Conway Hall is a partner in the Bloomsbury Squared Programme, led by Camden Council, looking at new and innovative approaches in the use, operation and management of nine of the Bloomsbury Squares. Camden Council is one of 11 ‘park trailblazers’ awarded funding from the Rethinking Parks Programme run by Nesta, the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund to investigate and rethink our approach to managing public spaces.
The project is working with local communities, residents, businesses, and the Commissioners and Friends of nine of the Bloomsbury Squares to explore alternative funding sources which could be harnessed to support the Squares in the future. This includes exploring the income generating potential of the Squares, but also recognising the need to retain local residents amenities and to maintain the Squares for public enjoyment.
An initial pilot project was set up working with the local community in Red Lion Square Gardens to test ideas for sustainable fund raising. The voluntary group of local residents and organisations organised:
- activities to encourage business support and sponsorship
- a volunteer community gardening scheme to tidy and brighten up the square
- work to support Red Lion Square Café
- local research to identify the history and famous personalities associated with the Square
The group have had some very successful results and they have now formally established themselves as The Friends of Red Lion Square.
For more information contact Chairman Jim Walsh, c/o The Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL or phone 0207 405 1818 for further information.