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Happy New Year from Friends of City Gardens!

Dear <<First Name>>
 

Spring seems to be starting early this year, with snowdrops and winter aconites already flowering in City gardens. FoCG volunteers did a great job in the autumn planting bulbs to provide nectar and pollen for early emerging pollinators. Volunteers have also continued to feed the birds during the winter and have cleaned all the bird boxes in the City.
 
As a thank you to volunteers, the City would like to invite you to a reception on 10 February:
Reception to thank volunteers at Guildhall
Please join us at Guildhall on 10 February from 6 pm until 7.30 pm. RSVP to Rita Serra Rita.Serra@cityoflondon.gov.uk
 

And another invitation........
Wednesday 20 January at 7.30 pm
The Barbican Horticultural Society have extended an invitation to FoCG volunteers to join them for a talk on The Painted Garden by garden historian Russell Bowes  www.capabilitybowes.com  The evening will take you on a virtual tour through some of the major art galleries of the world illustrating the history of gardening. From Egyptian tomb paintings to London Underground posters via an unseemly scramble for very expensive tulip bulbs and the landscapes of Capability Brown, all the major trends and fashions in the history of gardening are explored through the medium of paintings.

The cost will be £3 per head for BHS members and £5 per head for guests – to be paid on the door - to include a glass of wine. As the venue is the Lilac Room in the Barbican, please contact BHS if you need to be let into the building by emailing
information@barbicanhortsoc.co.uk
 
And there are some opportunities to do some more volunteering
Bunhill Fields  - every Tuesday 10.00 - 12.30 
After a short break over Christmas, the team are back every Tuesday morning in Bunhill Fields. Come and join this sociable gardening group to look after our Woodland Wildlife Area, native hedge and stunning dry shade bed.

Just turn up - we will provide tools, gloves and hot drniks and biscuits!

 
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in City Gardens Saturday 25 January 8.30 am - 11 am
Join us for our 13th year counting birds in City gardens. We start at Bunhill Fields and walk gently to Cleary garden via Postman's Park, Christchurch Greyfriars and St Paul's  - a distance of about 1.5 miles. Counting sheets and ID guides are provided. We generally spot about 18 different species, including some migratory birds that have flown in for the winter. If you would like to join us please contact Sarah Hudson sarah.hudson192@btinternet.com

I'll look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes
Sarah 
PS. Visit our new website www.friendsofcitygardens.org.uk 
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