Holly Smith, a University of Virginia graduate, worked for many years as a newspaper journalist in the US and in Merseyside before moving to London in 1986.
She led a campaign to have the railings around Bina Gardens West, SW5, restored, and the success of this project inspired similar replacements around other Kensington communal gardens.
In 1996 she founded Garden Square News magazine, which serves the communal gardens of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
She is a trustee of the International Friends of the Natural History Museum, a trustee of Sulgrave Manor (the ancestral home of George Washington, near Banbury), and an honorary state regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She feels at home in Kensington – her family ties to London go back to the mid 1700s.