Community gardening next Sunday 11 am

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! We popped to the square and took some pictures of all the pretty flowers popping up over there. Lindy, Ellen and Philip really did an excellent job planting all those bulbs!

Do remember that the community gardening day is next Sunday. We will meet at 11 am on the square.

I leave you with some pictures of the pretty.

Compost spreading

We seem to have finally gotten over the compost hill as GoodGym  came out in force to help us move the last of it off the lawn in preparation for the council’s work to aerate, scarify, level (with the correct compost!) and drill seed the lawn areas. You can read the GoodGym report here.

We have seen signs of (happy) life on the square as the spring flowers start poking their heads out and Hellebores and anemone continue to flower. We had a very successful planning meeting on the 22nd – thank you to everyone that attended.

Some exciting plans afoot- we will shortly be placing three options with planting layouts for the square on this site as well as the square itself and would greatly appreciate your feedback on which you think would be best for the park.

Don’t forget, it’s Community gardening this Sunday the 5th at 10 am!

I leave you with pictures of last night’s antics.

Merry Christmas and an opportunity to work off those mince pies!

Happy Christmas to everybody!

It’s been a busy year on the square but it’s not over yet! It seems we were slightly over-enthusiastic with the compost that was recently delivered, which means it has to now be moved from the lawn area to the borders which does give us a wonderful opportunity to get some post- turkey exercise.

Let’s gather at 10 am on December 29th and show our strength and get that compost moved. The council have very kindly promised to then help us level the ground properly and also aerate and reseed the lawn areas.



Preparing for a blooming spring

It has been a very very busy few weeks on the square.

During the community gardening day on December 4th we planted about 900 spring-flowering bulbs from the Taylor Bulbs of Spalding received free via the Bulbs for London scheme run by MPGA. Under Ellen’s watchful eye, the bulbs were planted at the appropriate depth so as to be properly squirrel-proof.

Just for extra awesome, Ellen has also planted hundreds of wallflowers throughout the square.

Last Friday, another long- awaited delivery arrived and we took in 14 tonnes of soil improver, delivered by London Waste as part of their Community Compost Giveaway scheme.

Given that we had been working towards receiving this delivery since about spring, we were still surprised when the notice of delivery was given only a few days in advance. Islington council were extremely helpful in lending us some wheelbarrows which Tony and Isobel kindly stored.

GoodGym were also quick to come to our rescue and posted a mission on their website which, due to the short notice and time of day was not terribly popular but yielded in a very very useful volunteer who helped us move all of the compost.

Well done, everyone! The square is now almost ready for spring and the compost smell is already fading.

Thank you so much!

So GGmany things to be thankful for this time!

First off, thank you so much, everyone who voted for us in the Grassroots Giving campaign from Skipton. We have been awarded one of their £500 grants and will put it to good use in beautifying the square.

The weekend before last we had a very successful gardening day where we collected a lot of lovely leaves and made some chicken wire rings to store them to make leaf mould which will be used to improve the soil.

In other news, it looks like there might finally be movement on the compost front as out Treasurer is valiantly taken on the quest to resolve all permission and logistics issues. Our next gardening day is December 4th – taking bets on whether or not we’ll have compost by then!

We also had a fantastic Halloween party with a great turn-out on October 30th. The parents were happily chatting as the kids pinned arms on skeletons and had a generally ghoulish time. Thank you to everyone who helped organise- specially the Foy/ Hehir household who did most of the heavy lifting.

A few (badly lit) pictures here:

Autumnal gardening tomorrow

Well it’s getting very very autumnal out there and on Sunday we will have many many leaves to tidy up. Last weekend, Merje and her little helper started some tidying by creating a cage for all the fallen leaves behind the rosebed so on Sunday we will be able to top it up with even more leaves as we tidy.

Still no news on compost delivery unfortunately so we may need to consider starting to plant in a smaller way and improving the soil by adding compost into the soil whilst planting.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

September is here

IMG_9332September has started and summer seems to be on its last legs. On Saturday, we visited our friends over at Arlington Square who put on an amazing fete, despite the precarious weather situation!

We did quite a lot of tidying on the Square n Sunday with Tony and Stephen tidying up around the edges of the square as well as doing some much- needed watering. Victoria and Merje, meanwhile, raked up all the leaves from the lawn- we were even joined by a resident of Wilton Villas who helped with the raking of the leaves. Victoria also bravely attacked the plane tree seedlings popping up around the square as James watered the lawn.


We also had a very productive meeting last Thursday. Below is what we discussed and agreed:

  • The point was raised that not all residents on the square had access to digital communication methods so we will attempt to do leafleting to notify people of the community gardening days. Starting next month, we will leaflet the local houses to let people know about the gardening days.
  • It appears that the council has agreed to install traffic lights on the corner of Baring street and New North Road and has also suggested that this would be an opportune time to create the pocket park around the three trees between New North Road and Wilton Villas. We will follow up on this to find out about the timelines so we have an idea of whether to plant more bedding plants under the trees for the winter.
  • We have chopped the twisty water hose in the box on the square and now seem to have decent water pressure- this is great but we will still need to buy a hose that doesn’t twist quite so much
  • The Baring Arms may have an additional box key left there by the previous owners
  • Skipton has put us through to the second round for the fundraising opportunity and the voting is now open. We will use all available channels to promote the voting link which is located here:
  • We will also look into the Tesco funding scheme
  • After discussing the situation with the tools on the square, it was decided that we could do with at least one set of tools permanently available on the square.
  • Now that the SLA and insurance are in place, we are finally in a position to order the compost and will set to getting this sorted as a priority. We will consider the planting scheme once that is done.
  • We decided that it would be nice to have some bulbs on the Baring street triangle and have allocated some budget for bulbs to go in the Baring street triangle and also in the squareIMG_9343
  • We will have two information plaques created – one for each entrance to the square. The exact wording of these is TBC but will follow the example of the sign on Rosemary Triangle and also include the address of this website.
  • We have previously discussed the idea of getting Wilton Square listed with the film council’s Islington site and are now in the process of doing this.
  • The history section of the website is currently rather limited and we are approaching some of the older residents on the square to see if they would be happy to be interviewed about the square.

Successful tidying with GoodGym

IMG_8081.JPGThis Monday, we had the pleasure of a very very useful visit from the runners of GoodGym who swung by to help us tidy up the square. The small helper was busy decorating the square when a group of runners in red tops appeared and got stuck into raking, chopping and weeding around the square- these guys are very useful! You can read all about their run on their website report here.

I have gotten in touch with another local square who also have the runners helping out to ask them for tips on how to make the most of this amazing (and fun!) resource as we will definitely be asking them to come and play again.

Meanwhile, a mysterious collection of black bags containing what looks like compost has arrived on the square- does anyone want to confess to delivering these? If nobody minds, I would love to dig it into the rose bed and plant some more flowering shrubs around there.

Also, please could you keep watering the flowers under the three trees between New North Road and Wilton Villas so they survive this heatwave? It would be a shame to lose them as they bring a lot of joy to the people who pass them daily.

I leave you with some pictures of Monday’s session: