Step inside over 30 of Barnes’ secret gardens and discover each garden’s story.


Step inside over 30 of Barnes’ secret gardens and discover each garden’s story.

About the project

Barnes is blessed with wonderful outdoor space but hidden behind many houses are small (and not so small) gems of gardens. From cottage gardens bursting with colour to woodland gardens with amazing foliage, every style abounds.

Once every two years we get the chance to see some of these secret spaces as their owners open them to raise money for FiSH. This year the coronavirus means we can’t walk around them physically but we can do so virtually.

Thank you so much to all those gardeners who have contributed photos and videos. We do hope you enjoy them, and do please donate to FiSH who would otherwise lose out from the money generated by this annual fundraiser.

Volunteer for FiSH

We are hugely grateful to the many new volunteers who came forward at the start of the crisis. Some of these are now returning to work, so we would welcome further applications from people with time to spare now and who are likely to have availability post-COVID.  We need people who are willing to do shopping and also car drivers. All applicants will be contacted. All new volunteers will need to have a criminal records check and supply two referees.

We would like to thank

This project would not have been possible without the people of Barnes who kindly opened their gardens and so generously gave their time to take photos and videos and share their garden stories with us. 

There have also been a team of people behind the scenes, all of whom donated their time for free. These include Chris O’Donnell our amazing professional camera man who took footage of eight gardens, FiSH volunteer Ian Hancock who also took photos and videos, video producer Kate Levy of Mindplan productions and web designer Sarah Arthur of Great Little Websites. Read more about them below.

Sarah Arthur, Great Little Websites

Sarah Arthur is a web designer based in Barnes, who also edits and publishes our local newsletter the Barnes Village Bugle.
Sarah’s background is in marketing and as a magazine publisher. She has published titles as diverse as the Waitrose Magazine and The Oldie as well as working on magazines including Homes & Gardens and Marie Claire.
As well as web design Sarah is a copywriter and e-mail newsletter specialist working for numerous clients including many in the restaurant industry.

Kate Levy, Mindplan Productions

Kate Levy has lived in Barnes for 17 years and runs the video production company Mindplan Productions. She is a  writer, director and producer.  She set up her company in 2014 and produces business video,  launch animations,  works with retailers, charities, vet practices, publishers and universities. Kate originally trained as an actress and has appeared on TV, on Broadway and made a film in Hollywood. She decided it was best for everybody if she went behind the camera and into the edit suite.

Chris O'Donnell, Producer/Director

Chris is an accomplished Producer/Director working on observational documentaries and specialist factual content. He works across a wide range of subjects and environments, from filming with high-profile institutions and presenters to exploring new technology and planning remote expeditions. His clients include the National Geographic Channel and BBC Studios and you will have seen his work on TV with the landmark productions such as Horizon, Hospital and Inside the Foreign Office.

Ian Hancock, FiSH volunteer

Ian filmed and photographed eight of our featured gardens.

Ian has been volunteering at Fish for the past 3 years. He mostly does gardening jobs, together with some uncomplicated handyman tasks.

He has helped with the Open Gardens day each year, visiting new gardens and this year helping with the photography.

Thanks also to…

FiSH is grateful for the support of the following local business whose services may be of interest to garden owners who feel inspired after visiting this website:  

Auntie Planty Garden Advice

Let Auntie cure your gardening woes! Just email Auntie Planty’s Digital Garden Advice Shop with details of your problem and an image. Auntie will send you a solution along with tips and advice. Auntie is kindly waiving her fee in return for a small donation to FiSH. Win-win! Call Valerie Munro on 07887 716777 [email protected]

Mike Bayon Garden Design

Making beautiful gardens for over 30 years, this team can make your garden dream a reality.

Call Roger Lang on 07812 562590   [email protected]    

Castelnau Services

Ned Battersby, a student at Harrodian, and his brother Will provide a range of gardening services including patio cleaning, lawn mowing, strimming and hedge trimming. This year they are donating 10% of their income from their highly competitive rates to FiSH. 

Contact Ned [email protected] 


Additional copywriting assistance from Tina Ogle. Thanks also to Gary Hunter of Wild Blue Media in Putney for providing camera equipment.

Get in touch

FiSH Neighbourhood Care
Barnes Green Centre
Church Road
London SW13 9HE

A registered charity no. 1147516 and a limited company registered in England and Wales no. 07933796.

Office: 020 8876 3335
Helpline: 020 8876 3414
Befriending: 020 8878 8100
Bus Transport: 020 8876 3765
[email protected]