What is a garden square?
The garden square is a distinctively British style of design,
providing a communal green space and garden in a residential area.
The Royal Borough has over a hundred garden squares so this section
has been prepared as a guide for residents to the legislation
regulating garden squares.
Forty six of the garden squares raise an annual levy which is
collected as part of the council tax due from residents whose
properties form part of the garden. The charge added to their
council tax bill is called a garden charge. For information
regarding the charges, please see garden
What is the law affecting garden squares?
There are two key Acts relevant to garden squares. These are the
Kensington Improvement Act 1851, which applies to garden squares
within the parish of St Mary Abbots in Kensington and the Town
Gardens Protection Act 1863.
Who manages the garden square?
The garden committee or, if appointed, any sub-committee, is
responsible for the management of the garden. The committee decides
how the garden should be managed and the income and expenditure
necessary to do so. Queries about the management of a square should
be made directly to the elected officers of the specific garden
What is the Council’s role?
The Council's primary responsibility is to raise the
money levied annually by the garden committee for the
maintenance of the garden square. The money is raised by means
of a garden charge on the Council Tax of those people
whose properties surround the square. The Council does not,
therefore, have any responsibility or, indeed, jurisdiction in
relation to the management of the garden.
For more information about the levies set by garden committees
and the garden charges set as part of the council tax for each
garden, please see garden square
Who should I contact for more information?
If your garden square is one of the 46 covered by the legislation and you
have enquiries about how your garden is run, or wish to obtain a
key you will need to contact your garden committee.
If you do not have contact details for your committee, please
contact the Revenues Policy and Control Section:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- write to: Revenues Policy and Control Section, Third Floor
(Orange Zone), Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX.
If your garden is not one of the 46 gardens listed, contact
details may be available on the Council’s Tenants’ and
Residents’ Association Listing.
Alternatively, the garden you are interested in may be one of
the Council’s local public parks. See
details of local public parks, opening times and contact
The Council has commissioned external legal advisers for Garden
Square Committees for ad hoc advice: Contact