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Palmers Greenery Café open 10am to 3.30pm
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Sunday 25th June
Community Orchard open 2-4pm
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Sunday 25th June 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Chilli Plant Sale in Broomfield Conservatory
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Wednesday 28th June
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Wednesday 28th June
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Sunday 16th July 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Live Music in Broomfield Conservatory: Marc Harris
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Sunday 23rd July 2pm - 5.30pm
Summer Picnic in the Community Orchard
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Sunday 6th August 1.30 - 5.30pm
Broomfield Blues
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Sunday 13th August 1.30 - 5.30pm
Broomfield Blues
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Sunday 20th August 1.30 - 5.30pm
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Sunday 27th August 1.30 - 5.30pm
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FoBP News

13 June 2017

Watch a video about volunteering in Broomfield Conservatory

The latest Palmers Green Tales video looks at the work of volunteers in Broomfield Conservatory. Watch the video on YouTube.

11 June 2017

Got an idea that will improve Brooomfield Park? Apply for funding from the Broomfield Park Micro Fund

The funding available is the profit generated by volunteers who run the Palmers Greenery Community Café in Broomfield Park. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to any group or individual seeking to enhance Broomfield Park and the park environment for the community.

Each application for funding will be considered without prejudice and on its own merit, whilst simultaneously taking a ‘whole park’ view to ensure investment is compatible with existing and planned park projects and activity.

All applications are reviewed and approved by an independent Allocation Committee composed of relevant park stakeholders and NOT the Palmers Greenery team.

CLOSING DATE: 10am FRIDAY 14th JULY 2017

Click here for the application form

10 June 2017

2017 FoBP Photo Competition

The 2017 Friends of Broomfield Park Photo Competition has been announced. The deadline for entries is 15 August 2017. For full details see the Photo Competition Page.

10 June 2017

Reports on May 2017 AGM and Open Meeting

Click on the links to read the Committee's Report to the 2017 Annual General Meeting and the minutes of the 2017 AGM and the Open Meeting held on 15 May 2017.

1 June 2017

A wetlands scheme for Broomfield Park?

Members of the public are being invited to comment on a proposal for Broomfield Park to be the site of the next "rainscape" scheme to be created in Enfield.

The proposals for the Broomfield Park Wetlands Scheme are being developed by the environmental charity Thames21 in conjunction with Enfield Council. Wetlands, rainscapes and sustainable drainage systems have already been created at several sites in the borough, most notably at Firs Farm, on the Palmers Green/Winchmore Hill/Edmonton borders, where the Wetlands are not only alleviating flood risks, reducing pollution of rivers and increasing local biodiversity, but have created a beautiful new recreational area on the doorstep of hundreds of houses and flats.

broomfield park wetland concept

Read more on the Palmers Green Community website.

19 February 2017

War Memorial Trust to help finance restoration of Broomfield Park Remembrance Garden

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The Remembrance Garden Temple

A campaign by the Friends of Broomfield Park to restore the Park's Remembrance Garden has finally succeeded.  Enfield Council notified the Friends this week that the War Memorial Trust has agreed to a grant of £63,270 to the Council.  This represents 75 per cent of the total cost - the remainder will be paid for the the Council

  1. War Memorial Temple - roof repairs and new stained glass windows replicating the original design.

  2. Memorial cairn - repair of damaged stones

  3. Terrace paving - repair and replacement of paved areas and steps in front of the Memorial.

  4. Pond and fountain - repair of damaged plinth and new urn with working fountain.

  5. Bird bath - Levelling the base and new stone bath installed

  6. Pergola - replacement of rotten timbers.

  7. Entrance archways and walls - repairs to brickwork 8. Handrails installed for disabled access (by the steps under the pergola and at the Broomfield Lane entrance)

Work is expected to begin in April.

According to Friends committee member Sue Younger, who has been leading the efforts to restore this highly individual remembrance garden, the good news comes after nearly three years of campaigning.  She says that "The moral is, if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."

Broomfield Remembrance Garden in 1930s

The pond and fountain as they looked in the 1930s

Broomfield Remembrance Garden pond Feb 2017

The pond in its present condition

19 November 2016

Yes we have some bananas!

bananas in broomfield conservatory november 2016The banana plant in Broomfield Conservatory has had a big bunch of fruit hanging from it for several months.  The bananas have grown steadily larger, but stayed green, until a week or two ago.  Now they are begining to ripen, as you can see from this photo.

