Just Living

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but no group community gardening is taking place.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs. Read our notes here.
  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if you can’t work from home).
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home.
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • You can remain infectious for a period after you seem to have recovered.
  • There are many unknowns about this virus. Seek out the provenance of advice and try to stick to substantiated facts.

Our park has so many treasures during April and May. The trees are enjoying their new leaves and blossoms. Wild flowers are blooming and birds are caring for their hungry chicks.

Be kind to your neighbours and community. We are all dealing with varied and difficult challenges.

Some familiar faces are doing remarkable things to keep everyone going.

The work of the Queen’s Park Gardens Community and Sports Hub is dear to our hearts. They are currently assisting the most vulnerable and shielded residents in our community with hot meals (from food provided by The Felix Project and meals created by Ida) and care package support. If you feel you can contribute to the great work they are doing, please visit their Just Giving page to make a small donation (they’ll accept a large one too!).

You might also like to investigate some of the uplifting personal tales being told by customers and staff on Ida’s Instagram account, a beloved restaurant in our community.

Bird Count Results

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but no community gardening is taking place. If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs. Read our notes here.


At the end of January, we joined in the nation’s Garden Birdwatch, counting the birds in our park with Andrew from the RSPB.

You can read more here.

The data has been crunched and once again, the sparrow has come out on top. Read more at the RSPB website.

How do these results compare to our count?

1st House Sparrow 3rd
2nd Starling none
3rd Blue Tit Joint 5th
4th Woodpigeon 2nd
5th Blackbird 4th
6th Goldfinch Joint 6th
7th Great Tit Joint 5th
8th Robin Joint 5th
9th Long-tailed Tit none
10th Magpie Joint 6th
15th Feral Pigeon 1st
19th Wren Joint 6th
52nd ! Mistle Thrush Joint 6th

Covid-19 Update

In line with the most recent government directives regarding the Coronavirus, our group can no longer work in the gardens, regrettably.

Coal Tit on the coconut in the Rose Garden @CairdCrafts

Whilst our activities could be regarded as the allowed ‘once-a-day exercise’, we cannot risk endangering the health of our wonderful, dedicated band of long-standing volunteers and we must protect the lives of the NHS carers upon whom we depend by promoting, encouraging and exercising social-distancing.

We are doing what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we hope you will join us.

For the time being, the park will remain open for solitary exercise but all group activities must cease and small groups will be dispersed. Do not attempt to use the outdoor gym.

Combine dog walking with your once-a-day exercise.

Stay safe. Go out if you must, but be careful and mindful of others.

We are so grateful to the many people who have joined us in the past and sincerely hope to resume our sessions at a safe point in the future.

More information is available from Queen’s Park Community Council’s webpage. You may have witnessed the most recent council meeting in the park, exercising strict social distancing. This was held at 6pm, before the Prime Minister’s latest announcement.

Westminster City Council’s email newsletters are a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest news, offers and events.For more regular updates on our services and activities, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Nature awakens

We are lucky to be able to watch the changes in our park. So many happy neighbours send photos to us, so we’re sharing a few today.

We’re gardening over the next couple of weekends, weather permitting, so please check our sessions page for dates, times and more info.

Thank you to Jill, Claire, Susanna, Ulla and Sue.

Dog Socialising Session

Crissie is holding another FREE dog socialising session this month, in the dog run by Ilbert Street: Dog Training Workshop Sunday, 23rd February 2020 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Crissie – Dog Trainer – 07949 523 710 I canineculture@nullgmail.com I Canineculture.co.uk

Free dog socialising classes funded by Queen’s Park Community Council


Winter Planting

We planted two projects during our last session.


The willow dome has been persistently vandalised over the years. It reduced to an arch and more recently to one small wall of whips.  We hope that our new planting with be left alone long enough to establish itself and are grateful for the kind donation.

Our other planting addition was a crab apple tree, which should be delightful in the spring.

2020 Bird Count

We would like to thank Andrew Peel for his expert guidance during our count again this year. His knowledge and observational skills were invaluable.

Thank you to all the Friends who came along to help, too.

Blue tits
Great tit
House sparrows
10 Wood pigeons
37 Feral pigeons
1 Magpie
1 Wren
1 Mistle Thrush

The national count will be published in April.

We were also visited by a squirrel and saw a cormorant flying overhead.