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Queen’s Park Gardens’ Summer Festival

This year’s Summer Festival was another wonderful success.
We had our own little table inside the Wildlife Area. So many families and individuals were happy to say hello. Some people just came to relax in the peaceful surroundings for a while.
We had a little treasure hunt for the younger gardeners and lots of new people signed up for our gardening information. If you picked up a leaflet, you can join our mailing list here. We only send mails once in a while to let you know when we are going to be working in the park.

Here are some photos from the Wildlife Area.
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and these are from the main festival in the rest of the park.
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If, for any reason, you would like us to remove any of these photos, please get in touch.

Preparing for Queen’s Park Gardens’ Festival

DSCN4434.jpgWe’re opening the Wildlife Area for everyone to enjoy on Saturday. You can meet some of the regular gardeners, pick up information and have a look at what we’re doing. We may even have something fun for the kids to do.

The Cheeky Rascals Childminders Group have also made some fun contributions to area but out latest project has been the Grand Marigold Bug Hotel. This project has been close to the heart of the main driving force of the Friends group, Ray. He sourced most of the materials and even found a lovely container which we have made into a roof terrace for the hotel.

Last weekend, we were finally able to plant it in preparation for everyone to see it during the Festival.

Due to the kindness of a donation from the head gardener at the Royal College of Physician Garden of Medicinal Plants we were able to fill it with wonderful indigenous flowers that will attract bees, bugs and butterflies.

Ray has also spread some more bark in the hotel area to make it easier to walk around.

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Queen’s Park Spring Clean 2015!

What a wonderful success!  The Community Council, working with the co-operation of Veolia, Westminster Council and the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens, organised a massive day of action in our beautiful neighbourhood.

For the volunteers, the day began in the Wildlife Area of Queen’s Park Gardens, where we had a quick health & safety talk, then tooled up with special t-shirts, green bags and hoops, pooper scoopers, litter pickers,  gloves, and for some executive volunteers, stencils and a can or two of spray chalk.

We divided into groups to make a sweep of each street. One team did the long roads like Portnall and Bravington; another group combed the avenues running from Harrow Road and the little adjoining streets. We had people concentrating on Kilravock to Peach and finally a party was despatched to look after the park itself.  We also had our dog expert, Crissie Chambers on the streets, giving advice to dog owners.

Mainly focussing our efforts on the road and pavement, we quickly filled our green bags, but if we saw a front garden that was looking a bit cluttered, we tapped on the front door asking for permission to clear the debris that had been left by passers-by.  Some people had larger items and we asked if they’d like us to arrange a one-off collection for them today*.

Sadly, we also came across obstacles like these.

Huge items like this fridge freezer and a door had been left in the street. This is such a hazard for children and our many elderly neighbours and of course, it is illegal.  This kind of fly-tipping is a big problem on the estate. If you do notice anything please call the council’s environment action line (020 7641 2000) or here.



We also found a lot of dog ends and dog mess, both of which are unnecessary if dealt with responsibly by caring members of the community. It is a shame that a few thoughtless people spoil our lovely streets for everyone else.

We were such a strong team of workers that we we had time to break for some lunch in St Jude’s Hall on Ilbert Street.  Emma Morgan made a dash to Sainsbury, grabbing sandwiches and drinks for us all so that we could sit and rest for a while.


In the afternoon, we concentrated our efforts in The Mozart Estate, ending up on Dart Street with the Westminster Recycling Champions team, who had supported us so well today, and to return all of our tools to the lovely men from Veolia.

You can read more about the day and its intentions here.  It was such a success that we we hope to hold another one in the coming months, unless all our neighbours and visitors get into the habit of cleaning up for themselves!

We met some wonderful people and had the chance to chat to new neighbours, thrilled to see us working to make our community a cleaner place. All this was in the glorious sunshine.  Thank you to everyone who joined in,  younger and older too.

Did you see us and talk to us?  Would you like to join in the next time we do this?  Contact the Community Council with your details and they’ll keep you informed via the mailing list.

There are more than 40 photos in our gallery. Thank you to Ray Lancashire for taking most of these.

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Queen’s Park Gardens Visit 21st June 2014

Queen’s Park Gardens 21st June 2014

We decided to tackle the overgrown circular area around the bush in Queen’s Park Gardens. This area has not been touched since Alex carefully planted tulips, last November. Now the Wildflower Meadow has been sown, apart from weeding  we can focus our attention on other areas.
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Unfortunately, some bulbs were dug up in the course of digging out weeds, sorry Alex. We replanted them carefully.
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Congratulations on a job well done.
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Our next task is to trim the bush.
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If you are interested in helping out for a few hours in our Wildlife Area, please come along to our next session. Click for dates and times.

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Wildlife Area Visit 5th October 2013

Wildlife Area 5th October 2013

Alex and Fabian in front of the willow dome surveying the accomplishments from our last visit.
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New team member Fabian and Anne getting stuck into clearing unwanted  weeds. photo KVS_3874_zpsj4zifomd.jpg
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King of the Hill Tony.
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Tony came up with the idea of filling a large white sack with wood chips while Alex emptied the wheelbarrow.
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Cleaned up area, ready for next week.
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If you are interested in helping out for a few hours in our Wildlife Area,  please come along to our next session. Click for dates and times.

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Wildlife Area Visit 13th July 2013

Wildlife Area visit 13th July 2013. A glorious sunny day for working in the garden. The willow dome is looking a little over grown since our last visit. photo KVS_2620_zpsvzczxa52.jpg
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We had a special visit by the The Reverend David Ackerman from the Parish Church of Saint John the Evangelist. photo KVS_2660_zpsc7l7508k.jpg