Category Archives: Open Spaces

The Dog Show Is Back!

This fun, family-friendly event is now ticketed for your safety on Saturday, 15th August 2020 from 11:00am to 1pm BST

Please read the new rules carefully.

  • Ms Diva
  • Mr Slick
  • Pup Idol
  • Best Rescue
  • Best Dog Costume

Temperature check and hand gel upon entry.
Hand gel and mask provided.
You must remain in family groups with 2metre distance at all times.
There will be highly vulnerable people attending.
Please look after each other and stay safe.

Register HERE.

There are very limited places for these special events, with a temperature check, hand gel and mask provided on arrival and you MUST register.

More events in the park below:

The Secret Summer Festival – 1st August 2020 from 10am to 11:30 am. Registration details are here.

The Queen’s Park Reality Show (14 – 16 yr olds) 10th to 21st August 2020 from 11am to 3pm every weekday. Registration details are here.

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but we’re not gardening until we feel it is safe for us to do so, as we work in public spaces.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs.

The Queen’s Park Reality Show (14 – 16 yr olds)

REGISTER here for a place and we will inform you ASAP if you are on the mission. 10th to 21st August 2020 from 11am to 3pm* every weekday.

A Summer Programme with a twist!

You’ve seen TOWIE. You’ve seen Love Island. Now let’s make the Queen’s Park Reality Show! 

REGISTER NOW – limited spaces 

  • 11am – 3pm* daily (Mon-Fri) 
  • Free trips
  • Free lunch 
  • Free practical workshops
  • New skills – new perspective – new opportunities – SOCIAL MEDIA!!!
  • People aged 14 – 16
  • W9/W10 only 
  • Covid-19 secure – health checks, social distancing outdoors, hand-sanitiser and masks provided
  • Prizes for ongoing community volunteering

* flexible hours – subject to change

People from Mozart, Lydford, QP Gardens and QP Court Estates and surrounding streets will be given priority. All free and lunch is provided!

There are very limited places for these special shows, with a temperature check, hand gel and mask provided on arrival and you MUST register.

More events in the park below:

The Secret Summer Festival1st August 2020 from 10am to 11:30 am. Registration details are here.

The Dog Show Is Back15th August 2020 Registration details are here.

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but we’re not gardening until we feel it is safe for us to do so, as we work in public spaces.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs.

Secret Summer Festival

Queen’s Park Community Council are proud to present a secret Summer Festival just for you!

Meet a Meerkat and dance with a cello!

All socially distanced and safe, with temperature check, mask and hand gel provided. Register here for free.

Sat, 1 August 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30 BST

The wonderful world of Living Things live animal show!

Amazing Bowjangles, singing, dancing, string quartet!

There are very limited places for these special shows, with a temperature check, hand gel and mask provided on arrival and you MUST register.

More events in the park below:

The Queen’s Park Reality Show (14 – 16 yr olds) – 10th to 21st August 2020 from 11am to 3pm every weekday. Registration details are here.

The Dog Show Is Back – 15th August 2020 Registration details are here.

  • Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but we’re not gardening until we feel it is safe for us to do so, as we work in public spaces.
  • If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs.

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.

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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?

UK Bird QPG
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

Bulb Planting Day!


Ulla and the wonderful HCGA team are holding a small bulb planting & apple themed morning of activities on the 26th October from 10am to 1pm.

They’ll be doing some bulb planting and other activities to make our park even more beautiful. Please come and be a part of this event.

Ulla holds a session in and around the Orchard every Thursday morning from 10am. More details here.

Recycle Week 2019

It is Recycling Week again. Many of the people who read this page will live in Westminster, where our park is located*.  Every borough has slightly different recycling requirements but Westminster has it’s own particular issues related to the transient nature of a proportion of its occupants in the more central areas. The different wards of the borough cannot have tailor made routines for individual needs, so the council tries to make it easier for residents by providing mixed recycling  collections across the borough. Improvements and trials are happening on a weekly basis to address the changing habits of our communities.

It’s always handy to check their online guide if you are unsure about what to do with an item of rubbish and they have produced these helpful flyers too.


Fly tipping is a big problem in our area and whilst it is easy to get angry at people’s lack of consideration or even exploitation, some older members of the community or visitors from places who deal with rubbish differently, put certain items on the street in the genuine belief that the bin men will take them, like they used to many, many years ago!  There are a multitude of reasons why it is impractical to do that nowadays some of which are financially based out of consideration for most residents.

For instance, the vehicles that collect our black bags are not designed to crunch down larger items that may also contain toxic elements.  Furthermore, if those trucks fill up with larger items they have to return to base for emptying sooner than they should, which means additional journeys to collect the rest of the black bags in the streets, costing more time, fuel and vehicle wear & tear. It is for this reason they have a fleet of special vehicles for the big or specialist things but they do not think it is fair for everyone to pay for running these trucks, so they make a charge if there are bulky items to collect (book one here). So when you see fly tipping in your street, it is not only unsightly but the cost of removing it is impacting on your pocket – money that could be better spent elsewhere in the community.

If you are fed up to see items dumped on your street (or any issue that needs the council’s attention), the revamped reporting portal allows you to pinpoint the problem on a map and do so without bothering to log in. It is also available as an app for your phone (scroll down for the links).

Finally, if you have something you no longer need but might be useful to someone else, think about swapping it with friends or you can attend one of Westminster’s popular Give & Take events. Check the events portal here.

*Brent Recycling site.

Kensington and Chelsea site.

2019 Dog Show!

The festival would not be complete without Crissie and the Dog Show!
3rd August 2019 in the Dog Area by the Ilbert Street/Third Avenue entrance, Queen’s Park Gardens
Registration (Essential)  is at 11:30 am
Event Begins at 12 noon.
Categories:
Ms Diva – Mr Slick
Pup Idol
Best Senior
Best Rescue
Luv My Staffie
For other festival info, please see here.

How Many Birds?

 

With great thanks to the vast knowledge of Andrew from the RSPB, we had a glorious bird count in the park for their Garden Birdwatch.

Our friends,  the Cheeky Rascals Child Minding Group were also counting in the Wildlife Area, where we began. The children were so energised and interested.

 

 

We were there for 11 mins & saw:
Blackbirds
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tits
House sparrows
Robin
Wood pigeons
1 Feral pigeons

 

We moved over to the Rose Garden for a more sustained session for the prescribed one hour, and this is the count submitted to the RSPB.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
15 House sparrows
Robin
Wood pigeons
8 Feral pigeons
1 Dunnock
1 Coal tit
1 Chaffinch
1 Common Gull
1 Grey Heron (flying overhead)

 

Why not consider becoming a member of the RSPB to support all the great work they do and learn much more?  Andrew came to us from the Central London group who hold a variety of meetings and talks.

 

 

These were our results last year.