UPDATES: WE ARE SORRY 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 AND THESE ARE DUE TO BE TACKLED IN THE COMING WEEKS. THE FRIENDS ARE CONTINUING TO CARRY OUT GARDENING DUTIES DURING THE LOCKDOWN. WE ARE ALWAYS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR GARDENING CLUB, TO WORK IN THE GEORGE V MEMORIAL GARDEN (SEE BELOW).
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.
AFTER A SUMMER WHERE ALL OUR EVENTS, INCLUDING FUN DAY AND CONCERTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, WE WERE ABLE TO HOLD JUST TWO EVENTS IN THE PARK, BUT THEY WERE WELL ATTENDED AND WE THANK EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED US.
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER LITTER PICK IN CANONS PARK Many thanks to all who attended! We collected around 30 bags of litter together with abandoned clothing, mattresses and camping gear.
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 'OPEN HOUSE DAY' IN CANONS PARK Seventy five people attended this annual event and with extra tour leaders laid on we managed to fit in everyone who turned up to take a short tour around the historical aspects of Canons Park. Social distancing was observed throughout, with only five visitors taking each tour.
CANONS PARK GARDENING CLUB - NOW OPEN BUT SOCIALLY DISTANCED FOR NOW! We would love to hear from any keen gardeners who would like to work in or around the George V Memorial Garden at the centre of the park, to help restore it to its former glory. In 2018 we formed a small but very effective gardening club that now meets about every third Sunday morning, from early spring to late autumn, working from around 10am to 1pm - although everyone is welcome for whatever amount of time they can spare. Recently, we have begun working closely with Shaw Trust, the national charity that trains people with learning difficulties to work in horticulture and which now has its Harrow base in Canons Park. They have already made a huge difference to the Memorial Garden, working on weekdays to clear weeds and plant hundreds of spring bulbs. However, they are currently confining their activities to the compound behind the Good Friends Cafe.
The Gardening Club sessions are very rewarding. So far the group have cleared many of the overgrown flower beds and planted bulbs, bedding and perennial plants. Why not join them and make a real difference to the garden? All tools and equipment, including gardening gloves, are provided - or you can bring your own if you prefer - and we also provide light refreshments for tea breaks.
If you are interested in joining the group, please contact our gardening volunteer coordinator, Tony Bennett, at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BIRD WATCHING WALKS - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The park is teeming with wildlife, especially birds! There are many varieties to watch out for and everyone is welcome to join the group, whatever their age or experience. Walks take place from 10am to 12pm on the first Sunday of every month except January (walk is on the second Sunday) and in July, August and September when the walks do not take place as the trees are too leafy. Meet at the Donnefield Avenue gates to Canons Park. All welcome! Bring binoculars if you have them and we suggest you wear comfortable shoes. Stay as long as you like and feel free to join the group if you spot them walking through the park.
YOGA AND HEALTH WALKS IN CANONS PARK - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The activities below are FREE but donations are very welcome. All proceeds to the Friends of Canons Park to help buy plants and bulbs for the George V Memorial Garden
HEALTH WALKS - PLEASE CHECK WITH HARROW COUNCIL VIA THEIR WEBSITE:WWW.HARROW.GOV.UK Join the group for health walks and stretching exercises four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am – 9am. Meet at the Howberry Road entrance gates.
YOGA - CLOSED NOW FOR THE SEASON, WATCH OUT FOR NEW DATES IN SPRING 2021 Spring and Summer In the George V Memorial Garden, suitable for beginners and advanced. Wednesdays 6pm to 7.30pm, Saturdays 8.30am to 10am. All welcome!