Fair Green

Fair Green - Mitcham, Surrey
Blackfriars Bridge

Rennie Garden - Blackfriars Bridge
Bridge House Gardens

Bridge House Gardens - Richmond, Surrey

About The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association

The MPGA is a long established Charity which over the years has played a vital role in the preservation and improvement of countless gardens, neglected sites and green open spaces across London. We provide modest grants to those who share with us a desire to improve the environment and thus the quality of life for the local community. Our work brings us into contact with a wide variety of groups, including local councils, schools, hospitals, hospices, museums, voluntary organizations and community groups.

The Association is run by an Executive Committee of ten people with Rex Thornborough MStJ, RD as the current Chairman, long serving Chairman William Fraser OBE having retired at the end of 2019. Between us, we have many years of experience and considerable knowledge of the numerous projects with which we have been involved over the years. For details of our President, Hugh Johnson OBE, together with a list of Committee Members, go to 'People'.

In fact our records, which go back to 1882, have frequently proved invaluable in connection with grant applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to advice given on funding, we can also provide horticultural expertise over a wide range of issues.

Each grant application is discussed and carefully considered by the Committee before a final decision is made and feedback and photographs from the recipients are encouraged.

We rely entirely on voluntary contributions and our funds come from a number of different sources, for example, the invested income from past donations, grants, subscriptions and bequests. These funds are critical to the aims and objectives of the Charity. We are also supported by The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, with whom we have a close association.

We are currently involved in raising awareness of the work of the MPGA, aiming to attract new members and to build up the level of annual subscriptions.


President: Hugh Johnson OBE
Vice Presidents: The Marchioness of Salisbury
Sir David Howard Bt
Rosie Atkins FLS
Joyce Bellamy MBE
Alastair Gould
Wesley Kerr OBE
Christopher Woodward

Registered Charity No 303330
MPGA Constitution