Category Archives: Learning

Seed and Plant Swap

Spring is here, the daffodils are in flower and we are excited to learn that Ulla and HCGA are launching this years Queen’s Park in Bloom with a cost-of-living friendly Seed and Plant Swap. 

Events will be held at the Rose Garden in Queen’s Park Gardens, Fourth Ave, W10  4QJ on:
Sunday 2 April at 12 noon – 3pm
Thursday 6 April at 2pm – 4pm

The idea is simple:
Bring any spare seeds, plants or cuttings you have  and exchange them with others you find and fancy.
Drop off any plastic plant pots you no longer need.

Meet your neighbours and swap any gardening tips.

They will be selling good quality Melcourt Sylva Grow peat-free potting compost: £1 small bag (bring your own bag), £3 x 30L bag or £5 x 50L bag. Bring cash or card.

They will also be offering gardening advice, so do bring your questions and queries.

It’s too good to miss.

You can learn more about Ulla’s weekly community gardening sessions here.

Summer Festival on Twitter

The Summer Festival was a sunny celebration of our neighbourhood this year.

Beginners Gardening Course

WAES and HCGA are holding a free, month long gardening course for beginners, covering a different topic each week.

Thursday 28th April 2022 at Queen’s Park Gardens 1:30pm to 3pm: Seed Sowing – How, When & Where.
Thursday 5th May 2022 at Queen’s Park Gardens 1:30pm to 3pm: Knowing your weeds, looking at common annual & perennial weeds (plant ID), different weeding techniques for each, use of edible and medicinal weeds.
Thursday 12th May 2022 at Queen’s Park Gardens 1:30pm to 3pm: Sustainable Gardening, composting (garden/leaf), making comfrey/nettle feed, growing for pollinators, using peat-free potting compost- what is it & why it’s essential.
Thursday 19th May 2022 at Queen’s Park Gardens 1:30pm to 3pm: Plant your Own Hanging basket.
Thursday 26th May 2022 – 10am to 2pm: Visit to Kew Gardens.

This gardening course is free, all you need to do is…

*Complete an enrolment form
*Show your ID at enrolment
*Be a resident of Westminster borough
*Attend every week


Friends’ Gardening Sessions Resumed


We are happy to announce we are back in our boots! 

We begin our new schedule of regular, weekly Wildlife Area sessions this Saturday.

Our first session is organised for Saturday, 26th February 2022, starting at 10 am and running through the morning until 1 pm.  You are welcome to join us at any time within those hours, for as little or long as you like.

We meet in the Wildlife Area of Queen’s Park Gardens with all equipment provided – just wear sensible clothing and bring plenty of enthusiasm. You can turn up for as long or as short a time as you want. We will be working in the open air with social distancing and as always, weather permitting!

Following on from this Saturday, our schedule of sessions for March, are as follows:

Saturday 5th March 2022
Saturday 12th March 2022
Saturday 19th March 2022
Saturday 26th March 2022

We look forward to seeing you soon.

If you would like to join our mailing list, please drop us a line via the Contact Form.

Free Healing Course

Our lovely HCGA has joined forces with RBKC to provide a 5 week course to learn the healing properties of herbs.  This takes place in the Canalside Activity Centre by Sainsbury’s.

The first session is from 10am to noon on Wednesday (23rd Feb 2022) so get in touch with if you would like to join or need more information.

Christmas Chill Club

Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st December in the W.E.C.H Community Centre

Chill Club (age 11 – 16) – 11am to 3pm each day – Christmas Holiday Club for ages 11-16 people living in W2, W9, W10. Activities, Discussion, Fun, Snowballs, Nerf, Games, FOOD, Creative activities, or just chillin’ with friends. HANDS, FACE, SPACE. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Christmas in Queen’s Park

The Queen’s Park Community Council have some lovely events coming up and are looking for volunteers to help.   Please email Shuwanna or call 020 8960 5644 to get involved.

  • Saturday 4th December, Community Clean up: Festive edition
  • Saturday 4th December, Winter Festival 
  • Monday 6th to Thursday 9th December, Santa Truck 
  • Wednesday 8th December, Festive Community Lunch

You  can read more in their newsletter here which includes notices of upcoming meetings.

Saturday 4th December, 3pm–6pm (Donkey rides from 1pm) in Queen’s Park Gardens.

Queen’s Park Winter Festival
The Annual Queen’s Park Winter Festival will be held on Saturday 4th December. The event will feature Santa’s grotto and photo booth, carolling, wreath making, smores, kids snowball fight, donkey rides and much more! This event is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Saturday 4th December from 10am meeting in the Wildlife Area, Queen’s Park Gardens

Community Clean up: Festive edition 
Join in ahead of this year’s Winter Festival. Wear your Santa hats, Elf ears, etc, and don’t forget to bring a mug for a warm cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine afterwards!
Please call 020 8960 5644 or email Millie for more information.

