We're nearly at the end of the year and things will be a bit quiet for the winter, but before we go here are a couple of last minute dates for your diary.
Saturday 25 November from 4pm to 5.30pm OVER 30 VOLUNTEERS WILL WALK ON FIRE TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP GRANT MAGICAL WISHES FOR SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN ACROSS THE UK. CAN THEY HANDLE THE HEAT? PLEASE COME ALONG AND SUPPORT THEM! WHITCHURCH LANE ENTRANCE to Canons Park Entrance Free Light refreshment stall
The Friends of Canons Park are supporting the Shaw Trust who be selling winter plants in the park on selected weekend days in November and December.
Plants for sale on these Saturdays and Sundays in Canons Park, Edgware (by the Good Friends Café) 10am – 12pm
◦ 26 Nov ◦2 Dec ◦ 9 Dec ◦ 10 Dec ◦ 16 Dec
Come and pick up locally-grown, good quality plants and support your local community.
Choose from a lovely variety of packed bulbs and autumn/winter plants at highly competitive prices!
By shopping with us you are helping to support an enterprise that provides opportunities for people who have learning disabilities and are facing disadvantage in their daily lives.
Plants are produced at the Shaw Trust plant nursery in Stanmore. Customers are welcome to visit Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm. Contact: The Nurseries, Clamp Hill, Stanmore HA3 7JS Tel: 020 8954 4287 www.shaw-trust.org.uk
Bird Watching Walks - see Calendar page for forthcoming dates
The Friends run a fascinating series of two-hour bird-watching walks on the first Sunday of each month, except July to September (when breeding is over and leaf-cover makes bird spotting difficult), and January (when the walk switches to the second Sunday). Led by an experienced member of the local RSPB, the walks are FREE and begin at 10am from the Donnefield Avenue entrance to the Park. No need to book, just turn up and stay as long as you like! The pace is not too fast but comfortable shoes are a must and if you have binoculars, bring them with you.
There’s a wide variety of species to be seen in the Park, including a sizeable colony of Ring–necked Parakeets. These noisy and colourful imports from the Himalayan region of India have colonised areas of the park, particularly the Spinney and can now be seen throughout the Canons Park Estate.
Other birds seen regularly include: Sparrowhawk; Kestrel; several Gulls – including Common, Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Blackbacked; Siskin; three doves, including Stock, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove; Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers; Blackcap; Pied Wagtail; Goldcrest; Robin; Blackbird; Song and Thistle Thrush; Chiff-chaff; Redwing; Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed tits; Nuthatch; Crows; several Finches, plus a variety of less common visitors including the Common Buzzard and Waxwing.