Has Spring Arrived?

With the recent record high winter temperatures the natural world could be forgiven for believing that Spring has arrived, as shown in above image? Just twelve months after the ‘Beast from the East” snow showers, we have been more than 20 deg C higher! Hopefully not all will be lost when the cold weather returns. The crocuses, daffodils,snowdrops & snowbells beneath the steps in Church House Gardens are so beautiful. The Egyptian geese pair are almost certainly preparing to nest here this year, and two Mallard pairs already have a nests.

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Listed building protected

The Grade 2 listed Ice House in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre) has had to be partly fenced off to combat repeated damage by vandals. As heritage fencing could not be found it was necessary to use a modern design instead. The sympathetic repair of the roof and buttresses remains to be carried out. Heritage England have identified this and some other listed garden features as at risk.

Meadow delights

6935BE25-AEC4-44F6-9006-866995C3F6B3The new meadow, next to the river in Martin’s Hill park, is progressing well in only its second year. Looking good at the moment is the Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) especially in its pink form. Easy to miss, but well worth a close up view with its attractive flowers and feathery leaves (hence millefolium).

 

Massive new development impacts park

A planning application has been submitted for a major new development on land immediately adjacent to Library Gardens. The development is called ‘Churchill Quarter’ and it has a planning reference 18/02181/FULL1. Below is the proposed view from Library Gardens. The tallest block (Block B) would be 15 storeys, even taller than the existing theatre/library complex. All this on the highest part of the town centre. Some 40 families would be displaced for this commercial development, using council compulsory purchase orders.

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After studying their proposals we believe that this will have major impacts on this public park, due to its massive nature and the overshadowing of this lovely park. We have entered into a joint campaign with the Bromley Civic Society to oppose this planning application.
 
To view the planning application in detail please go to the council’s planning web site

A Bromley Civic Society presentation showing the visual impact of this development can be found at https://youtu.be/gZzL7XUnv54 

  • We urge you to object to this planning application – every objection can make a difference.

More in depth information about our joint campaign and how to submit your objections please go to our Library Gardens Campaign page.

 

 

 

New Sensory Garden

An area in the grounds of Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre) has recently been restored by the local idVerde team as a sensory garden, including plants with various textures, smells, and tastes. Located near the canteen it is hoped that as the plants grow they will encourage both council staff and members of the public to sample the results. Originally created as part of the Thyme Out project this bed had become neglected and need of a make over. To find out more about this site, and the other features there, please go to our Bromley Palace Park page.

Countryside in the Town Centre!

IMG_2339.jpgJust two minutes from the busy Bromley High Street you could think yourself in the countryside! Part of Church House Gardens, called Dickerson’s Copse after the late local conservationist Gordon Dickerson (1932-1987), is currently full of cow parsley.

IMG_2338.jpgA common hedgerow biennial plant, it is part of the wider umbellifer family which also includes carrots. It normally flowers for May only and so we will soon lose its frothy white flower heads for another year. A good reason to take a trip to this bit of the ‘countryside’ now!

Queen’s Garden: Green Flag inspection

We had an inspection visit, last Friday, in response to the application for a Green Flag award. It was a rather cold and damp, in great contrast to the weather just a week before. However the inspection seemed to go well and we await a decision in a couple of months. Besides the two inspectors, representatives of our Friends group as well as idVerde (the parks maintenance contractor) were in attendance. We later met two members of The Glades management team.