Our Garden

This award-winning garden was originally laid out as part of the Edwardes Estate in the 1870s, after the District Line reached West Brompton in 1869 and construction of the properties of Earl’s Court Square began. Though it was not one of the garden squares originally protected by the Kensington Improvement Act 1851 - so residents had no automatic right to use it - it was well-managed with professional gardeners until 1939. Then in the Second World War the original cast iron railings were removed and five emergency water tanks filled the southern half of the garden. It was much neglected in the post-war decades, though the owners of the garden, Matlodge, which also owned the freeholds of many of the houses, started to issue keys to residents for an annual fee of £5.25 in 1965.

In 1974, the recently formed Earl’s Court Square Residents’ Association, led by David Ware MBE (1913-2011), whose wife Jennifer (1932-2019) had grown up in Earl’s Court Square, coordinated the accession of the garden to the 1851 Kensington Improvement Act, which took effect on 1 April 1975. Landscape gardener and resident Christopher Fair designed the present layout and new iron railings were installed. A children’s playground was added in 1980. The mature London plane trees were pruned and maintained properly, but one on the south side was blown down in the October 1987 ‘hurricane’. We have several other mature varieties, including a sycamore on the east side. Sadly, a mature Wych Elm finally succumbed to disease in 2020 and had to be removed.

The garden hosts a selected number of neighbourhood social events, including an annual summer BBQ and Christmas tree lighting party, and has participated in the Open Gardens Weekend.

  • Watch a Deutsche Welle television report on our garden from June 2017
  • Our Square

    The grand stuccoed terraces on two sides of the Square are complemented by the red-brick houses on the east and south sides, the latter ‘Dutch-style’ being Grade II* listed. Development of the Square started in 1872 when the Edwardes Estate leased land to Sir William Palliser, who became the first resident of 1 Earl’s Court Square, and master builder Edward Francis. Herbert Court Mansion was the last building facing the garden to be completed in in 1892. From the outset, many houses were subdivided as boarding houses and hotels and few survived as single family dwellings. The Square was designated a Conservation Area in 1975, when complete demolition of several houses was averted. The last remaining hotel-hostels, from the time when Earl’s Court was known as the ‘Kangaroo Valley’ home to young Australian migrants such as Germaine Greer and Clive James, were converted into flats by 2000.

  • Earl's Court Square Residents' Association website
  • Our Mission

    To provide a well-run communal garden which serves as a focal point for community involvement, service and entertainment; a welcoming space for quiet reflection and courteous play; and which enhances both the enjoyment and the value of our homes.

    Our Strategy

    To combine the enthusiasm and knowledge of local residents with the expertise of dedicated professionals to create a valuable amenity while still balancing the sometimes conflicting needs of the residents of the Square.

    Our Website

    Here you will find:
    • Information on how to obtain a keyfob to the Garden
    • The latest news about the Garden
    • All the rules and regulations governing use of the garden
    • How to remain in touch and contact us

    LATEST NEWS

    The North Gate is now fully automated

    We are delighted to announce that the north gate now benefits from a fully automated opening and closing system providing ease of access for wheelchair users as well as prams and pushchairs.

    When activated by a keyfob on the re-positioned keyfob pads (on the gate post on entering and on the new control cabinet on leaving) the gate automatically opens, stays open for 15 seconds, then closes. The opening and closing is at a stately pace, please be patient and allow it to open and close by itself.
    To avoid breaking the gate's new mechanism PLEASE DO NOT PUSH OR PULL THE NORTH GATE!


    Tree surgery on plane tree on west side of Garden

    The Tree Agency confirmed strip canker and Massaria disease in one of our mature plane trees. Significant surgery was performed on the tree to remove the affected parts, pre-empt further structure failure and equalise the crown of the tree. The tree will unfortunately appear very denuded and truncated. However, the aim is to save the tree and over time fresh growth should restore the tree to a healthy appearance.

    Dutch Elm Disease

    Tree surgeons removed the Dutch elm disease infested the Wych Elm tree in the south-east corner of the garden. It will be dug out completely in due course.


    GARDEN USE IS SUBJECT TO STRICT ADHERENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S LATEST CORONAVIRUS LEGISLATION



    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Garden Club!

      Various Sunday mornings for parent and child. Sign up for sessions now.

    • General Meeting of Garden Committee

      7.30pm Tuesday 18th January 2022

      See Events page for more info

    • ECSRA History Walk/Talk

      Sunday 6th March 2022 with tea & biscuits in the garden

    • Jubilee Big Lunch with ECSRA

      Sunday 5th June 2022 with live music

    • Open Garden Square Weekend

      11th-12th June 2022

    • ECSRA Summer BBQ/Party

      Saturday 9th July 2022

    See Events for more information and our calendar

    All events are subject to Covid

    Kindly remember to take your litter home with you
    and leave the garden and playground in the same condition
    you would like to find it.

    gardens size v charge payers grid

    NO NOISY BEHAVIOUR!

    The garden in Earl's Court Square is well-proportioned but is the smallest of the various garden enclosures in Earl's Court at 2,650 square meters.
    The grid demonstrates the garden has by far the least space per Garden Charge-payer.

    It is therefore particularly important that all users of our garden respect the right of others to the quiet enjoyment of the garden and avoid noisy behaviour and noisy activities at all times.