Meanwhile Gardens Skate Bowl
Meanwhile Gardens Play Hut Sandpit
Kids Meanwhile Gardens Music Festival


Using the Gardens

  • Please respect each other's social distancing wishes 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 or skate park call 020 8960 4600 or email

Ecology and Wellbeing

  • Accredited arboretum - 300 individual trees representing about 50 species and subspecies!
  • Gardening for well being sessions with Mary - contact us for more details -
  • Moroccan Garden and ponds
  • Kensington & Chelsea MIND Wildlife Garden Project

Currently at Meanwhile

  • Playhut Stay & Play for under 6's - various sessions throughout the week! Free for families living in RBKC - email for a timetable and updates
  • Nature Explorers session for under 6's at The Playhut - Thursdays 9.15am -11.15am
  • Fork to Fork 2023 kitchen gardening sessions for residents of K&C - Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm at 156 - 158 Kensal road W10 5BN
  • Join us on 24th June for our Future of the Factory event - enjoy free music, workshops and more, and have your say on plans for the building! 2.30pm onwards

Garden Facts

  • Community gardens built by the local community 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

Fork to Fork gardening sessions at Meanwhile

Kitchen gardening sessions for residents of Kensington & Chelsea

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Budding Artists

Enjoy being creative and inspired by nature and natural forms

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*WE NEED YOUR HELP* will give away 100% of their profits made on 7th May for National Gardening Week 2023 to the garden charity with the most "Likes" on their shared Facebook Buy Rope post!

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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.

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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.

What people say

To be honest, I strongly hope that there will be no changes made to the gardens, except general upkeep and maintenance. Over the last years, some bush...


I’m up for helping, I used to teach permanent culture, and and a registered Beekeeper/ teacher mentor, I would like to see a herb garden and be...


It doesn’t need improving. It’s a wonderful place and has been a life saver for me and my daughter


I'd like to see the space kept free of coffee stands, it hasn't been commodified yet and that's what I love about it. It's a special, soulful and home...


Hey- love the initiative, and would love to support any way I can. Please can you let me know how? Tom x


I walk through Meanwhile Gardens regularly. I wouldn't want anything to change. I would like to see the gardens continue to have peaceful space and ...

Josie B

Excellent idea. I will support this very worthwhile initiative and pledge £15 which I will drop off when next passing.