Hopefully it's some comfort in these times to know that there's new life springing up at the station.
Some years ago, Network Rail gave us access to this corner of land, on the Bedford Road side, by the footbridge. At the time we dreamed of creating the 'Bedford Rose Garden', partly because we love a bad pun, and mostly because it seemed like a lovely thing to do.
We didn't do anything for years, partly because we've been busy with other things, also because Giles, so central to so much of what we did, passed away. But as one life passed, we were blessed to have a new devoted friend appear in the form of Jane, who took the space to heart, in a way, without knowing, a huge tribute to Giles' passion and imagination. Jane started this off by clearing the right hand side, planting 150 bulbs, climbers all up against the fence and more. It has since evolved organically every day. Michael likes to go down there for his daily isolated exercise, usually 6-8pm, and it is growing and growing, with additions from new friends such as Dan on Outram Road, Gail passing by with a bounty of seeds, Bex (Crescent Road) with loads of bulbs, and more. We now have the Bedford Rose Garden! There are five roses. In fact, six with the Rambling Rector over the arch, plus Alexandra Pallets, the Fruit Train, a flat pallet which will be a veg bed, Gail's Garden to come, Dan's tree in the corner, and much more. It's evolving in many ways like the Friends started off - with the community donating ideas and plants. If you have an idea or something you'd like to offer to it, please do say. Otherwise, it's a nice walk for a water (with those great big bottles they sell in Crescent Supermarket!), and a lovely isolated space available for all. We have two keys at the moment, and can leave in a safe place for anyone who would like to go there just to relax, and/or water, or anything else. It's very much a community garden for us, the community of Ally Pally. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy watching it grow as you pass by. Do take care on that path, which seems not to be great for 2 metres! We think it should be one way. But enjoy the BR Gardens on your walks, from any angle, and we very much hope that it gives us all something to enjoy together at this time. So hopeful and comforting to have growth and hope. On which note, Dave is dear to us as he is to all in the area. His grapevine, which he gave to us, is at the top by Bedford Road (on the left out of view in this picture). so do say hello to Dave when you pass. We are thinking of him every minute of every day. x