I attended Gail’s annual Garden Party on Oriel Place yesterday. As I wrote last year, it’s a really great event, but does put into sharp relief the need to re-open Oriel Place Gardens.

I’ve been leading on the campaign for 18 months, and spent yesterday with my colleague Hamish Hunter explaining the situation and asking Garden Party attendees to sign a petition to Camden Council.

I spoke to Gail’s management, who were very supportive (and signed the petition!), as it would create a beautiful new green space in the heart of Hampstead village. The campaign is backed by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum and other community groups.

We’ve submitted plans to use some of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to landscape the gardens, and the developer of the building opposite has offered £50,000. However, unless Camden re-open them, that won’t come to fruition, so it’s essential that Camden commit to re-opening the gardens and sign off the CIL expenditure immediately.

For more about my campaign for a greener Hampstead, click here.