We are immensely proud of our beautiful gardens at Regent's. Not only do they provide an excellent setting in which to study, but they also reflect our commitment to biodiversity and sustainability. We want to ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy them and learn more about our institution's fascinating history.

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About The York Lawns

Nestled in eleven acres of private grounds and surrounded by the magnificent gardens and lake of Regent’s Park, the private rolling lawns and a secret garden of Regent's offer a true oasis of tranquillity and calm within the hubbub of Central London.

A team of five gardeners looks after the gardens. We also employ a garden apprentice and take volunteer trainees from Thrive, a charity that offers horticultural training and therapy to individual with special needs.

The gardens are managed to encourage biodiversity and sustainability. We recycle 99% of our garden waste for use as compost and mulch within the gardens. We have hives with honey bees and grow some of the vegetables and herbs used in the University kitchens.

We have also installed green roofs on two of the University buildings which help to reduce heat loss. They are full of bees throughout the summer months and are starting to be colonised by native wildflowers like bird’s foot trefoil

We are planning to build a larger greenhouse so we can start to produce half of our own bedding. We will also be able to grow some cut flowers out of season and around 10-15% of the indoor plants used for displays within the University.

A seasonal programme for pruning shrubs is resulting in improved flowers and appearance. We have also planted many thousands of bulbs over the last five years.

We have sown a native wildflower meadow in our woodland area, which flowered for the first time in 2013, and we are planning to expand this area over time.

Where possible, we try to plant native trees. However as we are in a conservation area, if we remove a plant the local authority may instruct us to plant the same species again, to ensure the gardens are kept true to their historical context.

The York Lawns and secret garden can be hired for events and this Summer

To visit the venue in person or to discuss event options, please call the events team on 020 7487 7540 or email conferences@regents.ac.uk



Enquiries For booking enquiries please call the number below, or use our online booking form.