Meanwhile Community Garden, west London

Meanwhile Gardens, west London

One of my favourite quiet places in London has to be Camley Street Natural Park in King’s Cross and I’m very glad to report that I learned of a potential rival to its (very green) crown in yesterday’s beautiful sunshine.

Meanwhile Gardens sit alongside the Grand Union Canal near Westbourne Park station. They were built on derelict wasteland in 1976 to create some much-needed green space and to use an area that had been recently cleared of crumbling houses. The council gave temporary permission to build the gardens, hence the name ‘Meanwhile’.

Meanwhile Community Garden, west London

Image: A Peace of London

The gardens we see today are the result of a restoration project in 2000 and truly live up to their name as a community project; the gardens are supported by youth offenders carrying out their reparation orders and in turn help support those with mental health problems.

They also encapsulate the diversity of this west London community — at one end is this quiet green space and at the other is a renowned skate park.

Meanwhile Community Garden, west London

Image: A Peace of London

They’re also super-peaceful; even on the hottest day of the year so far, I still managed to find a quiet spot. If it hadn’t been for a meeting back in central London, I could easily have sat here for hours, listening to the world go by on the canal and watching the sunlight slowly drift along the Moroccan tiles.

To find Meanwhile Gardens and enjoy them for yourself, simply exit the Hammersmith & City/Circle line at Westbourne Park and head west along the canal (towards Ladbroke Grove).

Meanwhile Community Garden, west London

Image: A Peace of London

Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park

More information: Visit the Meanwhile Gardens website

HT to Saira at Living London, on whose wandering I discovered these beautiful gardens. If you haven’t made it on one of Saira’s walks yet, do it this summer — you won’t regret it!

Meanwhile Community Garden, west London

Image: A Peace of London

 

Comments (04)

  1. Hi Charlotte,
    Thank you for featuring Meanwhile Gardens in your charming blog. As with a lot of smallish green spaces it wears its importance and purpose lightly, being as unassuming as it is welcoming. For the duration of your visit it is very much ‘yours’ even as you feel how ‘communitarian’ ( ghastly word, I know ) it is. Some new visitors may be surprised to learn how much work and campaigning has been done over the years to safeguard it. As development and gentrification in this part of London accelerates Meanwhile Gardens will play an increasingly vital – if paradoxically relaxing -role in a historically deprived area. Anyone visiting from any sort of distance should bear in mind that Kensal Green Cemetery is but a ten minute walk away. ( Plan on losing a couple of hours there, though ).

    1. Hi Simon, thank you so much for your comment! The work and commitment that the community has put into this wonderful space is clear from how well maintained it is and how lovely it is to spend time in. I will be paying another visit soon complete with a book and will bear in mind what you mentioned about Kensal Green Cemetery too :)

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