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Volunteers in City Gardens

Volunteering with City Gardens

The City Gardens team both encourages and supports individuals, businesses, residents and community groups across the Square Mile that have a positive impact on our open spaces, the surrounding environment and the community.

Find out more about existing groups you can support or get in touch to discuss suggestions on how you can get involved.

Friends of City Gardens

Friends of City Gardens are a community group of volunteers based in the City of London. The group was formed in January 2013 and now has around 160 active members who contribute over 4,500 volunteer hours a year. Members and those that support the group include residents, workers and visitors to the Square Mile.

The aim of Friends of City Gardens is to support the City Gardens team to encourage active involvement and access to green spaces in the Square Mile for all members of the community. They also aim to enhance biodiversity as well as community understanding of the natural environment.

The Friends deliver these objectives through a range of events and activities covering a wide demographic including children, young people, City workers and local residents.

Projects Friends of City Gardens have achieved include:

  • Enhancement of Church Entry, St Ann Blackfriars Churchyard
  • Moor Lane Pop Up Garden
  • Moor Lane Bridge planting
  • Barbican Station Pop Up Garden
  • Dry shade planting area at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

Find out more and how to join Friends of City Gardens

Membership is free and open to everyone that lives, works in or visits the Square Mile.

Follow Friends of City Gardens on Twitter @FCityGardens

Barbican Wildlife Group

The Barbican Wildlife Group was formed in 2003 to improve the diversity of wildlife on the Barbican Estate with a focus on the Barbican Wildlife Garden located on Fann Street, a garden accessible to residents of the Barbican Estate.

The group met weekly on a Wednesday with the support of a City Gardener and have developed the garden to support biodiversity. The garden includes a wildflower meadow, a pollinator bed, shrubberies, two ponds native hedges and a composting area. There are also bee and bird boxes, bird feeder and log piles. In 2017 a bird hide was built to support enable additional bird sightings.

The garden is also part of The Barbican and St Alphage's Garden Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation Grade 2.

If you are a Barbican resident please contact the Barbican Estate Office to find out how you can get involved and support the Barbican Wildlife Garden.

Find the Barbican Wildlife Garden on Google Maps

Follow the Barbican Wildlife Garden on Twitter @BarbicanWLG