Gardens & Boundaries

There are many garden squares in the Royal Borough with beautiful houses backing onto the communal gardens, but not all have the privilege of their own private garden within the larger park.

So we are extremely lucky that each house backing onto the Arundel and Ladbroke Communal Gardens has its own private garden, which belongs to and is the sole responsibility of the residents of the house.

Traditionally the private rear gardens were bounded with the low wrought iron railings, many of which have been lost or replaced with walls, trellis, hedges or high planting.

The Ladbroke Conservation Area Appraisal (RBK&C 2015) documents the historical design of the houses and gardens in our area and how they have changed over the years, the document issues some guidelines to residents to encourage the reinstatement and preservation of the historic nature of the gardens.

We hope that residents will consider these guidelines when designing their own gardens and boundary fences within our communal garden square and attempt to maintain the overall character mentioned in the appraisal.

The full document can be downloaded from the RBK&C website link:

Ladbroke Conservation Area Appraisal 2015

The following are the relevant excerpts from the document pertaining to our communal gardens:

“2.29 The backdrop of the gardens is provided by the rear elevations of the houses that surround them which are often as finely detailed as the frontages. In most of the communal gardens, the houses have their own private garden area, separated from each other and from the communal garden with cast iron railings or bottle balustrades. A good number of original railings survive and make an important contribution to the character of the conservation area in themselves and by allowing the private and communal gardens to merge in an open and leafy manner. Each garden has its own uniform pattern of railings or balustrades, and where these are missing or have been replaced by walls or fences, the character of the area would be enhanced by their reinstatement.”

“2.30 Unfortunately, some private rear gardens,
and their boundaries fronting the communal gardens, have suffered from visually insensitive and historically inappropriate alterations or additions. The private gardens are generally low-key with natural stone paving, low railings, and carefully managed planting to give some privacy, while maintaining the visual amenity of the ensemble that they make with the communal gardens. Light pollution from over-large windows or glass extensions can also be an issue in these valuable dark spaces.”

“3.73 The private back gardens leading onto the communal gardens often have similar planting which merges with that of the communal garden across their railings (where these remain). Private gardens therefore contribute to the haven of nature and peace of these special areas.”

“3.74 Traditionally the private gardens were separated from the communal garden by railings (sometimes mounted on low plinths and usually matching along that side of the garden) or in some cases bottle balustrades. This gives the same appearance as a front garden fronted with railings, or a parkland enclosure, and allows the greenery in the private gardens to be seen.”

“3.77 Some back gardens have seen the loss of greenery to modernisation including hard surfaces for patios, enlarged lightwells or the construction of intrusive structures including solid fences to the boundaries. This harm to the area’s verdant character is compounded where it can easily be seen from the communal gardens or neighbouring windows. Restoration of railings or bottle balustrades on the other hand can enhance the setting of the communal garden.”

Dog Owners


SUMMER 2020  




Dogs are permitted in the garden but only on the following conditions:

  • Because of COVID-19 dogs must be on leads at all times.
    (In the Autumn we may revert to dogs on leads between 10am and 4pm.)
  • Always keep your dog under control, hold the lead don’t let it drag. Long leads are not permitted as the dog will not be sufficiently under control.
  • Children walking a dog must be capable of controlling it and picking up dog poop, even if it’s more than once.
  • Always pick up any dog poop and put in dog bins. Leaving your dog poop for others to deal with is frankly revolting. Whoever you are, stop it.
  • The garden square is not for exercising dogs.
  • Dogs are not allowed to run into the flower beds or private gardens.
  • For the safety of the children, dogs are not allowed into the children’s play area.  Dog poo is highly toxic especially to young children. 
  • If you need to walk your dog at night through the square, The dog must be on a lead and limit its barking.


If you need someone to walk your dog:   West London Canine Companions are recommended by some of our resident dog owners.


Private Parties

Parties of more than 25-30 people

A deposit of £100 is required, payable to “Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens”, and delivered to the secretary.  £50 will be returned if the above rules are adhered to. The remaining £50 is a contribution to the garden social fund.

Download the pdf of the rules and application form.  Please print two copies.

Parties of more than 100 people or with a contract marquee

A deposit of £1,000, of which £500 is refunded if there is no damage, is a required. Portaloos and catering equipment wider than the gate must be hoisted over the compost area, NEVER brought through the gates.

We prefer you to use the far lawn by the Ladbroke Grove Gate
If access to guests is by one of the garden gates, please place a minder by that gate to prevent unwanted guests.
Be considerate with loudspeakers. Live music is OK

Afternoon Parties to end by 10 pm
Evening Parties to end by 11 pm


  • Please take ALL your refuse to your own dustbins.
  • Do not leave ANY food or containers used for food overnight. These attract the foxes and rats.
  • The site should be cleared by 10 p.m. for afternoon parties and by 10 a.m. the following morning for evening parties.

Rules about litter and noise apply to overspill parties from residents’ homes.

Building Work

If you are planning to erect scaffolding at the rear of your property or to introduce building machinery into the gardens via one of the garden gates, you will need to obtain a permit – download  building permit.pdf here or obtain copies from the secretary, you will also be required to pay a deposit of £500 for scaffolding of which £100 is non-refundable or in the case of heavy machinery for building works a deposit of £1000 including £250 which is non-refundable.

You will need 2 copies of the permit, building permit.pdf one for yourself and one for the secretary,  and you might want to print a third copy to give to your contractor.
Please read the Agreed Procedure for access through the gardens included in the Permit document.

Please fill in the relevant details, and return all copies to the secretary to sign, together with a two cheques for payment plus deposit totalling £500, for scaffolding, or a minimum £1,000 for heavy machinery.

Please make cheques payable to Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens.  

Please also make sure that your contractor keeps the gates shut when he is not bringing in or taking out materials.   It is important to stress that quite apart from the security aspect to other residents there are often children playing in the gardens and their safety is of prime concern.

Building permit.pdf