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Friday 14th December 11am
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Saturday 15th December
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Sunday 16th December
Broomfield Conservatory open from 2pm to 4pm
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Sunday 16th December
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Community Orchard open 2-4pm
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FoBP News - older items

12 April 2016

Work on Community Growing Space starts this week! Volunteers needed

On Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, and on Sunday afternoon, we need volunteers to help create the community growing space and wildlife pond. Read more about the project.

2 March 2016

Friends raise concerns about cuts to parks service with councillors

The Friends of Broomfield Park have written to Enfield councillors to express serious concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the management and upkeep of parks in the borough and on Broomfield Park in particular - "one of the jewels in the borough's crown".

The letter from the Friends, sent ahead of last week's full meeting of the Council, listed some of the impacts which the proposed cuts would have:  reductions in grass cutting in parks, use of volunteers to pick up litter after events and other occasions when parks are busier than usual, and - a particular concern to the Friends - the abolition of two of the three Public Realm Improvement Officer posts.

The Friends describe in some detail the various, in their view vital, types of work carried out by the public realm improvement officers allocated to Broomfield Park.  They finish by asking the Council to reconsider the proposed removal of this post.

In a reply to the Friends, Cllr Daniel Anderson explains the effect of cuts in government funding on Enfield Council, quoting various figures, and arguing that Enfield is not being treated equitably compared with some other local authorities.  He outlines swingeing cuts to other services and points out that some 600 jobs are expected to be cut across the Council.  While giving some assurances about some points raised by the Friends, he gives no ground on the question of the two posts.  He points to further cuts to parks unless they can generate more revenue:  "It is essential that we pursue income generation opportunities, which can best be achieved via a steady stream of larger-scale events in our key parks, in particular, Trent Park. The alternative is even further reductions in operational staff on litter and horticulture, the removal of play equipment and the further reduction of maintenance budgets."

Click here to read the full texts of the letter from the Friends and Cllr Anderson's reply.

2 March 2016

Conservatory artist-in-residence shows people how to turn over a new leaf

ceramic leaves created at workshop in Broomfield Conservatory

The first month of this year's Artist-in-Residence scheme in Broomfield Conservatory was brought to a close with a very popular drop-in workshop, giving visitors an opportunity to learn how to create ceramic leaves.

Cathy Taylor's five-month residency goes by the overall title "Spirals of Life", each month having a different theme, but all within the overall concept of "biological sculptures".

Click here to read more about the workshop and about Spirals of Life.

11 February 2016

Work has started on restoring the double avenue of trees

The council has begun planting new lime trees to restore the double avenue of trees.

Click here to read more and see photographs of some of the new trees.

29 November 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

Poppy wreaths laid around the memorial cairn in Broomfield Park

The Friends' annual service of remembrance for those who died in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts was held in the Remembrance Garden of Broomfield Park on November 11. It was led by Fr. Chrichton Limbert, vicar of Christ Church, Southgate and was attended by the Mayor of Enfield, local councillors, the GLA member for Enfield, representatives of the Southgate branch of the British Legion and over 150 local people.

Pupils from Bowes and Broomfield schools read poems and gave tribute to two local soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery in World War 1. One of these soldiers, Alfred Herring, has had a local pub in Green Lanes named after him. Derek Honnor and Tony Elliott from the Friends also read poems.

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 mayor, Cllr Patricia Ekechi, and included  Cllr. Anne-Marie Pierce for David Burrowes MP ( absent owing to parliamentary business in Cyprus), the British  Legion, Derek Honnor for the Friends of Broomfield Park and pupils from the local schools.

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

After the service people were able to sample the 'wartime' cakes available in the Greenery cafe.

To view a gallery of photographs taken at the ceremony, visit remembrance.friendsofbroomfieldpark.org

29 November 2015

Council to restore double avenue of lime trees

Enfield Council will in the near future be restoring the double avenue of lime trees that runs across the top field in a straight line towards Broomfield House. All but 19 of the surviving trees will be removed and 50 new lime trees planted, but this time measures will be taken to protect the new trees from vandalism and grass cutting machinery. The existing lime trees were planted to replace the avenue of elms that succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease in the late 1970s. Read more about this on Palmers Green Community.

14 October 2015

Photo Competition winners announced

The winners of this year's FoBP Photo Competition were announced at the open meeting on 12th October.

The winner in the Adult category was Stephen Iliffe for his photograph entitled Broomfield Park Wildflower Meadow

Broomfield Wildflower Meadow by Stephen Iliffe

The winner in the Under 16 category was Daniel Small for his entry entitled Pigeons

Pigeons by Daniel Small

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 2015 Gallery.

