Garden Keys

If you wish to become a keyholder to the Garden, please remember that the peace and quiet offered by the Garden is precious to its users.

Who can apply for a Garden Key

Nevern Square Garden Limited. is governed by the terms of the Kensington Improvement Act 1851. This has the following implications:

  • Any Council Tax paying occupiers and their households of the houses and flats which are deemed under the Act to be wholly within Nevern Square, that is numbers 1 to 13, 17 to 24, 28 to 42, 47 to 58 Nevern Square, together with numbers 1-21, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 Rupert House, who pay the annual Garden Levy are entitled to apply for one key per household.
  • Residents of houses and flats at numbers 14-16, 25-27A, 43-46 and 60-63 Nevern Square and excluding numbers 20, 29, 50 and 59, houses and flats in Nevern Road and of houses and flats in that part of Nevern Place which is west of Templeton Place may be allowed to pay an annual subscription to use the Garden, but for the time being no applications of this type are being considered..
  • A limited number of residents of other immediately neighbouring streets may, on application and at the absolute discretion of Nevern Square Garden Limited, be allowed to pay an annual subscription for access to the Garden, but for the time being no applications of this type are being considered.

How to apply

If you live in one of the above numbered properties in Nevern Square for which you pay the Garden Levy with your Council Tax you are entitled to access to the Garden. If you live in one of the other numbered properties in Nevern Square, in Nevern Road or in Nevern Place west of Templeton Place, you are eligible to apply to become a subscriber, but for the time being no applications of this type are being considered.

All key matters are dealt with by the Key Secretary, to whom applicants should apply in writing or by email through this website. They will be required to produce the originals of their current Council Tax bill and a recent utilities bill, each showing them to be the account holder/occupant at the relevant address. When an application is accepted, a key depositwill be required and the keyholder must undertake, in writing, to abide by the Garden Bye-Laws. The key will then be issued. For subscribers, a subscription will be payable with the key deposit, and annually thereafter on 1st April each year that they remain a subscriber.


    • All keyholders are bound by the Garden Bye-Laws and any rules imposed by Nevern Square Garden Committee from time to time.
    • Every key is personal to the holder and must never be passed on to any new or prospective resident, whether or not the property has been re-let or sold. If a keyholder moves from the registered address the Key Secretary must be notified and the key returned for partial refund of the key deposit. No such refunds will be made to anyone returning a key which was not issued to them personally.
    • Locks are changed regularly and all keyholders should change their keys during the key change period. Keys are changed in the Garden over two or three weekends which will be advertised well in advance. A keyholder unable to attend on the selected dates should contact the Key Secretary in advance to make other arrangements. Any keyholder failing to change a key between these dates will need to visit the Key Secretary in person, having previously made an appointment to do so, and pay an administration fee to exchange the key. If a key is lost a full deposit will be payable for a replacement.
    • Any keyholder who persistently breaches the Bye-Laws is liable to be warned, and if they continue in such breaches their key will not be exchanged at the next key change.

Please click here to email the Key Secretary.

Kindly note that for legal reasons, any key applications made via the form on this website must be followed up in writing, in a form which will be explained by the Key Secretary.