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

    Lawns

    Areas of the lawn are currently fenced off for maintenance.


    Tree surgery around the garden 6th June 2022

    The remaining triennial pruning will be completed by the Tree Agency.
    During this time, access to all or part of the garden may be restricted for safety reasons.
    Parking restrictions will be in place around the garden.


    Council Tax Demands 2022-2023
    Why the Garden Charge increased

    Residents of Earls Court Square who are liable to pay the Garden Charge (the Garden Committee members who under the Kensington Improvement Act have exclusive rights of use of the garden) may have been surprised to see the Garden Charge precept included in Council Tax has increased 8%, when at the General Meeting of the Garden Committee in January 2022, the budget presented and approved unanimously was for an unchanged Garden levy. Why is this?

    The reason lies in the variation from year to year in the number of properties which are either zero-rated for Council Tax purposes (complete list below) or where there is only a single person residing, who is entitled to a 25% discount. If the number of these properties rises - which has evidently happened this year - then the Garden Levy approved by the Garden Committee is divided by a smaller number of Garden Charge payers, meaning they have to pay more to raise the same sum of money for the garden.

    The complete list of categories of Council Tax exempt properties is:

  • Class B - Unoccupied property owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)
  • Class D - Property left empty by a prisoner (no time limit)
  • Class E - Property left empty by a person receiving personal care in a hospital or care home (no time limit)
  • Class F - Left empty following the death of a taxpayer
  • Class G - Occupation is prohibited by law
  • Class H - Empty and awaiting occupation by a minister of religion
  • Class I - Left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care from another person
  • Class J - Left empty by someone who has moved to provide personal care to another person
  • Class K - Property left empty by a student
  • Class L - Property repossessed by the mortgagee
  • Class M - Halls of residence
  • Class N - Properties occupied by students or school leavers
  • Class O - Armed Forces accommodation such as barracks
  • Class P - Properties occupied by members of visiting forces
  • Class Q - Property left empty by bankrupts
  • Class R - Unoccupied caravan pitches and houseboat moorings
  • Class S - Properties occupied by persons under 18
  • Class T - Unoccupied annexes which form part of a single property and may not be let separately without a breach of planning consent
  • Class U - Properties occupied by persons who are severely mentally impaired
  • Class V - Property where at least one person who would otherwise be liable is a diplomat
  • Class W - Annexes and similar accommodation occupied by an elderly or disabled relative


  • 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!


    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. See Garden Club!

    • Queen's Platinum Jubilee "Bring a Plate" Afternoon Tea

      3-4.30pm Sunday 5th June 2022.
      See Events

    • Open Garden Square Weekend

      10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday 11th/12th June 2022.
      See Events

    • 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.