2 October 2015

New/old railings inaugurated

The new (but actually old) railings in front of Broomfield Conservatory were officially inaugurated on 29th September.  A ceremonial "ribbon"  holding the new gates together was cut (using secateurs, of course) by Tony Dey of the Enfield Society. 

broomfield conservatory railings opening ceremonyTony Dey cuts the "ribbon" with help from David Burrowes MP.  Looking on are Elizabeth Dobbie, Chair of the Friends of Broomfield Park's Conservatory Group, and Alison Trew from the Enfield Council, who administers the Enfield Residents' Priority FundA grant from the Enfield Society helped towards the £9000 cost of adapting the railings, which date from 1926, when they were built as part of a post WWI "land fit for heroes" public realm improvement programme. They survived the WWII nationwide cull of similar metalwork only because they prevented people falling into the subterranean toilets during the blackouts..  Other sources of funding were a grant from the Enfield Residents' Priority Fund and money raised by the Friends of Broomfield Park, whose volunteers maintain the plants in the Conservatory and open it to the public twice a week.  The adaptaton and installation were carried out by two local firms.

broomfield conservatory railings opening ceremony 2Tony Dey and Elizabeth Dobbie in front of Broomfield Conservatory. The decorations on the railings are a reminder of their original location!The Triangle toilets have long been closed, but it was only a couple of years ago that the toilets were covered over by a reinforced concrete slab and the railings removed (they were actually just hacked off at ground level).  This was part of a "decluttering" exercise that has left the Triangle looking bare and uninviting.  The toilet railings were in fact one of the Triangle's attractions, unlike the modern railings that surround the traffic island - many people would have liked to see the modern railings removed and the old railings retained.

former palmers green triangle railings in builders yardThe Friends of Broomfield Park tracked the Triangle toilet railings down in a builders yardThe Friends of Broomfield Park were keen for the old decorative railings to be reused.  They eventually tracked them down in a builders yard in Broxbourne and managed to persuade the Council to bring them back to Palmers Green.  Now, with the aid of the Enfield Society and with public backing for the use of Residents' Priority Fund money, they are back in use, providing a suitably handsome boundary for the beautiful Broomfield Conservatory.

29 August 2015

Enfield in Bloom awards

There were six Palmers Green winners among the awards recently announced for the 2015 Enfield in Bloom competition, among them Gold for the Community Orchard in Broomfield Park.

The local winners were:

  • Broomfield Park Community Orchard was awarded Gold in the category Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community
  • Broomfield Conservatory was awarded Silver in the category Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community
  • Green Lanes Shopping Centre (Palmers Green) was awarded Silver in the Shopping Centres category
  • Hazelwood Schools were awarded Silver in the category School Grounds with Educational Aspect
  • The Ruth Winston Centre was awarded Bronze in the Public Building category
  • Broomfield Park was awarded Bronze in the Maintained Park category.

For more details of the awards, see the Palmers Green Community website.

7 June 2015

Broomfield Park to be fully locked overnight

Enfield Council has reacted to protests about its proposal to cease locking parks overnight by revising the policy. Broomfield Park will now be completely locked overnight. More details on the Palmers Green Community website.

28 May 2015

Orchard wins London Community Tree Award

The Broomfield Community Orchard has scooped this years London Community Tree Award, one of nine categories of the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015.

The awards event at City Hall on the 27th May was held "to celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital's tree and woodland cover." The awards are organised by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Mayor of London.


26 May 2015

Committee's Annual Report, May 2015

The Annual Report of the FoBP Committee is now available online. The minutes of the 2015 AGM will be published in the near future.

3 April 2015

Park locking petition

The Consortium of Friends of Enfield's Parks has launched a public campaign in opposition to Enfield Council's plan to leave pedestrian gates to parks unlocked overnight. The Consortium is asking people to sign an online petition which reads as follows:

Enfield Council is planning to withdraw all night locking from 22 parks in the borough. If implemented,the pedestrian gates of those parks that have always been locked would be left open all night.

This decision has caused alarm amongst local Friends of Parks groups and concern to residents, especially those with homes that back on to parks, who fear they will be exposed to intruders at night.

We the undersigned urge Enfield Council to think again, give proper regard to the safety ofpersons and valuable community assets, and drop the blanket proposal to stop locking its parks at night.

Issued on behalf of the Consortium of Friends of Enfield Parks.

To sign the petition, visit the Consortium's new website.

29 March 2015

Broomfield Wildflower Meadow to be extended

The wildflower meadow that was sown in 2014 proved a great success and the Friends have now reached agreement with Enfield Council to pretty much double it in size. The extension will be just below the existing meadow (which is on the Aldermans Hill side of the Park, towards the top of the hill) and the two meadows will be joined together by a green walk.

