AFTER A SUMMER WHERE ALL OUR ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING FUN DAY AND MUSICAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE TWO NEW EVENTS IN CANONS PARK:
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER LITTER PICK IN CANONS PARK, 10am to 12pm Many thanks to all who attended! We collected around 30 bags of litter and abandoned clothing, mattresses and camping gear.
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER THIS EVENT WILL GO AHEAD WITH NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. EACH TOUR PARTY WILL CONSIST OF A MAXIMUM OF FIVE VISITORS AND ONE TOUR LEADER. 'OPEN HOUSE DAY' IN CANONS PARK - we participate in Open House Weekend, a London-wide event organised by Open House London If you would like to know a little more about the history of Canons Park, why not come along to one of our FREE half-hour tours around the park, starting every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm (last tour).
Meet at the Friends' stall at the Good Friends Cafe at the heart of Canons Park, 5 minutes before each tour. From 2pm Stuart Cawthorne, from St Lawrence Church, will be hosting a small exhibition about the church and its association with the history of Edgware.
From 3pm we welcome the return of historian Dr Aaron Graham, who will lead more academic tours, aimed at age group 14+. General tours will also be available during these time slots.
No fee, no need to book. Social distancing will be observed.
We are also seeking volunteers for our gardening club, to work in the George V Memorial Garden (see Events).
WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT PARKRUN AND BIRDWATCHING WALKS ARE NOT TAKING PLACE IN THE PARK AT THE MOMENT DUE TO COVID-19. THE TOILET IS ALSO CLOSED, FOR THE SAME REASON, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE COUNCIL HAS ALSO DECIDED TO LOCK THE GEORGE V MEMORIAL GARDEN AS IT WAS ATTRACTING TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE IGNORING INSTRUCTIONS NOT TO GATHER IN LARGE GROUPS OR HOLD PARTIES AND BBQ'S. THERE ARE ALSO SOME REPAIRS NEEDED AS A RESULT OF RECENT VANDALISM. THE FRIENDS ARE CONTINUING TO CARRY OUT GARDENING AND WATERING DUTIES DURING THE LOCKDOWN.
HOWEVER, PLEASE CONTINUE TO VISIT THE PARK AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FRESH AIR AND WIDE OPEN SPACES, ALL OF WHICH ARE FREE TO USE - BUT KEEP YOUR DISTANCE TO A MINIMUM OF 2 METRES APART IF POSSIBLE.
The Good Friends Cafe is now open for takeaway only, serving a selection of food, hot and cold drinks, and delicious home made ice creams and lollies. Seating will not be provided during this period. Whilst social distancing rules continue, the cafe will be open every day from 11am to 4pm (rain permitting!) but closed on Mondays.
Shaw Trust, the Harrow branch of the nationwide horticultural charity, is now based in Canons Park and although students are not currently working there, staff and volunteers are coming in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice to sell bedding plants at very competitive prices.
Canons Park is nestled between the borders of Edgware and Stanmore, it has a fascinating history dating back hundreds of years. The park boasts wide open spaces for walking, sports, picnicking; shady woodland walks with wonderful displays of spring bluebells and wild garlic (from late April to early May).
It has a family friendly area with an adventure playground, supersized climbing boulder, basketball hoop and outdoor exercise gym.
INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY IN CANONS PARK
If you’re looking for a way to get more involved in the park, why not take part in some of the regular events that take place throughout the year, like our annual Kids' Fun Fair Day , monthly bird watching walks, and volunteer Gardening Club work days in the stunning George V Memorial Garden - all of which we hope to resume by 2021.
PARK SAFETY We are regarded as a safe and friendly park but incidents do happen, as in any park in the country. If you do not report it, the police will never know and can do little to help. Harrow Council does not employ a dog warden but if you witness an incident regarding dogs that are out of control please try to take a photo, as long as that does not endanger you or your companions. This will help the police to identify the dogs and their owners so that they can take appropriate action to apprehend them.
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES BELOW.