Residents Gardening Sessions

The Holly Lodge Residents Association has launched resident’  gardening sessions.  These  are run by Camden’s gardener on Holly Lodge, Kat.

The sessions are every Saturday 11.30am and Wednesday 10.30am.  We meet by the pond in the middle garden between Makepeace and Holly Lodge Mansions.  Any resident is welcome to attend.

The gardening sessions have been working in the middle gardens between Makepeace and Holly Lodge Mansions, and around the polytunnel behind Holly Lodge Mansions.

These are supervised sessions and the Holly Lodge Residents Association cannot authorise any resident to do gardening at any other time or in any other location.

The gardening sessions will not do any work in residents’ front gardens.

We are also launching a new food growing project in the polytunnel and if you would like to be involved please email:

Clothes Swap Day

On November 10th 2018 we organised Holly Lodge’s first clothes swap event. Lots of residents brought along clothes and went home with others, new friends were formed and there were plans to organise a repair day for all those other clothes that we could mend or turn into something fabulous.

Huge thanks to Alison David and Shannon Francis for organising and for all the other volunteers for donating food (including Tesco’s), rails, time and fun.


HLRA AGM – 73 residents voted in a new committee for 2018/2019

On the 17th September, the HLRA held a very well attended AGM which voted in a new committee, discussed what had happened over 2017/18 as well as issues and activities for the next year. It was a joint AGM with the Holly Lodge Community Centre who also reported back on what they had been doing over the last year. All three of our ward Councillors – Oliver Lewis, Sian Berry, and Anna Wright – attended, as did Hugh Boatswain, the lead on Tenant Participation for Camden.

You can find the minutes and related reports on the Minutes page of this website. And you can also see a list of the new committee members.

Questionnaire results


Over 60 people responded to a questionnaire which was sent to all HLRA residents. That’s a 1 in 8 response rate. Thanks to everyone who filled the forms in online or by hand.

Here’s the full report of what you said.

And here are some of the headlines

What do you like best about living on Holly Lodge?

Top of the list at 62% – the greenery, semi rural feel and the gardens. About half like the quiet and calm; and a quarter the community and your neighbours.

What would you like to see improved?

The main area of concern is ground maintenance and gardens, then bins and recycling; repairs and contract management; followed by caretaking and car parking.

What would you like to see organised/get involved with?

The top three activities are: social events; a repair café; and clothes and item swaps. You are also interested in a business club, healthy eating events; first aid; gardening and computer training.

At the Community Centre, you’d like to see a film club, more exercise classes, art classes, a café and interest in the existing astronomy group.

Fire safety: “Don’t lock our fire escapes!”

We are very concerned that Camden Council may lock the fire escapes on the roof because of concerns about safety.

We asked you to email our local councillors and the cabinet member for housing, Meric Apak, to urge them not to lock the fire escape doors on the roofs and to improve the safety of the walkways between blocks. Lots of you did email and we received a very positive response and suggested ways forward from both Meric and local councillor, Oliver Lewis.

Here’s why we think this issue is important. Camden Council’s last Safety Review concluded that the fire doors leading to the roofs should be locked because they were worried about people’s safety on the roofs. We believe that this decision breaks fire regulations because buildings of this height should have two exits. Our flats are not ‘sealed units’ and therefore the Council’s advice is to evacuate in the event of fire rather than remain in flats. We therefore must have two escape routes.

We provided a SAMPLE LETTER for you to adapt.

After our public meeting last year, and our continuing consultations with Camden Council, we are pleased that they are taking forward the following fire safety measures:

  • ensuring that all flat doors meet the ’30 minute’ fire safety standard – at no cost to tenants or leaseholders
  • installing hard-wired smoke alarms in the communal areas of all blocks
  • checking the wiring and fuse boxes of all tenants. Leaseholders are encouraged please to get their own wiring checked.

Helping improve bins and bike provision

Bike Storage

Camden Council is planning to build a number of new cycle storage racks on our Estate. You can see the proposed sites on this map. Locations highlighted in orange indicate existing provision with numbers that are circled indicating covered storage areas. Locations highlighted in pink are those which had been previously proposed but have been rejected because of impact on the character of the Conservation Area. Locations highlighted in green are those which are now seen as possible locations moving forward.

We asked you for information about whether you use a bike and would like to have bike storage (or if you do not have a bike but may get one if there was safe cycle storage.

We brought together all the comments that people sent through and had a walk around the proposed sites with Ivan Christmas on Friday March 16th. We will be working closely with Camden to see that the bike storage provision works for everyone and that there will be further consultation with residents.

Refuse bins and recycling provision

Our Estate Manager is keen to find out residents’ concerns and thoughts about the accessibility, location and effectiveness of bins and recycling on the Estate. (An example is whether or not you have difficulties with the small opening on the locked recycling bins). We gathered information from you and presented this to the Estate Manager in a walk around the Estate on the 15th March.

Xmas Party


On Saturday 16th December we held our Christmas Party. There was a great turn out. Thanks to everyone who came along and also to those who helped out on the day. The kids enjoyed receiving presents from Santa and playing games, and the adults had a lovely timthumb_IMG_1349_1024e meeting old and new friends, with delicious food including mince pies and donated mulled wine and hot spicy apple juice.

Huge thanks go to Shannon Francis for organising the party.