Garden Information







Update – January 2017

We have now received the the Landscape and Garden Design Advisory Report  from Lucy and Francis Huntington of Lucy Huntington Garden Design. There is a lot of information and guidance about the trees which I personally have found very helpful and am sure will be of great help to any resident who undertakes this role going forward.

There are 3 relevant documents

  1. The 17 01 Garden Plants Report from the consultants which includes advice on short and long-term plans for the gardens and a summary of the former and current trees
  2. A schedule showing the historic and current trees in the gardens 17 01 Current & Historical Tree Schedule
  3. A map with the trees numbered to be used in conjunction with the aforementioned advice for the garden 17 01 Tree Map

2016 Report & Plans for 2017

We are continuing to renovate the perimeter beds, although, due to funds required for the surfacing of the tennis court, at a slightly slower pace than I had hoped.

We shall be working on the far southern west end of the garden where Elgin meets Clarendon next. The aim is for a rather wild and low maintenance shrubbery but since it has a very good exposition with lots of light we should nonetheless be able to include many flowering shrubs. We have asked the Huntingtons to provide a plan for this area and will be planting in February. The aim remains to steadily work towards removing all the grassed over areas and plant up with shrubs and herbaceous plants.

The most significant decision we took this year was to thin the copse. Both the tree surgeons and the garden consultants suggested that the removal of some of the trees would allow the best trees to develop attractive spreading canopies. We have planted native bluebells, snow drops and blue muscari bulbs along the edges of the copse.

The tulips were generally seen as a success adding welcome interest and colour after the spring blossom is over so we have decided to continue to plant tulips annually – although we are planting perennial varieties in the hope that they may repeat. Purple Sensation allium were also planted to extend good colour into early summer.

Tree planting takes place at the end of this week and includes another weeping willow on the west lawn, a sweet gum and cherries to replace the two we have lost over the past couple of years.

The sweet gum is being planted onto of the mound right at the west end of the garden; we have been advised that unless we are planting alder or willow it is prudent to plant medium to large trees on the mounds on the west lawn as trees have suffered from the waterlogged soil in that part of the garden.

We are also planting several spring flowering trees with good autumn colour on the perimeter beds.

This year RBKC stopped its free garden waste collection; collecting the leaves plus other garden waste now costs us about £1K so we aim to set up some leaf mould bins beside the garden shed, although the plane tree leaves will still have to be collected as they do not rot down successfully.

Rosie Kindersley

Garden Spaces In Front Of Houses

The Committee is aware that some residents would like to take responsibility for planting and maintaining the space immediately outside their own gardens and the garden team would is happy to work with them on this. However, since we wish the garden to have a co-ordinated feel and want to maintain some be style guidelines, any resident considering planting or replanting their patch should only do so further to discussion and agreement with the Committee.

So if you wish to put plants in the bedding area directly outside your private garden, you need to obtain approval from the committee – Contact: Rosie Kindersley – or Jane Balfour – to discuss your planting ideas.

As a guideline, however, we would advise you to look at the 15 01 Planting Plans & Guidelines which lists which plants fit in with the overall style of the gardens.


  • Whilst there is no rule on this subject, there are concerns that the number of cats on the gardens, is having a negative impact on bird life. We would therefore like to encourage cat owners to put a collar with a bell on their pet. For more information about the impact of collars and bells on birdlife click here.