Category Archives: Well Being

End of Summer Plant Sale!

Following the sell-out success of Ulla’s event in July QPCC & HCGA are delighted to announce their End-of-summer Queen’s Park Plant Sale (more details below image).

As part of the Play Streets Initiative, they will be holding a pop-up sale on Kilravock Street (Fifth Ave end) on Thursday 27 August from 3.30pm to 5pm. 

Here’s a sneak preview of some plants that will be available:

Herbs: lavender, rosemary, basil (purple, lemon), sage, lemon balm, fennel, lemon verbena

Fruit & Veg: beetroot, swiss chard, spinach, raspberry bush

Ornamental plants: sunflowers, cyclamen, day lilies, geraniums/pelargoniums, dianthus, range of indoor/house plants

Free gardening advice will be available.

We will be accepting cash – exact money only-and offering a card payment facility.

Please come along, bring your gardening queries and your reusable bags and pick up some plant bargains. 

Social distancing rules will be in operation. Please respect them..

Enjoy Our Park

Enjoy Our Local Park

We’re still not running official sessions, for safety reasons but you may notice some of our team quietly working away in the park.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the activities run by the QPCC this month. More events below:

The Secret Summer Festival –  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 running official 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 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.

Let’s Get Talking

The Mozart Community Champions will be delivering a workshop based around managing stress, via Zoom at 2pm on Tuesday, 23rd July.

The workshop is free to attend for those living in and around the Mozart and Queen’s Park estates in Westminster.

They hope to explore ways to manage stress; share tips and ideas; create personal plans for managing stress. They will also discuss ways to support friends and families by reducing their stress.

If you would like to join in, please click here to send an email expressing your interest (kimberley@nullpdt.org.uk). or phone 07704 157 098.

Click for Facebook and Twitter links.

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

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.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Goldfinch
Great tit
House sparrows
Robin
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.

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.

A New Academic Year

Not wanting to wish the weeks away, a new term is about to start and it is time to look at fresh activities.

Thanks go to the QPG Community Hub for bringing the ETACS scheme to our attention.

Many short courses are completely free and conclude with certification.  Read more here and here.

Check the QPG Community Hub website for updates about the new term’s activities in the park and Kilburn Lane site.

The Avenues Youth Project will resume their Monday to Friday, after-school, term-time activities next week During the day, Open Age will resume their programme for the Autumn term with new additions and exciting trips for those in the community who are over 50 years old.

This page covers all the Open Age hubs in the tri-borough. Many (even most) can be attended regardless of which of these boroughs you live in.