• Events,  Imagery,  Nature,  work party

    Biodiversity Work Party

    Last Saturday’s work party was notable for two things: the amount of work that got done, and the number of people that didn’t turn up. Six parks workers, the council ecologist, and (briefly) one HPF volunteer were in attendance, and did a dramatic amount of work on the east end of the big pond, plus strimming around the Henburys pond. Part of the idea is to change the pH of both pools by clearing laurel and rhododendron from the banks. An extra benefit is that both ponds are now easier to walk around, and have somewhat more light falling on them. The result

  • Events,  Henbury,  Meeting,  News

    Henburys Garden Talk, Phillada Ballard, 12 Nov

    If you’ve seen the November issue of B13 Magazine, you may have read the piece about Highbury Community Partnerships. You may also have seen the clearing and coppicing at a couple of places in the park. Those are two strands of community-based HCP landscape projects happening in the park. The third strand of HCP projects is getting underway with a jointly-sponsored public lecture about the Henburys, which is the first in a series of gardening seminars aimed at getting a group of people to research and develop a restoration garden on the site. The lecture will be by the eminent Highbury landscape historian Phillada Ballard, next Friday, 12 November, from…

  • Henbury,  History

    Henburys History

    We’ve been hearing recently from Dave Ludlow in relation to his ancestors who lived at the Henburys. Dave has sent us a copy of an obituary for George Frederick Lyndon, including a transcription. Mr. Lyndon was both accomplished and a man of wide-ranging interests, and seems to have been connected with many local institutions or noteworthy activities. “Mr. Lyndon, who was aged 83, was the son of Mr. Walter A. Lyndon, who lived at the Henburys, which estate now forms part of Uffculme Park.” W.A. Lyndon founded local edge tool firm Minerva Works at Fazeley Street, and G.F. Lyndon inherited both the business and the family home at Kings Heath,…

  • Events,  History,  Imagery,  Walks

    Henbury Walk Results

    Our Saturday morning walk was very pleasant, a bit informative, and fostered lots of imaginative discussion. We traced the footprint of old features, and discovered an unnoticed but interesting aspect of the garden wall. We spent a good chunk of time speculating on the precise location of buildings and things shown on the 1884 Ordnance Survey map. As part of that exercise, we photographed the current view from almost the same spot in the rose garden as in a much older photograph before the Henburys was knocked down. This is pretty much the same view, framed by tree and hedge on the left, and rhododendrons on the right. Whether any…