A British Allotment, Kensington Gardens

I was surprised when walking through the famous Kensington Gardens in London to see an ‘allotment’. So we made an addition to our itinerary. Here was a chance to see what I had seen on gardening or cooking shows from Great Britain.

The Royal Parks first allotment in Kensington Gardens since World War Two and the first Royal Parks allotment to feature a hen house and beehive.
The allotment, built on an old store yard by Enterprise staff, is a resource for school children and is open to the public.
The allotment uses materials from the St James’s Park allotment, which the Royal Parks closed in 2009 after four years to return the land to its original state.

The Royal Parks also maintains a vegetable patch at 10 Downing Street. 

A volunteer was tending the garden and John spoke to him about the little patch he was tending with a type of legume to improve the soil for the next time it is used.

There is room for some chickens and in a very nice house indeed.

Chicken wall of fame. All the hens have been named, a nice touch.

This serves as an inspirational resource for the public to visit as they wander through the park.

It is important to include somewhere to sit and admire the garden.

Raised beds help keep it clean and save the gardeners from sore backs. Love this patch of sage.

Tomatoes from heirloom seeds.

You won’t be resting for long, here is to do list for the next person.

C’mon John I know you loving this too but we have to go.


  1. #1 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on October 20, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    I love it too, I’m with John, I wouldn’t have wanted to leave! Thanks for taking the photos for us, Roz. Nice to see other people name their chickens Rosemary as well.. 🙂

  2. #2 by Debra Kolkka on October 23, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    What a great idea!

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