STOP PRESS! PLEASE SEE BELOW FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN CANONS PARK AND CHANGES TO CAFE OPENING DAYS DURING SEPTEMBER
'Open House London' in Canons Park, Sunday 23 September from 10am to 5pm (last walk at 4pm)
Find out more about the history of Canons Park, once the home of James Brydges, the first Duke of Chandos - one of the richest men in 18th century Britain. Walking tours, led by members of the Friends of Canons Park, are free and begin at the Good Friends Cafe at the centre of the park every hour on the hour, beginning at 10am. Tours last around 20 - 30 minutes and there is plenty of time to ask questions and take photographs.
This year there will be an additional one-off walk at 3pm only, for those who want a more scholarly overview of the Canons Estate. Led by historian Dr Aaron Graham, author of a recent book about Chandos and his financial dealings, this walk may last a little longer and is suitable for ages 14+.
TREE AND BUG WALKS, SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER AT 2PM
Find out more about the huge range of trees - both native and international - at our first-ever Tree Walk in Canons Park. Led by Ezra Davies, the walk is suitable for adults and will last for around 90 minutes. Also starting at 2pm is our first-ever Bug Walk, led by Simon Braidman. This walk is suitable for all ages. Both walks are FREE (although donations are always welcome!) and will begin from the park gates at the top of Canons Drive. See you there!!
Report on our first ever Bat Walk in Canons Park on Thursday 30 August 2018
Leaders Josh Kalms and Simon Braidman, Wardens, Stanmore Local Country Park
Simon Braidman writes: 'This event was attended by around 90 people. We saw a large bat which flew in a straight line. This was probably a Noctule Bat. They are an early emerging species. Then we saw Pipistrelle bats and we got good views. They were not ultra-sounding as it was still light. Later on we heard the echolocation calls and Josh picked up Soprano Pipistrelle. Towards the end we detected Daubenton’s Bat around the ornamental pond in the George V Memorial Garden.
The children had lots of fun catching invertebrates- bat food from the trees. Many were spiders including the green crab spider Didea dorsata. We also had an earwig and a Cream-Spot Ladybird. Beside the pond was a Leopard Slug and in the pond was an Eared Pond Snail. There were lots of questions about bats and we talked about the importance of long grass, dead wood and woodland edge habitat for wildlife'.
The Friends would like to thank Simon and Josh for giving up their free time to lead this fascinating Walk.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NEWS OF SIMON'S NEXT WALK IN CANONS PARK - A DAYTIME EVENT TAKING IN TREES AND BUGS - WHERE HE WILL BE JOINED BY FRIENDS' MEMBER EZRA DAVIES, WHO WILL BE LOOKING AT THE MANY VARIETIES OF TREES FEATURED IN OUR AMAZING PARK!
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.
Only good friends meet @ The Good Friends Café, where there is a wonderful selection of lunchtime snacks, teatime treats, lollies and wonderful home made ice creams, cakes and biscuits on offer, plus hot and cold drinks including super 'bean to cup' coffee. Table Tennis bats can be hired from the Cafe for use on the tables in the playground. PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO OPENING DAYS DURING SEPTEMBER: THE CAFE WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. ALSO CLOSED ON MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER AND WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
In case of an emergency in the park, please dial 999. For non-emergency calls to the police, such as for non-threatening anti-social behaviour, please dial 101. To convey a message to our park keeper, Derek Roy, please email email@example.com
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