We’re delighted to confirm that the garden of 10 Downing Street will join over 200 unique and special gardens opening for Open Garden Squares Weekend.
Entry is allotted via a public ballot – you can enter the ballot online on the OGSW website. The ballot closes on 1 May 2018 at 5pm, and winners will be notified soon afterwards.
10 Downing Street is the official residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and also the place where the Prime Minister welcomes guests – from Her Majesty The Queen, to world leaders, to businesses and charities. The garden is shared by residents in Number 10 and Number 11.
The terrace and garden at Downing Street were constructed in 1736, shortly after Robert Walpole moved in. The garden is dominated by an open lawn of half an acre that wraps around in an L-shape. Tubs of flowers line the terrace and roses line the main pathway through the garden.
The garden is looked after by Paul Schooling, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2015 for his 31 years of public service to some of London’s most precious and unique spaces. He has worked at Downing Street for 27 years.