Front Gardens

Front gardens are part of the charm of St John's Wood






Front gardens and boundary walls and hedges are an important feature of the street scene in St John’s Wood and make a significant contribution to the character of the Conservation Area.


Unless there are exceptional reasons, the Society will always object to alterations to the front boundary if they include an application for a crossover which would lead to the loss of a front garden for parking.

Often these proposals also result in the loss of one or more resident parking bays which is particularly unacceptable in areas of high demand on street parking. We will also object if the surface materials used are not permeable and therefore not compliant with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems.


The Society will strongly resist applications if the proposed works to a front garden will result in the damage to or felling of trees which provide local amenity value. The City Council (Tree Section) must be notified six weeks in advance of any pruning or felling works to the trees within a conservation area or to trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders.


In 1963 the City Council created an Article 4 Directive in order to give an additional level of protection to Abbey Gardens, which still applies today.



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All gifts and bequests are most gratefully received and every penny goes to furthering the causes of the Society. Nearly all of our officers are all voluntary and our meetings are held in free venues.


Boundary Map

The boundary map (left) below shows the boundary of the area that the St John's Wood Society serves and supports.

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We are always looking for people with a local interest who would like to get involved. If you work in the built environment, want to feel part of your local community or enjoy living or working in St John’s Wood, contact us to discuss how you can make a difference.


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Missing garden

The sterile front garden indicates that a basement lies beneath