asian Arts was amazing with Bollywood songs and beautiful traditional dancers. Thank you Graham Jones for performing and mc-ing.
Mahamaya shares a Bollywood song with her son
Patti Paige delivers a soulful set
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! Photo by Lionel Osinnowo
It was breezy at the June 8 pop-up but that didn’t bother Mr. Bubbles. It just meant more bubbles for the children who couldn’t get enough of them. Mason and VJ gave kids a drill test in support of Combat Stress, a charity for veterans. It was a laugh! Pauline from Happy Pots made pottery with the little ones. There were crafts and stories with Alice and the local libraries. The Adventure Playground was buzzing with visitors exploring the play frames and special activities. The community gathered to chat and enjoy tasty home-made cakes at the cafe. With music and fun, it was great day for the family in the park.
Mason gets the children moving Photo by Lionel Osinnowo