The transformation of Fairfax Street had started! If you live in Bishophill and want to get involved get in touch. It’s not just for the bees!

Hello fellow neighbours and gardeners! Join us Bank Holiday Monday 31 May at 3pm in the Community Garden for a social afternoon of planting beautiful flowers.

There will be some mowing going on, planting bed preparation, dealing with overgrown areas, all over a cold drink from the Golden Ball if you like. Let us know if you are joining us so we can plan ahead.

Hope to see you Monday

Hi all. Community Gardening session 1pm this Sunday 9th May. All welcome.

There will be some light community gardening going on at 1pm this Saturday (24th Apr) and 2pm Sunday. Please feel free to come along and join in with either (or both!) sessions.🌾

Hi all,

we are having a bit of a go in the community garden 1pm tomorrow Saturday 17th April if you fancy doing a bit of tidying.

The pub garden now being open is entirely coincidental…..

We have been singing Carols in the streets of Bishophill for over 30 years, raising thousands of pounds for charity from generous residents.  (No people didn’t pay us to go away, cheeky!)

This year organisers are investigating if we can carry on carolling safely, within the rules.  However, as the rules could change on the 19th of December it could be a late call.

In the meantime, Radio York are hosting socially-distanced Carol singing on Wednesday 16th December at 6pm and you can join in from your own doorstep! Click the link for more info and to download the words for the Carols we’ll be singing  (not that we need them, of course, ahem…)

Lovely look at the works happening at “Tower Two” on the Baile Hill section of the City Walls. Thanks to York Archaeological Trust for the video link below, we believe there is more to follow….

Date: 16th October 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Venue: Bishophill Community Garden Address: Cromwell Road, York

Autumn in the Community Garden

PCSOs will be on hand in the area to discuss any issues you have. The event will be outside and socially distanced. Please bring a mask and wash your hands before you speak with the officers.

Due to COVID-19 PCSO’s haven’t been as proactive in our community events as they would have liked, as they have been trying to maintain social distancing.

They are hosting a community meet and greet session for the Bishophill, as a couple of PCSOs have moved to work in the area and they are keen to get involved in their local community.

If you live locally please feel free to come down to Bishophill Community Gardens opposite the Golden Ball Pub on Cromwell Road, York and talk to them about any issues. The event will be outside so dress according to the weather and please bring a face covering when speaking with the officer.

11:00am- 1:00pm Friday 16th October 2020.

UPDATE – we’re booking an indoor space for our first meeting – one that is large enough and Covid Secure. We will not have this sorted in time for the 6th Sep but hopefully it will be in the week or so after. Please watch this space. 🙂🌱

Bishophillbillies has won a grant from ‘Growing Green Spaces’ to fill the neighbourhood with plants and flowers. 

What’s it all about?

The project will undertake planting and other improvements that increase biodiversity and create green corridors in Bishophill.  It will also be a start-up activity for longer term volunteering initiatives and community activities.

How will we do it?

This will be a community led project and we will involve people by using a technique called ‘Social Mapping’. This means we want to find our local community skills and assets, and get your ideas on how we can improve our neighbourhood.

Get Involved

Ideas already include protected pollinator zones, sensory gardens, window boxes, street planters and green benches.  Locations include both sides of the city walls in the Bishophill area, the local community garden, and streets in the neighbourhood.


We will be holding a Covid-safe start up meeting at 1.00 pm on Sunday 6th September.  Depending on numbers this will either be a socially distanced public meeting and / or online.

Please reply to this email/blog post if you are interested in attending – or if you can’t attend but would like to be involved later.

Thanks from Bishophillbillies Emily Hunter, Will James, Pete Kilbane, Jamie Sims, Diana Tircomnicu

Working in partnership with St. Nicks, Brunswick Organic Nursery and alongside Historic England, York Civic Trust and City of York Council.

Can you dig it?

We will be having a quick turn of the compost and a general tidy up in the Community Garden this Saturday 20th June at 1pm.

There’s plenty of room for social distancing so please come along and help out if you can.

Bring a flask of tea and we can have meet the neighbours get together afterwards.

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