Monday 6th – Thursday 9th December from 4pm–6pm  throughout the streets of Queen’s Park ward

Watch out for the Queen’s Park Santa Truck which will return to the streets of Queen’s Park again this year. Each and every street will receive a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus. Listen out for the music and head out to wave hello! The Santa Truck will be collecting food donations for the Granville Community Kitchen and hampers for the vulnerable in our community. Please give if you can. 

Tuesday 7th December 2021 from 10am

Queen’s Park Walk. There is one more Well-Being walk left in the HCGA schedule. More info here. The walks are free and all you need to do is…Book a place by emailing, complete an enrolment form, show your ID at enrolment, meet up in good time at Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, London, W10 4NE

Weds 8th December from 12 Noon – 3pm, The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL

Festive Community Lunch 
You are invited to attend the Queen’s Park Festive Community Lunch for a free roast lunch with mince pies and mulled wine (Halal and Vegetarian option too), Christmas carolling, the Big Queen’s Park Quiz, well-being activities and more.  Please call 020 8960 5644 or 074 6962 6649 or email Shuwanna to book.

This event is supported by Eco World, Community Champions, ESP Foundation, Open Age, Age UK, The Avenues Youth Project, QPG Hub, M&S, A2Dominion Beethoven Centre and the Queen’s Park Primary School who all helped in bringing this celebration together.  

Sunday 12th December, 12pm–1pm The Dog Run in Queen’s Park Gardens.

Pre-Christmas Dog Socialising Class
Join Canine Culture for a free pre-Christmas dog socialising class.

  • Keeping your dog safe and happy during the holiday
  • Advice on food
  • Emergency contacts

Please call Crissie on 07949 523 710 or email Crissie.

Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd December in the W.E.C.H Community Centre

LEGO Disco Crimbo – 11am to 3pm each day, full of fun, music, active games, stories, LEGO, and more! Free lunches for kids eligible for free school meals. Local families from W2, W9, W10 only please. HANDS, FACE, SPACE. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st December in the W.E.C.H Community Centre

Chill Club (age 11 – 16) – 11am to 3pm each day – Christmas Holiday Club for ages 11-16 people living in W2, W9, W10. Activities, Discussion, Fun, Snowballs, Nerf, Games, FOOD, Creative activities, or just chillin’ with friends. HANDS, FACE, SPACE. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Subscribe the the QPCC newsletter (scroll to the bottom) and to be first to learn of events and meetings, plus ongoing important local info. (latest one is here).

Queen’s Park library have some events in December. Pop in from the cold to see their notice board and borrow a good book. You can check here as well.

St John’s Church has a series of festive events which Father David has tweeted about here.

St Luke’s and St Emmanuel’s also have events.

Please try to shop locally, if you can.

Once again, our park is one of the four local sites for real tree recycling. Please remove ALL decorations. Try to keep the area tidy and fit for its intended purpose. Trees can be recycled from 28th December 21 until the end of day 11 January 2022. (To find your nearest site visit:

There are no planned changes to collection days for recycling and rubbish collections over Christmas and New Year. Your collection day(s) will remain as normal.You can check your collect days and times here.  For the latest info:

Walking for Health

HCGA will be running a series of walks throughout 2021 and 2022 in association with WAES, RBK&C and Westminster Libraries. The next few start at 10am and are on Tuesdays through November and December.

Booking is essential for all walks. Walk finish times will vary depending on location and walk, please ask for details when booking.  Walk lengths vary from 3-6 miles and will be slow/moderately paced, with opportunities for wildlife watching and sight-seeing.

Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear for walking and bring a packed lunch and water. Some locations may have a café and other facilities.

The walks are free and all you need to do is…

*Book a place by emailing us at:

*Complete an enrolment form

*Show your ID at enrolment

*Meet up in good time at Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, London, W10 4NE


TUESDAY 23rd November 2021 10am CANALSIDE WALK

TUESDAY 7th December 2021 10am QUEEN’S PARK WALK


Community clean-up

Celebrating and protecting our local environment.

Following on from the QPCC’s successful event in June, which saw 20 bags of litter taken off of the streets of Queen’s Park, they will be hosting another Queen’s Park Community Clean-Up to tie in with the Great Green Week this Saturday the 25th of September.

11:00 – 13:00
Saturday 25th September 2021, Queen’s Park Gardens
(Wildlife area)

Sign up for your place on Eventbrite, phoning 07776 683 760 or by emailing Millie.

♻️ Westminster Recycling Champions and Veolia will be providing equipment and hosting a stall to give information on recycling in the ward to residents on the day.

♻️ A QPCC stand where will be engaging with residents to hear their views on our work as a council and their priorities for the area.

♻️ There will be a number of volunteer ‘Litter Champions’ who will lead small groups to different areas of the ward. If you would like to be involved in the event by volunteering to lead or support a group or otherwise, please email Millie.

♻️ The Community Clean Up will be followed by a community lunch held in the Beethoven Centre to thank all litter champions and QPCC volunteers!