Earl's Court Square is an award-winning Victorian garden, laid out as part of the Edwardes Estate in the 1870s. Having fallen into disrepair after WW2, a Residents' Association brought the garden under the 1851 Kensington Improvement Act. Landscape gardener/resident Christopher Fair designed today's layout and it became a Conservation Area in the 1970s. A children’s play area was added in 1980. Anna Surdacka from Charles Wood Landscape Design has tended the garden since 2012. Famous residents have included Royal Ballet founder Dame Ninette de Valois (No 23), choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, actor Sir John Gielgud, Pink Floyd members and the National Poetry Society (No 21).