The Arundel and Elgin Gardens is one of the few Kensington gardens to retain its original layout.


Over the last few years, there has been a continuous program of planting: to replace dead trees, to plant additional ones and increase the diversity of species in the Gardens. Replacement trees include hazel, crab apple, laburnum and rowan. New planting includes silver birches at the SE and NW corners, hawthorns to thicken the hedges at each end, two sweetgum trees at the Kensington Park Road end, red oak, whitebeam and cherry in the horsehoe bed and a gingko and Judas tree in the central garden.
Trees are managed by Committee Member Guy Nixon.

Plants and shrubs:

When discussing future planting at the AGMs, it seemed that residents want to keep the garden informal with plenty of sunbathing space and new planting taking place in only existing planted areas. This would probably mean replacing plants that are not thriving or are inherently dull with plants and bushes with more colour.

Our gardeners, Chris and Anna do a fantastic job at making sute the Gardens look exciting all year round. Thank you!

Garden Waste:

Shredding and composting garden waste saves us a few hundred pounds a year; however, compost needs to be carefully managed and the contents rotated. This is why the compost area at the Kensington Park Road end of the Gardens is for the gardeners’ use only.

We encourage residents to use the borough’s free scheme to compost their garden waste. Sign up online and request a free reusable bag: