Leinster Square Gardens was created when the surrounding imposing white stucco houses were built between 1856 and 1864. Three majestic plane trees dominate the garden, including the central plane, planted on 26th February 1887 in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year. A group of residents rescued the garden from decline in the late 1970s. They replaced the railings that had been removed during WW2 and planted azaleas, rhododendrons and a collection of camellias. Much of this planting survives today. In 2015 it was extensively restored to include new paths, an irrigation system, small pavilion and new seating as well as a new planting plan. A once-weekly gardener maintains the garden. Famous former residents of Leinster Square include the writer, ornithologist and founding member of the RSPB William Henry Hudson at No 11, and musician Sting at 28A.