Inventory Site Record

Meanwhile Gardens (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

Meanwhile Gardens was set up as community garden in 1976 on former derelict land along the Grand Union Canal. Sculptor Jamie McCullough approached Westminster City Council, within whose boundaries the site then was, for permission to turn it into a park. Temporary permission was granted, which led to the garden's name. Supported by volunteers and a dedicated staff team, the gardens now have various landscapes, including a wooded area and wildlife garden, a quiet scented courtyard and a skate bowl. The Playhut was built to provide a safe, stimulating play and learning environment. Beyond Golborne Road the path meanders along the Grand Union Canal.

Practical Information
Site location:
Golborne Road/Kensal Road/Elkstone Road
Postcode:
W10 5NT
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted. The Play Hut Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm
Took part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in 2008.
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Play Hut, plant sales, skate bowl
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Westbourne Park (Metropolitan). Bus: 23, 28, 52, 70, 295
Research updated:
01/11/2008

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. http://www.mgca.f2s.com

Full Site Description

Meanwhile Gardens was set up as community garden along the Grand Union Canal in c.1976 when derelict wasteland and canalside terraces were being cleared. Local sculptor Jamie McCullough approached Westminster City Council, within whose boundaries the site then was (now following boundary changes it is within RB Kensington & Chelsea) for permission to turn it into a park. Temporary permission was granted, which led to the name that was given to the garden: Meanwhile Gardens. Supported by volunteers and a dedicated staff team, the Gardens have continued to thrive and the 4 acres of derelict wasteland are an oasis in a densely populated part of North Kensington. There are various landscapes, including a recently re-landscaped wooded area and wildlife garden with bridge, path, pond and seating, the work undertaken by Planet Earth in 2000 working closely with the local community. At one end of the garden a scented courtyard has been laid out as an area for quiet contemplation and at the other end is a popular skate bowl.

The Playhut was built to provide a safe, stimulating play and learning environment, a service that helps to break down the isolation often experienced by carers of young children. There are opportunities for volunteering and educational schemes, and youth offenders carry out their reparation orders under gardeners’ supervision. The Gardens also participate in the Wildlife Garden Project run by Kensington & Chelsea Mind, working with adults who have experienced mental health difficulties, and using horticultural training and social enterprise to help with recovery and social integration.

Beyond Golborne Road the path meanders along the Grand Union Canal (q.v.) with grassy areas. In November 2007 Meanwhile Gardens has won a People's Millions lottery fund grant of £80,000 for its Building Biodiversity Project to provide educational activities, training and involvement opportunities.

Sources consulted:

Charlotte Hare, 'Landscape London, a guide to recent gardens, parks and urban spaces', ellipsis, 2001; Meanwhile Gardens website: http://www.mgca.f2s.com

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ246820 (524700,182070)
Size in hectares:
1.6
Site ownership:
Meanwhile Gardens Community Association
Site management:
Meanwhile Gardens Community Association
Date(s):
1976
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None
Photos

Meanwhile Gardens

Meanwhile Gardens - Photo: Justina Burnett
Date taken: 08/06/08 00:00

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