A beautiful green space on the borders of Edgware & Stanmore
Congratulations to our Good Friends Cafe Manager, Paula Esner, who has been awarded a level 5 Food Hygiene Rating - the maximum level - after a visit at the end of July 2022 by the Food Standards Agency.
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 hot and cold drinks, savoury snacks, teatime goodies, home-made ice cream and lollies on offer. Watch out for Manager Paula's range of vegetarian and vegan products too! The Cafe is open from early spring to late autumn.
Our parkrun is held every Saturday at 9am throughout the year and regularly attracts around 200 runners and walkers of all abilities.
To find out more about the history of the park you can now follow our FREE one-hour audio walking tour by downloading the VoiceMap app and searching for Canons Park. If you can't make it to the park you can even listen to the tour at home!
The park hosts a wonderful collection of trees, some of them quite rare. For more information click on Trees.
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 (currently suspended), and volunteer Gardening Club work days during the spring and summer in the stunning George V Memorial Garden?
The park has a flat terrain and a continuous pathway around its perimeter, enabling wheelchair users, walkers, joggers, and families with pushchairs to explore the woodland and open spaces without having to encounter steps or steep hills.
Dogs are welcome in all areas but the council asks that dog owners put their pets on a lead in the Memorial Garden, so that those who come there for a little peace and quiet - or are afraid of dogs - can enjoy the surroundings. Please also remember that the pond at the centre of the garden is home to a variety of wildlife, including frogs and newts, so allowing your dog - or your children! - to enter the pond is both anti-social and harmful to these little creatures! We should also point out that there may be glass or other objects lying on the bottom of the pond, due to anti-social behaviour which, together with naturally-occurring algae, can make it dangerous and very slippery.
SHAW TRUST The Harrow branch of the nationwide charity, Shaw Trust, is based at the Bothy compound in Canons Park. The Friends were delighted to help facilitate the arrival of this wonderful charity, which teaches students with learning difficulties about horticulture. The students work in the Bothy and out in the park, concentrating on the George V Memorial Garden, where they litter pick, tidy up, weed flower beds and plant new bulbs and flowers. Work in the Bothy compound includes potting up seedlings, care of plants and helping to create hanging baskets and other floral items, which can be purchased by the public any weekday from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
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.
In case of an emergency or threatening anti-social behaviour in the park, please dial 999. There is now a heart defibrillator situated in Canons Park, a few yards from the Good Friends Cafe. All instructions for use are given once the unit has been accessed. For non-emergency calls to the police, such as for non-threatening anti-social behaviour, vandalism or criminal damage, please dial 101 or if it is after the event, lodge a report via: https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour/
To enquire about items lost or found in the park, or to contact the Friends on any other matter, please email email@example.com