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Friday 19th January 11am
Silverfit Silver Fridays Fun and Fitness Session
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Saturday 20th January
Palmers Greenery Café open 10am to 3.30pm
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Sunday 21st January
Broomfield Conservatory open from 2pm to 4pm
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Sunday 21st January
Palmers Greenery Café open 10am to 3.30pm
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Sunday 21st January 1.30 - 3.30pm
Wassail in Broomfield Community Orchard
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Wednesday 24th January
Broomfield Conservatory open from 2 to 4pm
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Wednesday 24th January
Palmers Greenery Café open 10am to 3.30pm
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Monday 29th January 7.30pm
Open Meeting of the Friends of Broomfield Park
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14 January 2018

Conservatory volunteers celebrate another successful year

broomfield conservatory volunteers january 2018Conservatory volunteers enjoy some rare January sun while celebrating another successful year

It has been another good year for the conservatory in Broomfield Park. Our team of volunteers, pictured above, welcomed over 7,000 visitors in 2017, an increase on 2016. We held various well attended events throughout the year including workshops on planting a turf head, sketching, jewellery making, cuttings and looking after orchids. Marc Harris provided live guitar music and vocals and of course we ran several fund raising plant sales.

Of particular interest this year were the different sizes and shapes of gourd, the revamped carnivorous plant collection and our pink banana flowered for the first time. Our efforts were recognised by Enfield in Bloom with a gold award - the cup features in the picture.

Despite the cold damp weather outside there is a lot in bloom now in the conservatory including the colourful ‘bird of paradise’. So come and see us Wednesday or Sunday afternoon 2-4 pm and watch out for our 2018 programme of events.

18 October 2017

2017 photo competition results announced

At their Open Meeting on 16th October the Friends of Broomfield Park presented prizes to winners of the 2017 Photo Competition.

The winning photographs were selected by inviting visitors to Broomfield Conservatory to vote for the favourite photos out of a shortlist of twelve entries on display.  Members of the FoBP committee whittled down the 141 entries submitted this year to create the shortlist.

The winning photograph in the Adult category was submitted by Phil Mariutto, who was unfortunately unable to attend the prizegiving.

2017_photocompetition_entry_122_by_phil_mariutto.jpgPhil Mariutto won first prize for this photograph (click on photo to enlarge)

The winner of the under 16s category was at the meeting to receive her prize.   Edith Mullen, aged 9, entered a photograph of a bee collecting pollen.

Photograph by Edith Mullen aged 9Prize-winning photograph by Edith Mullen aged 9 (click on photo to enlarge)

The second prize in the adult category went to Caroline Stone, who also submitted the third most popular entry.

Second prize photograph by Caroline StoneSecond prize photograph by Caroline Stone (click on photo to enlarge)

Third prize photo by Caroline StoneAnother photograph by Caroline Stone came third in the adult category
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You can see printouts of the twelve shortlisted photographs in Broomfield Conservatory for the next couple of weeks and all 141 entries on the Friends of Broomfield Park photo gallery.

10 October 2017

Help bring Minerva to life!

Broomfield House is a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century building, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. It was badly damaged by fire some 20 years ago. It remains held up by scaffolding and awaits restoration. This is now a matter of urgency.

Some of the most notable historical features of the house include the Baroque murals painted by the Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon in 1726. Lanscroon was one of the leading mural painters in his time. He also worked on murals at Windsor Palace, Hampton Court, Powis Castle and at Arnos Grove.

fragment of broomfield house muralMinerva's face revealed by trial removal of protective coating

The murals were salvaged and are now stored in pieces. The Broomfield House Trust wishes to fund a restoration of parts of the murals and mount an exhibition at the Dugdale Centre in 2018, where visitors will enjoy a glimpse of these beautiful works of art and learn more about the history of Broomfield House and the Park.

We hope the exhibition will help to ignite further interest in Broomfield House and our aim of raising funds to restore it as a heritage and learning centre for the community.


lanscroon mural restorers arte conservationTom Organ, Matt Organ and Rita Radovanovich of Arte Conservation with the packing cases where the mural remains are stored

***Arte Conservation has been working on the mural to test the removal of protective material. Our image shows the head of Minerva, the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom and the arts – seeing the light for the first time in over 30 years. Broomfield House Trust would use the £10,000 funds raised to fully restore this section of the mural dedicated to Minerva to its former glory.***

3 August 2017

Palmers Green Tales visits the Broomfield Community Orchard

Jenny Bourke's latest film on Palmers Green Tales tells the story of Broomfield Community Orchard.  Film footage and still photographs show the evolution of the former bowling green, which is now home to apple and pear trees, wild flowers and a bug hotel, and a venue for an annual round of pagan-derived events.

