Notable Trees Guide

Many members will have enjoyed the guide to the notable trees of Holland Park we wrote in 2007, and might even still have their copies. It is now out of print and, because of continuing demand, we decided to re-issue it. We found that a shocking 20% of the trees described have been lost, so we have re-written it to include new specimens, both newly planted trees and others which deserve attention. The new book has over 60 trees as compared with 50 in the old one. The overall format has been retained, and the same artist, Nina Barranca, has drawn leaves to illustrate the new inclusions. It is still A5 and easy to carry. The trees are arranged in walk order, but the walk can be joined at any point and indeed may take several occasions to complete depending on how long each tree is studied.

We think all members of the Friends should buy a copy, at only £5, and perhaps extra copies for Christmas presents. Please download an order form here and order now.

[Winter 2016]

Decorative Art in Holland Park

Decorative Art in HPOur ‘H is for Holland’ guide to the sculptures and architectural features of Holland Park has sold out, so we have produced a new one. We have taken the opportunity to bring the design into line with The Guide to Holland Park and the Kyoto Garden booklet and to add the more recent decorative features in the park. We expect to have copies of Decorative Art in Holland Park by the end of February. You can order a copy by downloading the order form here, or you can buy a copy from the Park Office in the Stable Yard. The price is £5 for the 32-page booklet, complete with a map to show the location of statues, sculptures and other works of art.

[Spring 2016]

Kyoto Garden cover

New Guide to the Kyoto Garden

It has been a long time coming but we are nearly there and expect to have copies of the new guide available from the end of September. You can order a copy by downloading the order form here, or you can buy a copy from the Park Office in the Stable Yard. The price is £4 for the 20-page booklet, complete with map and details of all the features in the Kyoto and Fukushima Gardens.

[Autumn 2015]


Notecards and Postcards

‘I can’t find your notecards’ said one of our members after searching our art exhibition. We thought the Orangery was full of notecards but enquiry revealed that our member meant the not-very-wintery view of ‘Holland House through the Trees’ which we had used in two sizes as a Christmas card last year. So we ordered some especially for her in the smaller size (4.75” x 6.75”) without a greeting, and while we were at it got some extra, thinking others might like them too. So they are on our order form together with packs of 5 black/white postcards of the north face of Holland House as it was in the nineteenth century, or with 3 cards of the north face plus two of the gilt drawing room. These are also being sold by our good friends in the Park Office. Also there, as large notecards, are several different very colourful views of Holland Park from paintings by Dmytro Dobrovolskyi. These sold well at the art exhibition and we thought that you might like another chance to buy them. Do look into the Park Office to see them all.

[Summer 2015]


GUIDE TO HOLLAND PARK

Guide to HP

Produced by The Friends of Holland Park

 

Some of you know the Park well and some are visitors wanting to know what ‘s in the Park and where to find it.  We hope this Guide will be interesting for all and that you enjoy reading it and find it useful.

 

The Guide describes the various areas of the Park; the sports and other facilities; the work of the Ecology team; the park services and gives a brief history of Holland House and the people who lived in it.  A map in the centre shows you how to find your way around. Even if you do know the Park well, you may discover things you didn’t know.

 

Price £2.00

 

All FHP publications are available from The Park Reception in The Stable Yard, from Rhoddy Wood on  020 7602 0304 & rhoddy.wood@virgin.net, or using the order form downloadable here.

[August 2104]

The Pleasure Grounds of Holland House

This new book by Sally Miller, commissioned by The Friends as a companion volume to The Families of Holland House published earlier this year (see below) is now available - just in time for Christmas! 

The Holland House estate was created in 1591, covering about 500 acres from what is now Holland Park Avenue almost to the Thames. Little has been written about the park and pleasure grounds, but Sally Miller has discovered records to show that they were laid out by owners with taste as well as money, who were familiar with the finest gardens in England. Changing landscape fashions down the centuries were reflected in the gardens of Holland House.

This book uses the surviving evidence to create impressions of the gardens as they would have been seen and experienced in each of the four centuries of their existence. It will add a new dimension for those who visit and enjoy Holland Park today; there are still places to stand and imagine how the pleasure gardens of Holland House once looked.

Sally Miller studied for an MA in garden history from Birkbeck College in her retirement and is now a professional garden historian researching, writing and lecturing on garden and landscape history. She contributes both to the work of the Hampshire Gardens Trust and the London Parks and Gardens Trust.  She has previously published The History of Bishops Park and articles in Garden History and the London Gardener.

The Pleasure Grounds of Holland House (paperback, 243mm x 169mm, 112 pages, 60 mono and colour images) may be obtained at £9.99 (plus £1.40 p&p). Please send your cheque, made payable to The Friends of Holland Park, to  Rhoddy Wood, 21 Kenton Court, 356 Kensington High Street, London, W14 8NN.

[Autumn 2012]

The Families of Holland House

Families coverA new book has been published by The Friends:

For over 300 years successive owners of Holland House in Kensington were at the heart of political, social and literary life in London until the house was bombed during the Second World War. The Cope and Rich families (the Earls of Holland and Warwick) were the owners from 1604 to 1721, and the Fox and Fox-Strangway families (Barons Holland and the Earls of Ilchester) from 1726 to 1951. 

These influential and interesting figures of London society and beyond, and their guests, are the cast of Carolyn Starren’s painstakingly researched and fascinating account of the life and times of Holland House. Commissioned by The Friends of Holland Park, Carolyn Starren, as a past Local Studies Librarian for The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and a lifelong resident of Kensington, is pre-eminently well qualified to write this definitive social history of Holland House.                  

This 64-page, soft-covered book measuring 243mm x 169mm. has 39 illustrations, 11 of which are in colour, and two family trees. 

It is available at £5.95 plus £1.10 postage & packing. Please send your cheque, made payable to The Friends of Holland Park, to  Rhoddy Wood, 21 Kenton Court, 356 Kensington High Street, London, W14 8NN.

[Spring 2012]

Tortoises with Triangle and Time

This was one of the most generally popular of the pieces in the Millennium Bronze Exhibition and many people were pleased that it found a permanent home on the D Lawn in the park. One of the Borough staff while cleaning out her cupboards before retirement found a pile of postcards depicting it very clearly and still as bright as the day they were printed. She has given them to the Friends to sell and I am sure many of you will want them.


The postcards are in full colour and double size, ie 15 cm x 20 cm and come with their own envelope. We are selling them for £1 each, postage included.