Tiverton Green is a public open space in the Brondesbury ward of NW London, bordering the residential areas of Queen’s Park and Kensal Rise.
This six acre space, adjacent to Queens Park Community School (QPCS), is owned and managed by Brent Council (under covenant from the Church of England).
It was originally a sports ground for the (previous) school and until recently hosted the rugby pitch for Kilburn Cosmos (since relocated to Gladstone Park). The new activity area is on the site of six tennis courts, which were a public facility until they fell into disrepair in the 1980s.
The Green is widely used by dog-walkers, joggers, children and locals of all ages.
Following a residents’ campaign in 2008, in conjunction with local councillors, funding was sought to improve the Green; paths were laid, trees and flower borders were planted and new benches installed by Brent Council.
In 2010 the Friends of Tiverton Green successfully applied for £40,000 in Playbuilder grant funding to upgrade the existing playground, which is now a popular facility for young children.
The remaining task was to renovate the old tennis courts and restore them to use as recreational and sports facilities for free use by the entire community. A detailed consultation study was carried out in 2010-2011 amongst residents and schools, and from that emerged firm plans for facilities. Friends of Tiverton Green successfully applied for a London Marathon Trust grant to undertake the works and thanks to great help from Brent Council’s Parks Department we were able to fulfil the ambition of renovating the old tennis courts,
Work that started in the summer of 2013 was completed in 2015, providing a safe, designated area for informal recreation for children and young people in sports such as basketball, football, table tennis and horizontal climbing, and a beginners’ cycle circuit for youngsters to safely ride their bikes.
Other Friends’ initiatives have resulted in extra bins and benches, tree planting, from S106 funds, Thames Water, and most recently a grant for 20 new trees from Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund.