Category Archives: Learning

Queen’s Park in Bloom 2021

Now is the time to brighten up your window boxes and front gardens as our judges will be  out and about in the last week of May/first week of June, looking for green fingered residents deserving of a certificate of commendation.

Winners will be able to claim their prize at the Queen’s Park Festival on 7th August.

If you want any help or advice with your garden why not pop by and meet your local community gardener Ulla Johnson, or join our weekly gardening sessions held in the Rose Garden every Thursday Morning 10- 12pm?  More info here.

HCGA                                                                         Queen’s Park Community Council

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

Easter Activities

The QPCC has enlisted Lizzy’s Help to organise some activities over Easter. These will all be respectful of the prevailing safety restrictions.

Seven days of fun from Saturday, 3rd April.  The Bunny Truck will be touring out local streets, egging people on to donate to the Food Bank. Keep a look out for them in your street!

Queen’s Park: Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

Harrow Road: Tuesday, Wednesday,

Westbourne: Thursday, Friday.

Bunny’s Hidden Garden Hunt details here.

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.

Half Term Activity Pack

Pop into the Wildlife Area on Wednesday 28th October, to collect a Half Term Window Activity Pack.

The QPCC with be there with Happy Lizzy between 10am and 2pm. Find out how to make lanterns that can be displayed in windows during bonfire week. Learn about the Queen’s Park Scarecrow Competition too!

Please note: The Halloween event is sold out now.

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.

Dog Socialising Session

Crissie is holding another FREE dog socialising session this month, in the dog run by Ilbert Street: Dog Training Workshop Sunday, 23rd February 2020 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Crissie – Dog Trainer – 07949 523 710 I canineculture@nullgmail.com I Canineculture.co.uk

Free dog socialising classes funded by Queen’s Park Community Council

 

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.