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

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

    Tree surgery on plane tree on west side of Garden

    During a visit by the RBK&C arboriculturist earlier in the year, an observation was made of possible Massaria disease of London Plane (MDP) in one of our mature plane trees. This disease is unfortunately affecting a number of plane trees in the area, including on Royal Avenue, Chelsea.

    A follow-up inspection of all trees by The Tree Agency confirmed the following; 'A climbing inspection for MDP was carried out on 13 July 2021 with some concern noted to inspect a limb over the garden with an easterly aspect which had a strip of discoloured bark. On further investigation it was revealed that it was strip canker due to severe pruning during drought & sapwood drying out. While climbing, MDP was discovered on secondary limbs attached to the primary limb. The limb MDP was removed (3m)...the NE primary stem was found to be moderately infected with MDP in the upper crown. The vertical stem had signs of shear cracks & later found the substantial stem was hollow 11m below the discovered MDP above. To compound this, strip canker was evident running down the stem to the cavity.'

    As a result, we have had to have significant surgery performed on the tree to remove the affected parts, pre-empt further structure failure and equalise the crown of the tree due to the large stem reduction. The tree will unfortunately appear very denuded and truncated for the rest of the year. However, the aim is to save the tree and over time fresh growth should restore the tree to a healthy appearance.

    AGM 2021

    The Annual General Meeting of the Earl’s Court Square Garden Committee was held on 14 January 2021 by Zoom and proxy vote. A reduced Garden Charge was set following a Covid-19 attributed under-spend on the garden and heavy demand for garden access from Garden subscribers. The Garden Subcommittee is now increased by the election of Sarah Wadey and Cilla Ware.

    Dutch Elm Disease

    The Garden Subcommittee unfortunately has to report that Dutch elm disease infested the Wych Elm tree in the south-east corner of the garden. One large, diseased branch was removed and with the diagnosis confirmed, the Council authorised and directed the removal of the rest of the tree as soon as possible. This is very sad but unavoidable. Tree surgeons removed the tree in July and injected the stump with the recommended pesticide. It will be dug out completely in due course.


    UPCOMING EVENTS


    • Garden Club!

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

    • ECSG AGM

      January 2022

    See Events for more information and our calendar


    Events are subject to Covid