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The lizard which is the final piece of the fantastic re-landscaping of Finsbury Gardens has now arrived!
On Sunday 28th October a group of volunteers turned up to help Chainsaw Mick who created the sculpture move it into this position, below you can see how this happened!
Apologies for not putting these up sooner but here are some photos from the very successful and mercifully dry Bowes Park Festival. Thankyou very much to Prescious McKissick who took these photos. She is professional photographer so if you would like to see her other work and if are interested in commissioning her then please take a look at her website: http://artandpcm.blogspot.com/
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Bowes Park Festival
Here are some photos from last year to show you what you will be missing if you are not there!
Finsbury Gardens needs your help
We have learnt that we have been successful in getting a Community Spaces grant for £50,000 to do further works to improve Finsbury Gardens. This is great news.
That was the competitive phase. Now we have to produce detailed plans and a full second stage submission by September, and then work will happen late this or early next year.
We need to employ a landscape gardener, one that has designed spaces with children's play and adult enjoyment in mind. We intend to use a 'natural play' approach and improve but not radically change the gentle and pleasant feeling of this 100 year old town square gardens.
If you are a landscape gardener with such experience who is interested, or if you know of such a professional who would be good, please can you get in touch with Kate Franzmann using the contact form and selecting "Finsbury Gardens Group", click here to go to the contact form We would like to employ someone local if that is at all possible.
We are also looking for a VAT registered company who would be prepared to do the financial work of submitting claims and keeping accounts etc and who we could use as our financial agent and thus save the 20% we would otherwise pay on VAT (because BPCA is not VAT registered). We have been advised by the grantee facilitator that this would be a good thing to do. This would not involve large amounts of work. A 'lead professional' will also be employed who will manage the work and sign work off etc. The VAT company is purely the finance admin. If you have a company that would be able to help in this way, then please also contact Kate.
We were successful in a major grant application to Haringey’s Making The Difference to restore and repaint the Finsbury Gardens Railings - £9,500 agreed grant. Haringey Parks Dept has agreed to match this sum. For the first time for decades – probably since before the last war – the original late Victorian railings and gates are to get love and attention and a coat of paint.
The work was recently completed and a celebration was held in October 2010 to thank those who had made it possible and those who had done the work.
News about New Railings!
We have been successful in a major grant application to Haringey’s Making The Difference to restore and repaint the Finsbury Gardens Railings - £9,500 agreed grant.
Haringey Parks Dept has agreed to match this sum. For the first time for decades – probably since before the last war – the original late Victorian railings and gates are to get love and attention and a coat of paint.
Work should start on site on August 9th and will last c.8-10 weeks. The hedges will have to be cut back in places to let the painter paint the railings.
We have a problem where the cars bash the railings on Clarence Road. We don’t want beautiful ‘new’ railings to be damaged. The solution is either to provide bollards or move the railings inside the hedge - discussions are ongoing. No more money is available from Haringey – so we might need to do further fund-raising for this. We may need YOUR help. Please click below to download the PDF with more details.
Finsbury Gardens is our local village green. It sits on the New River, in a very nice horse-chestnut lined square, between Truro and Nightingale Roads, and is the largest and oldest open space in Bowes Park.
Here are some of the achievements of this group.
Creation of a much brighter, lighter environment.
Improvements to the children’s playground (including installing a very popular climbing wall) and ensuring it is locked at night.
Some very successful gardening sessions, resulting in:a completely revamped central bed;remodelling of the hedges, introducing wild roses;a glorious display of spring tulips and daffs.
Installation of a delightful wooden ‘frog’ seat.Creation of very attractive signage and notice boards.
Installation of new dog & rubbish bins.
We have the funding and are due to get some new benches, birdbath and a table.
Held very atmospheric Christmas Carols by Candlelight, which has rapidly become something of a tradition!
If you would like to get involved or would like more information please click here to go to the "Contact Us" section where you can choose Finsbury Gardens from the drop down menu and your email will be directed to the appropriate contact.