GoodGym in Thornhill Square Gardens

Anna McKane arranged for a group of enthusiastic runners from goodgym to spread mulch around the roses in Thornhill Square Gardens. They appeared to have enjoyed both the running and the thought of helping the community, and we should be able to enjoy the outcome. There are more pictures, and more details of what they did, here.
goodgym gathering
goodgym briefing
goodgym transporting
goodgym spreading
goodgym jogging
goodgym standing


Come to the general meeting on Tuesday 24 November

Thornhill Square General Meeting November 2015

The time of the meeting has been returned to 7:30 pm from 6:30 pm because it will not now begin with a discussion with Councillor Paul Convery.

The recipients of the donations for filming suggested so far are:

The marigolds among the roses

marigoldsIslington Council, supported by the Thornhill Square Association, is planning to replant roses in the rose bed near the circle in the park. However, new roses planted where roses have died can suffer from replant disease. Planting tagetes (French marigolds, as in the picture alongside) might help, especially by removing nematodes from the soil.

This is why the rose bed might look odd this year, with little orange marigolds among the roses. If children and dogs are kept off the bed, the tagetes should flourish and do their work, so next year there can be healthy roses.

Meanwhile the herbaceous borders are looking excellent, thanks to all the work that Sarah Marsham has done.

There are still “volunteering” tasks available in the park. Some are especially suitable for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates who want to enjoy themselves and feel useful. They can all contact us.

Find out about a builder of Thornhill Square on Thursday 20 March

Thornhill Square General Meeting March 2014

George Sydney Smith Williams built many houses in Thornhill Square and elsewhere, leasing the plots from the Thornhill Estate. While living in Thornhill Square he became a substantial property owner in his own right. One of his great great granddaughters, who holds the family papers, is coming to London especially to talk about his life and works.

Sunflour Bakery of Caledonian Road is very kindly contributing some of the refreshments.

The return of the railings

Railing supportMore than two years ago a large ash tree fell at the edge of Thornhill Square Gardens, destroying other trees and three metres of railings. New trees (Tulip Tree, Tibetan Cherry, Sweet Gum and Red Maple ‘Red Sunset’) were chosen and planted in the following winter, after discussions with residents; now the railings have been reinstated, using copies of the original ones (which have their own grade 2 listing from English Heritage). The reinstatement was delayed for various reasons; most recently, Metalcraft, the company that provided the railings, had to find a second foundry when its first choice went out of business.

Metalcraft was selected following the suggestion of residents (especially Patrick Firebrace), who obtained quotations for the work that kept the original design but that nonetheless were much better than those made to Islington Council.

Railing section

Of course the railings elsewhere around the Gardens need restoration, but that is too much to contemplate in these straitened times.