Category Archives: Community Gardening

Free Beginners’ Gardening Course

With the generous help of the Westminster Adult Education Service, there’s no better time to learn the basics with Ulla and the HCGA team.

Starting on Thursday in our park and then moving to the Beethoven Centre. Registration is essential and all due Covid precautions will be in place. The course will end with a trip to Kew Gardens.

Thursday 6th May
at Queen’s Park Gardens 2pm-3:30pm
Propagating Herbs from Seeds and Cuttings

Thursday 13th May
at The Beethoven Centre 2pm-3:30pm
Plant your Own Hanging basket Salads and Edible flowers

Thursday 20th May
at The Beethoven Centre 2pm-3:30pm
Salads and Edible flowers

Thursday 27th May
at Queen’s Park Gardens 2pm-3:30pm
Planting for butterflies and bees/ companion planting

Thursday 3rd June
MEETING at Queen’s Park Gardens 10am – 2pm
Visit to Kew Gardens

For more info & to book a place

Bookings@nullhcga.org.uk or visit their website: www.hcga.org.uk/events

Course locations:

The Beethoven Centre, Beethoven Centre, Third Ave, London W10 4JL
Queen’s Park Gardens, Fourth Avenue, London, W10 4QT

Online Houseplant Trouble Shooting 17th March 7 – 8pm

Please join our lovely friends at HCGA for a free online Houseplant Problems and How to Solve Them Workshop on Wednesday, 17 March from 7-8pm.  Participants need to BOOK A PLACE from here.

Bobby Ho has lots of top tips to help you get rid of any houseplant pests, diseases or disorders to help your houseplants survive and thrive and you can ask him a houseplant question too!

If you have a specific question, please email a photo of your houseplant problem in advance of the session and Bobby will try his best to help you to diagnose the problem and fix it; more info on this will be sent to you in your booking confirmation. Depending on time, we may only be able to answer one question per person.

Online Houseplant Care Workshop 10 March 7-8pm

Please join our lovely friends at HCGA for a free online Houseplant Care Workshop on Wednesday, 10 March from 7-8pm.  Participants need to BOOK A PLACE using this link.

HCGA recently ran a very informative Houseplant Workshop and are planning to repeat this for participants in our Westminster based projects.
Next week they will be running a trouble shooting houseplant session.

  

Bobby Ho will talk through the most important tips and tricks for caring for your houseplants and you can ask him a houseplant question too!

This online talk followed by a houseplant Q and A will provide lots of useful tips for beginner gardeners through to intermediate (and even some advanced areas).  Bring along one of your poorly houseplants to show us and get some help from Bobby Ho, a Hammersmith local and all-round plant nerd!

If you have a specific houseplant that you need Bobby’s help with, please email us a photo of the plant and Bobby will try his best to help you. Depending on the time, we may only be able to help you with one question each.

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.