Welcome to Queen's Park Gardens
This popular local park in the middle of Queen’s Park makes the best use of limited space.
It contains a wealth of facilities including a playground, multi-use (and free to use) ballcourt, rose gardens, wildlife garden, a specifically designated “dog run” area, and seating. Open grass mounds provide interest at one end of the site and help screen the site from the adjacent road and surrounding houses.
The site contains a wildlife area that is run and managed by Westminster, providing a haven for birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and lots more. Created during 2007 and designed in conjunction with the local community the wildlife area contains among other benefits an outdoor classroom, various wildlife habitats and composting facilities. Hedgerows, trees and shrubs, tall grasses, wildflowers, woodpiles, a composting area, climbers and creepers all provide birds, small mammals and insects with food shelter and places to breed. The site is particularly important for the survival of the House Sparrow, as the dense hedging on the perimeter and within the park creates a perfect nesting habitat. Once a common and numerous bird in London, the House Sparrow is now in dramatic decline (decline of 85 % from 1975 to 1995) and Queen's Park Gardens supports one of only four known colonies in Westminster.
An informal woodland walk leads to a viewing platform that overlooks the wildlife area, whilst access into the wildlife area itself is restricted, retaining it as a haven for the species it supports.
The garden has a rose garden that provides pleasant and calm contrast to many of the various other more active facilities provided within the park. The garden has links to the local community through the Queens Park Neighborhood Forum who are actively involved in the improvement of the gardens, an interested group of local residents forming a Friends of the gardens group.
The gardens are set within the Queens Park Estate, built from 1874 by the Artizans and Labourers' General Dwellings Company. The estate consists of approximately 2,000 distinctive small brick houses with Gothic-revival refernces within the architecture. It retains Avenues 1-6 and originally had streetnames with letters A-P. However, these have now been replaced with full word titles beginning with each letter, eg Alperton St, Barfett St, Caird Street etc.
Play areas formal and informal
If you would like to hold an event or film in this park please visit the Special Events website at www.westminster.gov.uk/specialevents or call 020 7641 2390.