The first step towards creating the meadow will be to rotavate the ground, then to sow wildflower seeds. This should be happening within the next few weeks.

29 March 2015

Wildlife Pond project to go ahead

The Friends have been successful in another bid for money from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund and will be receiving £5000 towards the project to create a wildlife pond. The pond will be located between the Community Orchard and the tennis courts - see our earlier report below.

It is hoped that the area next to the pond will be used as a community growing space, but realising this plan will require not only money, but more importantly a significant injection of volunteer time and energy.

1 February 2015

Two new FoBP projects: a Community Growing Space and a Wildlife Pond

Map of Broomfield community growing space and wildlife pond

In the near future the Friends are hoping to begin practical implementation of two projects that have been in gestation for a while: a Community Growing Space and a Wildlife Pond. The most likely locations for both are near the Community Orchard.

FoBP are seeking additional volunteers to help with both projects.

For more details download leaflets from the following links:

8 October 2014

Bid for money to restore Broomfield Park Garden of Remembrance

The Friends have applied to the War Memorials Trust for a grant of up to £30,000 to be used to restore the Garden of Remembrance, which has fallen in disrepair

The following require repair or restoration:

  • The WW1 Memorial Temple
  • The Memorial Cairn
  • The paved area in front of the memorial
  • The pond and the fountain that was originally there
  • Handrails for disabled access.

See a more detailed report on the Palmers Green Community Website.

7 May 2014

Results of Broomfield Park Photo Competition

The winner of this year's Photo Competition was entry number 15 - Winter Roost. The photographer was Steve Harrison.

Runners up (no prizes unfortunately!) were entry number 74 - Spring Fog - by Kevin O'Neill and entry number 29 - no title - by Jane Lawson.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered - there were many lovely pictures.

See all this year's entries.

23 February 2014

Film of Broomfield Park in the 1960s


The always interesting Palmers Green Tales website has a 15-minute film of Broomfield Park in the late 1960s.

19 November 2013

How to report problems in parks online

Enfield Council have provided instructions on how to use their online facility to report problems in parks. You can find instructions here. The facility can also be used to report other types of problem to the Council.

18 November 2013

TV cameras revisit Broomfield Park

TV cameras were in Broomfield Park this month filming the ruins of Broomfield House and interviewing Councillor Del Goddard about the prospects for its future. The footage is intended for a programme which is expected to be shown on BBC next month. The following report is by Colin Younger of the Broomfield House Working Party.

Broomfield Park - interview with Des GoddardCouncillor Del Goddard is interviewed in Broomfield BandstandFilming for the BBC-commissioned programme as a follow-up to the 2003 series “Restoration” series took place in Broomfield Park on 11th November. The two presenters, Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr, were filmed in the Conservatory discussing their original visit to Broomfield House in 2003, and outside the ruin viewing its current state. It seems unlikely that they would be doing anything less than shaking their heads in sorrow! Indeed they may have been heard to use the words “national disgrace”, but how much will be aired remains to be seen.

Later, under the Bandstand, Councillor Del Goddard was interviewed, and from what we heard spoke positively about recent efforts to restore the House and open it to the community, and what might happen next. Various members of the Working Group were then interviewed about their ideas and ambitions for the House. We are all very conscious of the funding issues involved in re-opening the House and Stable yard, and hope that the film might reach an individual or organisation with both sympathy and the funds to help raise the capital needed.

The programme also squeezes in restoration work on three or four other historic properties in the London area. It will be broadcast in the BBC1 Monday 7.30pm slot possibly as early as 2nd December.

9 November 2013

Awards for Broomfield Conservatory and Community Orchard

Elizabeth Dobbie of the Broomfield Conservatory Group at the Enfield in Bloom ceremonyAt the Enfield in Bloom 2013 awards ceremony on 7th November five awards were linked to Broomfield Park - four going to Friends of Broomfield Park people and projects, the fifth to the Park as a whole.

The Broomfield Conservatory won Silver in the Special category, marking the contribution of everyone who has over the past four years helped set up and maintain the Conservatory and open it to the public twice a week.

A Volunteers Award, "for your continued dedication and support", was presented to Elizabeth Dobbie, Chair of the FoBP Conservatory Group. Though it seems clear that the Enfield in Bloom judges intended this to be a personal award for Elizabeth, she has stated that she accepted it on behalf of all the Conservatory volunteers.

David March from the Broomfield Community Orchard at the Enfield in Bloom ceremonyAnother Volunteers Award was presented to David March, who leads the FoBP group which planted and maintains the Broomfield Community Orchard. The Orchard was awarded Silver in the Innovative Growing Space category.

Finally, Broomfield Park was awarded Silver in the Best Maintained Park category.

Broomfield Community Orchard Group members at the Enfield in Bloom Ceremony