Category Archives: Community Gardening

Notice of Annual General Meeting

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday, Jan 25th, 2021 at 6:00 pm London.

 

This will be a Zoom Event and you are very welcome to join us. Please email us in good time to obtain a link at gardens@nullqueenspark.org.
Ray will be at the virtual door to let everyone in.
Edited to add that the AGM report can be downloaded from here.

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.

Covid-19 May 2020

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

STAY ALERT

Read the Prime Minister’s address for the latest information and this document for clarification about what you can and can’t do (correct at time of blogging).

  • Stay at home as much as possible but if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home & regularly thereafter.
  • Limit contact with other people.
  • 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.
  • You may not be immune if you have had the virus. We are waiting for conclusive research.

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Cover your face if you’re in enclosed places like the supermarket.

There are still many unknowns about this virus. Seek out the provenance of advice you hear or read. Try to stick to first hand, substantiated facts.

In line with the most recent government directives regarding the Coronavirus, we will review our plans with regard to community gardening when the appropriate stage is reached. Please watch for updates.

Whilst our activities could be regarded as the allowed, we do not want to 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 control the spread of COVID-19 and we hope you will join us.

Luckily, our park has remained open but do not attempt to use the outdoor gym.

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

More information is available from Queen’s Park Community Council’s webpage.  The official government pages, including all the press conference transcripts, are here.

Staying Safe Outside your Home (click).

Staying Alert and Safe (click).

The Westminster City Council’s Residents newsletter (subscribe here) is another great way to stay up-to-date with the latest news, offers and events. These updates used to be weekly but are much more frequent at the moment. For more regular updates on their services and activities, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

More options are here.

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 food (from supplies 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!).

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.

School Holidays

We are a close community and during the school holidays we have a lot of children in  danger of getting bored, but they don’t have to!

Ulla holds special gardening sessions in the Rose Garden/Orchard on Thursdays throughout August between 2pm and 4pm (in additional to her usual 10am sessions).

The Avenues Youth Project is buzzing all through the holidays. Drop into the corner of Third Avenue and Droop Street to find out more. Their full contact details are here.

Ryan and his unstoppable team at the QPG Community Hub at 254 Kilburn Lane have organised a programme of Summer Camp events. You can find all their contact details here.

Short Gardening Course

Yet another wonderful opportunity from our friends at HCGA, and free for all!

Suitable for beginners/would-be gardeners, including Ideas for indoor gardening, balconies and window boxes.

Dates and times:

6th June 10.30am to 12.30pm – Muck and Magic @ The Rose Garden QPG
13th June 10.30 to 12.30  – Houseplant Gardening @ The Beethoven Centre
20th June 2 to 4pm – Herbs and Hanging Baskets @ The Beethoven Centre
27th June 2 to 4pm – Gardening to Attract Wildlife @ The Rose Garden
4th July 2 to 4pm –  Annuals V Perennials @ The Rose Garden
11th July 2 to 4pm – Visit to Phoenix Farm, W12

Email info@nullhcga.org.uk for more details or to book a place.

Locations:
The Rose Garden is at the west side of Queen’s Park Gardens,  alongside Fourth Avenue.
The Beethoven Centre is at Third Ave, London W10 4JL
Phoenix Farm is in Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7DB

Gardening Workshops in W12

Our wonderful gardening friends at HCGA are holding some workshops at their W12 site.

This is a great opportunity to learn new gardening skills.

Saturday 19th January, Pruning Workshop

10am – 1pm, Phoenix Farm, Bloemfontein Road, W12 0RQ
Learn how to correctly prune your fruit trees, bushes and flowering plants at this informative
practical workshop. Booking required, please call 07890 514 050 or email bookings@nullhcga.org.uk

Saturday 9th February, Willow Weaving Workshop

10am – 1pm, Phoenix Farm, Bloemfontein Road, W12 0RQ
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Make beautiful creations to take home as well as contributing to larger structures for the farm. Booking required, please call 07890 514 050 or email bookings@nullhcga.org.uk

Saturday 23rd February, Grafting Workshop

10am – 1pm, Phoenix Farm, Bloemfontein Road, W12 0RQ
Graft your own fruit tree to take home. Booking required, please call 07890 514 050 or email
 bookings@nullhcga.org.uk