Due to current Government advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, The Friends of Holland Park have made the decision to cancel or postpone all its events.

It was sad to have to make this decision, but it is more important that we all stay safe and healthy.

The Park itself is open, but busy, so please observe the current distance guidance if you visit. Most facilities, such as toilets, tennis courts, cafe, kiosks and playgrounds have now re-opened and can be used as advised. Please adhere to the advice given, as failure to do so could result in facilities being closed again.

The Parks Police remain on duty and may be contacted on 0300 365 5101.

Chairman’s Greeting

Dear Friends

Jennie KettlewellLike me, you will have spent most of your time at home over the past months. I hope you are well and have managed the challenge of being within four walls for all or much of the day. Some of you have visited the park, which has remained open, and sent news or photos; thank you. Some of you have decided not to visit and must be missing the wonderful spring show. Now that the government has withdrawn its ‘stay-at-home’ guidance, the idverde gardeners have returned to work and are tackling the weeds with gusto. The Parks Police and the idverde maintenance team have been present in the park throughout the lockdown, and we are most grateful for their hard work and cheerful smiles. Distancing is difficult in a public space and we ask all of you that you do your best, even if you find some others are less considerate.

One day things will get back to something approaching normal, though it will be gradual, and I look forward to meeting you all again at an event, or just out for a stroll. Until then, keep well and keep cheerful.

Jennie Kettlewell, Chairman

Photo: Ian Bruce

[Summer 2020]

HH terrace at sunrise

"The Friends of Holland Park
exists to save the countryside! (A twist which might surprise someone who thought it was an urban park-tout court). There's bees where honeysuckle grows, foxes, rabbits, robins, crows, tadpoles in the early spring-come autumn there's blackberrying.

There's the spring art exhibition by our members who will make you very welcome at the Private View, and carols in the winter too. But Holland Park's extremely small-fifty acres all in all-and very vulnerable to short-sighted pressures. Join us and help support, improve, defend this precious jewel. "

The Friends of Holland Park is a local community group and registered charity dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of Holland Park as a place of historic and ecological interest and beauty. Located between Kensington High Street and Holland Park Avenue the park is served by the Central, District and Circle Lines, and is close to Olympia and Earls Court.

main avenueThe 22 hectare (55 acre) park, owned by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, offers sports facilities, playing fields, children’s play and adventure areas, dog walking, an Ecology Centre, formal gardens and woodland walks, the Japanese Kyoto Garden, art exhibitions, rooms for hire, a restaurant and cafeteria, and a youth hostel. It hosts the annual summer season of Opera Holland Park.

The remains of Holland House, bombed in the last war, is a conserved listed building, having been the home of the Earls of Holland and then Ilchester. The park is within the Holland Park Conservation Area and is an Area of Metropolitan Importance.

Join online here.