So get round to the Conservatory while they're still there!

12 November 2016

Remembrance Day Service

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The Friends of Broomfield Park’s annual service of remembrance for those who died in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts was held in the Garden of Remembrance in Broomfield Park on Friday, November 11. It was led by Rev. Chrichton Limbert, vicar of Christ Church, Southgate and was attended by Christine Hamilton, Deputy Mayor of Enfield, David Burrowes, MP for Southgate, Doug Taylor, Leader of the Council, Terry Neville, Leader of the Opposition,  local councillors, representatives of the Southgate branch of the British Legion and over 150 local people.

remembrance day 2016 1Lora Chenova from Bowes School and Alex Elliot from Broomfield school read out well known poems from World War 1. Another pupil from Broomfield school, Elena Stoian, read out a poem that she had specially written for Remembrance Day. Chris Kaufman from the Friends read out a more recent poem written by an ex-soldier after a visit to the war graves in Flanders. Tony Elliott of the Friends and Fred Burton from Hazelwood School read an extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem “The Fallen”.

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 Deputy Mayor of Enfield, followed by our Southgate MP, the British Legion, the Friends of Broomfield Park and pupils from the local schools.

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

remembrance day 2016 3

After the service visitors were able to sample the 'wartime' cakes available in the Greenery café in the park and sit outside on a beautiful sunny morning.

See more photographs

11 October 2016

Winners of the 2016 Photo Competition

The winner in the Adult category was Munise Cebesi for entry No 47

Photograph by Munise Cebeci

The winner in the Under 16 category was Alize Akturk for a photograph entitled Perspective

Perspective by Alize Akturk

Runners up in the adult category were David Sumeray (entry No 13) and Sandra Roberts (entry No 29.

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 2016 Gallery.

8 October 2016

Enfield in Bloom: Gold and Silver for Broomfield Park

Broomfield Park has had another triumphant year in the Enfield in Bloom competition, winning Gold for Best Maintained Park.  Another Gold went to Broomfield Conservatory for its Exceptional Horticultural Contribution to the Community, while Broomfield Community Orchard was awarded Silver in the same category.

Enfield in Bloom 2016 winners

Best Maintained Park
Gold: Broomfield
Gold: Bury Lodge
Silver: Enfield Town
Bronze: Forty Hall Park
Bronze: Grovelands

Best Highway/Open Space Planting
Gold: Edmonton Cemetery
Gold: Firs Farm Wetlands
Silver: Lavender Hill Cemetery
Bronze: Pymmes Park Wetlands

Exceptional Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community
Gold: Broomfield Park Conservatory
Gold: Forty Hall, Walled Garden
Silver: Broomfield Community Orchard
Silver: Ms Sue Povey, for Millfield House Gardens
Silver: Forty Hill & Bulls Cross Study Group Garden
Bronze: Mrs Ann Wadman, for Charlton Road Alleyway

28 September 2016

Save our Parks campaign

The campaigning organisation 38 Degrees is running a campaign to persuade the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee to recommend that protecting Britain's public parks be made a legal requirement. Read more.

21 July 2016

Broomfield Park gets the green flag but says goodbye to two good friends

james downing and graham deal with green flag award for broomfield park

James Downing (left) and Graham Deal display the Green Flag newly awarded to Broomfield Park

At a special cream tea held in the shade of trees by the boating pond, Friends of Broomfield Park yesterday said goodbye to two good friends who arrived carrying a special green flag.

The cream tea was served by the Greenery Community Cafe, the two good friends were James Downing and Graham Deal, both employees of Enfield Council, and the green flag was the official emblem of the Green Flag Award, which has been bestowed on Broomfield Park for the first time this year.

The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.  That Broomfield Park has been awarded Green Flag status at its first attempt is a tribute to James and Graham, to the gardeners employed by the council and to the work of the Friends of Broomfield Park, whose volunteers have helped devise and implement improvements and raise some of the necessary funds.

Why goodbye?  Because the Public Realm Information Officer posts held by James and Graham are both being discontinued as a consequence of council cost cutting.  However, both of them will continue to be employed by the council, in different posts.

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.

www.forestry.gov.uk/releafawards

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

broomfieldParkFilm

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.

Broomfield Conservatory Group members at the Enfield in Bloom Ceremony

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