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The Barbican’s Wildlife Garden

Paula Tomlinson updates us on the progress of the Barbican’s own wildlife garden – the setting for the bucolic scene on the front cover of this issue of Barbican Life. The garden is unknown to many Barbican residents yet brings a taste of true countryside to our urban setting.

The Fann Street

wildlife garden in full bloom in the summer

The garden was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by London in Bloom. It was also included as one of seven Secret Havens in a double page spread of the most recent Lord Mayor’s Show programme.


012 was a very special year in our Fann Street Wildlife Garden - in many ways.

Our Fourth Open Gardens Squares Weekend

The focal point was the fourth year of opening in June of our Wildlife Garden to the public as part of London's Open Gardens Squares Weekend (OGSW). And luckily the garden was at the height of its beauty. We begin preparing months in

advance. One of our volunteers grows an array of plants on her balcony for our yearly plant sale. Posters are put up and all areas of the garden are cared for. It feels like a mini Chelsea Flower Show : with us hoping that some of our flowers would delay their flowering and others hasten theirs! On the weekend itself, we had volunteers at the gate to introduce visitors to the garden, and others throughout the garden answering any questions visitors might have on the pond, the insect hotel, the cottage garden, the wooded areas and hedges and the meadow. As well as someone manning the plant sales. Always a major attraction!

Over the four years, we have welcomed more than 1,000 visitors - some in rain but most in sunshine! Many express their delight at the peacefulness and diversity of the garden itself and at finding such a wild oasis in the middle of the City. The most surprising visitors were a group of 13 cyclists who came a couple of years ago. They all live in Tower Hamlets and meet every Sunday and cycle to a different destination - that year our Wildlife Garden was their choice. One of the benefits of our opening is that we get the chance to spend 12 hours in the Garden over one weekend.

If you haven’t heard of Open Garden Squares Weekend, here's a short description. Every year since 1998, it takes place early in June and last year included 212 gardens - many of which are private, like ours, and rarely open to the public. The Weekend is organised by London Parks and Gardens Trust and last year did so in association with the National Trust. Last year the ticket for the whole weekend cost £9 if purchased in advance and £12 if purchased at one of a selected number of gardens - including Fann Street. (Of course, you


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