3 August 2017

Details of the proposed Broomfield Park Wetlands

Enfield Council and Thames 21 have now published their proposals for a wetlands scheme in Broomfield Park, designed to produce environmental benefits both locally and in the rivers Lea and Thames. There will be a consultation event in the park on 12th August or you can give your views online or by post.

map of broomfield park wetlands

Read more on the Palmers Green Community website.

5 July 2017

Bee keeping in Broomfield Community Orchard

Jenny Bourke and Susan Mehmet of Palmers Green Tales have been filming the bee keepers in the Community Orchard.

13 June 2017

Watch a video about volunteering in Broomfield Conservatory

The latest Palmers Green Tales video looks at the work of volunteers in Broomfield Conservatory. Watch the video on YouTube.

11 June 2017

Got an idea that will improve Brooomfield Park? Apply for funding from the Broomfield Park Micro Fund

The funding available is the profit generated by volunteers who run the Palmers Greenery Community Café in Broomfield Park. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to any group or individual seeking to enhance Broomfield Park and the park environment for the community.

Each application for funding will be considered without prejudice and on its own merit, whilst simultaneously taking a ‘whole park’ view to ensure investment is compatible with existing and planned park projects and activity.

All applications are reviewed and approved by an independent Allocation Committee composed of relevant park stakeholders and NOT the Palmers Greenery team.


Click here for the application form

10 June 2017

2017 FoBP Photo Competition

The 2017 Friends of Broomfield Park Photo Competition has been announced. The deadline for entries is 15 August 2017. For full details see the Photo Competition Page.

10 June 2017

Reports on May 2017 AGM and Open Meeting

Click on the links to read the Committee's Report to the 2017 Annual General Meeting and the minutes of the 2017 AGM and the Open Meeting held on 15 May 2017.

1 June 2017

A wetlands scheme for Broomfield Park?

Members of the public are being invited to comment on a proposal for Broomfield Park to be the site of the next "rainscape" scheme to be created in Enfield.

The proposals for the Broomfield Park Wetlands Scheme are being developed by the environmental charity Thames21 in conjunction with Enfield Council. Wetlands, rainscapes and sustainable drainage systems have already been created at several sites in the borough, most notably at Firs Farm, on the Palmers Green/Winchmore Hill/Edmonton borders, where the Wetlands are not only alleviating flood risks, reducing pollution of rivers and increasing local biodiversity, but have created a beautiful new recreational area on the doorstep of hundreds of houses and flats.

broomfield park wetland concept

Read more on the Palmers Green Community website.

19 February 2017

War Memorial Trust to help finance restoration of Broomfield Park Remembrance Garden

broomfield remembrance garden temple nov 2016

The Remembrance Garden Temple

A campaign by the Friends of Broomfield Park to restore the Park's Remembrance Garden has finally succeeded.  Enfield Council notified the Friends this week that the War Memorial Trust has agreed to a grant of £63,270 to the Council.  This represents 75 per cent of the total cost - the remainder will be paid for the the Council

  1. War Memorial Temple - roof repairs and new stained glass windows replicating the original design.

  2. Memorial cairn - repair of damaged stones

  3. Terrace paving - repair and replacement of paved areas and steps in front of the Memorial.

  4. Pond and fountain - repair of damaged plinth and new urn with working fountain.

  5. Bird bath - Levelling the base and new stone bath installed

  6. Pergola - replacement of rotten timbers.

  7. Entrance archways and walls - repairs to brickwork 8. Handrails installed for disabled access (by the steps under the pergola and at the Broomfield Lane entrance)

Work is expected to begin in April.

According to Friends committee member Sue Younger, who has been leading the efforts to restore this highly individual remembrance garden, the good news comes after nearly three years of campaigning.  She says that "The moral is, if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."

Broomfield Remembrance Garden in 1930s

The pond and fountain as they looked in the 1930s

Broomfield Remembrance Garden pond Feb 2017

The pond in its present condition

19 November 2016

Yes we have some bananas!

bananas in broomfield conservatory november 2016The banana plant in Broomfield Conservatory has had a big bunch of fruit hanging from it for several months.  The bananas have grown steadily larger, but stayed green, until a week or two ago.  Now they are begining to ripen, as you can see from this photo.

So get round to the Conservatory while they're still there!

