Meanwhile Gardens



Meanwhile Gardens is a community garden in the heart of an inner-city London neighbourhood. The 4 acre site is on the border of North Kensington and Westminster, people come from all around, from all walks of life, to play, to skate to plant, to garden, and to nurture a bit of earth - as we take care of the gardens, the gardens will take care of us in return.

Currently at Meanwhile Gardens

  • Due to COVID the playhut outdoor area only is currently open on a first come first served basis. Sessions cost £2 cash per family. Email for more info
  • Grand Union Nature Walks - free family nature walks on 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd of August 2021! Email to sign up
  • Volunteering in the gardens is currently limited due to COVID
  • Diddi Dance sessions at The Playhut Tuesday 3pm & Wednesday 10am for three weeks starting August 24th 2021! No need to book just turn up - each session costs £2.00 cash per family

Ecology and Wellbeing

  • Over 50 different tree species
  • Gardening for well being sessions with Mary - contact us for more details
  • Moroccan Garden and ponds
  • Kensington & Chelsea MIND Wildlife Garden Project

Using the Gardens

  • Please respect social distancing and give each other space
  • No fires or BBQ's in the gardens, please put your litter in the bins and thanks to everyone who's doing their part!
  • For permission to film or hold photo shoots or events in the gardens call 020 8960 4600 or email

Garden Facts

  • A community garden built on former derelict land in 1976
  • Home to the Metronomes Steel Pan Orchestra since 1989
  • Aswad's Live and Direct concert/album recorded at Meanwhile Gardens
  • Received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2017

What's On

Gorillaz Release Meanwhile EP!

Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Vicky Full article ...

Grand Union Nature Walks

Free Family Friendly Nature Walks!

Posted on 28 Jul 2021 by Vicky Full article ...

Play Worker Vacancy at the Playhut!

Posted on 24 Jun 2021 by Vicky Full article ...

Plant Sale Saturday 12th June 2021!

Posted on 26 May 2021 Full article ...

Plant Sale Saturday 24th April 2021

We are having a plant sale of early starts on Saturday 24th April 2021! These will include cosmos, perennials, kales, sweet peas, tomatoes and herbs. Cash only please, 12pm - 4pm at the courtyard 156 - 158 Kensal Rd W10 5BN

Posted on 21 Apr 2021 by Vicky Full article ...

Grow Meanwhile - what have we achieved after year 1 of the campaign and where now?

1-year on - we celebrate all we have achieved, we remember the Grenfell victims to whom we owe our current success, and we look forward to what we have to do next

Posted on 17 Feb 2020 by Tony Full article ...

Our history and our current campaign for the Factory

Our tenure at the Factory building continues to be precarious - this cannot last.

Posted on 28 Jul 2019 by Tony Full article ...

Where we've got to & how you can help

We've met lots of people, we've got the word out ... we now want to bring those people together in various ways, to continue the conversation.

Posted on 14 Jul 2019 by Tony Full article ...

Community Empowerment & Community Gardens

What is empowerment and why is it at the heart of our vision for the garden?

Posted on 17 Apr 2019 by Tony Full article ...

Plant Sale

Plant sale of early starts including perennials, cosmos, tomatoes, sweet peas, and herbs.  Saturday 24th April 2021 at 12pm - 4pm the courtyard 156 - 158 Kensal Rd W10 5BN. Cash only please.

Posted on 20 Apr 2021 by Vicky Full article ...

Family Gardening

Sessions for families to garden in the Playhut.

Posted on 19 Apr 2021 by hayley Full article ...

What people say

Visiting the gardens

The gates to the gardens are always open and anyone is welcome to visit. Please always remember to clean up after yourself, and be friendly and respectful to other people using the gardens.