Garden

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

19th April The new lawn area was reopened today.

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Returfing along the side path – two photos, one of Elgin side the other Arundel. Finishing Elgin side on Thursday the 15th and Arundel side on Tuesday the 20th.

UPDATE: Planned date for reopening of the lawn area is Monday 19th April.
Lawn works were undertaken to improve drainage and Mulberry tree preservation works (protective ring/layer added to protect the roots)


9th March – Swings area works completed – new fake grass (same as other playground area)

Autumn Blaze now in the ground. Acer x Freemanii. (Maple tree family) Replacement for tree removal

In liaison with the arborist from RBKC we have planted a new lime tree on the south east corner of Arundel Gardens. Photos shows the newly planted lime tree and also the dead almond tree (next to the new lime ) which became unstable and has been removed. Other image is a stump grinder and logs saved for wildlife habitat

25th January 2021 – Lawn works and Mulberry tree preservation works have commenced – this section of the Gardens will be cordoned off for approx. 4-6 weeks.

12th January 2021 – Welcome to our new Arundel & Elgin Gardening team – Paul Walsh, Paul Jr & Dan of Louisa Gardens. They will be in the Gardens every Tuesday.

12th January 2021 – Welcome to our new gardening team https://www.arundelandelgingardens.org/garden/

January 2021
The new garden bench and letters of thanks from each of our £1,250 donations to Macmillan and Shooting Star.

The new garden bench

The old bench was shipped to the USA to a former garden resident now living there with a romantic attachment to the old bench. All expenses were paid with a generous donation to the Gardens which was donated to our two charities.

Mulberry Tree Bench
A busy afternoon in the Gardens removing the old bench under the Mulberry tree (it will be replaced) – thanks to all our helpers!
Mulching & decompacting works completed on Thurs 3rd December.

TREE WORKS 
Tree works and mulching/decompacting under the Mulberry Tree were completed on Tues 1st, Wed 2nd & Thurs 3rd December.
Read the full list of works that were undertaken.

Lime trees – Finish removing trunk suckers.
Lime’s over hanging streets – Reduce to clear street light by 2 m
Dogwood  – Reduce to clear property by 1 m.
Silver Birch – Poor overall condition: Easterly lean: Remove ivy
Ash – ‘Gangly’ spreading crown. Recent limb shedding. Reduce eastern canopy by 4-5 m & shape, remove deadwood.  We have RBKC permission
False Acacia –  2x weak main fork unions at 10 m and at 12 m. Installation of ‘Cobra’ brace system. Remove deadwood & carry out climbing inspection
Horse Chestnut – Poor condition. Reduction to previous reduction points to reduce stress on the tree.  This will give more light to the magnolia tree under its canopy
Sycamore – Poor condition. Remove dead wood
London Plane – Inspect and remove deadwood.  Raise canopy 3-4m.  Lighten load on branches and give light to tree’s underneath.
Ornamental Cherry – remove deadwood
Domestic Plum – Dead.  Remove
Wild Flowering Cherry – Being completely suppressed by Climbing Rose. Carry out heavy ‘frame-work’ formative pruning to Climbing Rose.
Almond – Remove deadwood & ivy.
Kanzan Cherry – Major fungal infection (Ganoderma spp.) to basal areas & Cherry Canker to main branch system. Future removal required at some point soon.  We can defer to next winter but should it become unstable it will need immediate removal
Mulberry Tree – Will get a specialist mulching this winter.

Garden Reports:

These are the latest reports from 2019 regarding tree management:

Tree Removal and Tree Planting Report at Arundel and Elgin Communal Gardens

Tree Surgery & Tree Propping at Arundel and Elgin Communal Gardens

Photos of disease of lime and cherry tree mentioned in above reports:

Lime tree disease                      Cherry tree disease
                 

Trees:

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 Melode Parker.

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 sure 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: www.rbkc.gov.uk