12 November 2016

Remembrance Day Service

remembrance day 2016 2

The Friends of Broomfield Park’s annual service of remembrance for those who died in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts was held in the Garden of Remembrance in Broomfield Park on Friday, November 11. It was led by Rev. Chrichton Limbert, vicar of Christ Church, Southgate and was attended by Christine Hamilton, Deputy Mayor of Enfield, David Burrowes, MP for Southgate, Doug Taylor, Leader of the Council, Terry Neville, Leader of the Opposition,  local councillors, representatives of the Southgate branch of the British Legion and over 150 local people.

remembrance day 2016 1Lora Chenova from Bowes School and Alex Elliot from Broomfield school read out well known poems from World War 1. Another pupil from Broomfield school, Elena Stoian, read out a poem that she had specially written for Remembrance Day. Chris Kaufman from the Friends read out a more recent poem written by an ex-soldier after a visit to the war graves in Flanders. Tony Elliott of the Friends and Fred Burton from Hazelwood School read an extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem “The Fallen”.

After the two minutes silence at 11.00am and the sounding of the Last Post by the bugler, Brian Rose, wreaths were laid at the cairn in front of the war memorial. The wreath laying was led by the Deputy Mayor of Enfield, followed by our Southgate MP, the British Legion, the Friends of Broomfield Park and pupils from the local schools.

The service ended with a medley of songs from WW I expertly sung by year 6 pupils from Hazelwood school led and accompanied by their music teacher, Cathy Halpern.
The contribution of the pupils from all the local schools was greatly appreciated by all those present.

remembrance day 2016 3

After the service visitors were able to sample the 'wartime' cakes available in the Greenery café in the park and sit outside on a beautiful sunny morning.

See more photographs

11 October 2016

Winners of the 2016 Photo Competition

The winner in the Adult category was Munise Cebesi for entry No 47

Photograph by Munise Cebeci

The winner in the Under 16 category was Alize Akturk for a photograph entitled Perspective

Perspective by Alize Akturk

Runners up in the adult category were David Sumeray (entry No 13) and Sandra Roberts (entry No 29.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered the competition or who cast their vote for the best photographs.

You can see a slide show of all the entries in our Photo Competition 2016 Gallery.

8 October 2016

Enfield in Bloom: Gold and Silver for Broomfield Park

Broomfield Park has had another triumphant year in the Enfield in Bloom competition, winning Gold for Best Maintained Park.  Another Gold went to Broomfield Conservatory for its Exceptional Horticultural Contribution to the Community, while Broomfield Community Orchard was awarded Silver in the same category.

Enfield in Bloom 2016 winners

Best Maintained Park
Gold: Broomfield
Gold: Bury Lodge
Silver: Enfield Town
Bronze: Forty Hall Park
Bronze: Grovelands

Best Highway/Open Space Planting
Gold: Edmonton Cemetery
Gold: Firs Farm Wetlands
Silver: Lavender Hill Cemetery
Bronze: Pymmes Park Wetlands

Exceptional Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community
Gold: Broomfield Park Conservatory
Gold: Forty Hall, Walled Garden
Silver: Broomfield Community Orchard
Silver: Ms Sue Povey, for Millfield House Gardens
Silver: Forty Hill & Bulls Cross Study Group Garden
Bronze: Mrs Ann Wadman, for Charlton Road Alleyway

28 September 2016

Save our Parks campaign

The campaigning organisation 38 Degrees is running a campaign to persuade the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee to recommend that protecting Britain's public parks be made a legal requirement. Read more.

21 July 2016

Broomfield Park gets the green flag but says goodbye to two good friends

james downing and graham deal with green flag award for broomfield park

James Downing (left) and Graham Deal display the Green Flag newly awarded to Broomfield Park

At a special cream tea held in the shade of trees by the boating pond, Friends of Broomfield Park yesterday said goodbye to two good friends who arrived carrying a special green flag.

The cream tea was served by the Greenery Community Cafe, the two good friends were James Downing and Graham Deal, both employees of Enfield Council, and the green flag was the official emblem of the Green Flag Award, which has been bestowed on Broomfield Park for the first time this year.

The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.  That Broomfield Park has been awarded Green Flag status at its first attempt is a tribute to James and Graham, to the gardeners employed by the council and to the work of the Friends of Broomfield Park, whose volunteers have helped devise and implement improvements and raise some of the necessary funds.

Why goodbye?  Because the Public Realm Information Officer posts held by James and Graham are both being discontinued as a consequence of council cost cutting.  However, both of them will continue to be employed by the council, in different posts.

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