Our current major Campaign is to protect Victoria Tower Gardens, where the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is scheduled to be built by the Government, removing vital land from free access as a public park. In July 2022 the Charity secured a judgment that endorsed the earlier High Court decision to quash planning permission but the Government has yet to withdraw the proposals and is considering new legislation to overrule the Courts.
To see our full record of championing this Grade II park, we have created a dedicated page about our campaign for Victoria Tower Gardens.
As well as our major campaign, we are regularly notified about planning applications that potentially encroach on London’s historic landscapes.
Notifications for Planning Applications usually come either from the Local Authority or via the Gardens Trust, our umbrella body, who are Statutory Consultees in the planning process. The weekly list from The Gardens Trust covers all gardens under threat across England and Wales. We often rely on local knowledge from Friends groups, including those involved with the London Friends of Green Spaces Network, which represents Friends of Parks Groups across London.
Our volunteers meet regularly and discuss how best to respond to planning notices. To find out more and get involved as a volunteer, see our planning and conservation page. The charity receives many more cases than it can respond to at the present time; so if you would like to help us, please do get in touch to volunteer.