Canons Park Gardening Club - Our lovely George V Memorial Garden is in need of some TLC!! Now that we have no park keeper, the council is only going to be cutting the grass during the year and tidying up the garden as and when it can. We desperately need keen gardeners - with or without experience - to help us return this little oasis of calm at the centre of the park to its former glory. GARDENING CLUB SESSIONS are generally held on Sundays from 10am to 2pm but you can stay as little or as long as you like! Why not join us? All tools and equipment, including gardening gloves, will be provided or you can bring your own if working alone. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact our gardening volunteer co-ordinator, Conchi Vera at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and session dates.
Bird Watching Walks in Canons Park: Last walk of the season was on Sunday 3 June and they are now on their summer break whilst the trees are in leaf. Walks will resume on Sunday 7 October, from 10am to 12pm. Meet at the Donnefield Avenue gates to Canons Park. All welcome! Bring binoculars if you have them and we suggest you wear comfortable shoes.
Yoga and Health Walks in Canons Park:
HEALTH WALKS 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 In the George V Memorial Garden, suitable for beginners and advanced. Thursdays 6.30pm to 8pm, Saturdays 8.30am to 10am.
Both activities 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
FRIDAY MORNING Hatha Yoga in Canons Park with Pav. PLEASE NOTE REVISED TIMES 7.30am to 8.15am, throughout the summer in the George V Memorial Garden. Donations to the Friends of Canons Park welcome. Please call 07426 323404 to confirm your attendance. On 6 July, Pav's sister will be holding a Pilates session as Pav is away, so take advantage of the opportunity to try something different instead! In all cases, please bring your own mat or towel.
Summer pre-Fun Day Litter Pick: Sunday 29 July, 10am to 12pm. Meet at 9.55am at the Good Friends Cafe. All equipment, including gloves, provided. Free light refreshments available at 11am tea break. All ages welcome but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
FIFTEENTH ANNUAL KIDS FUN FAIR DAY IN CANONS PARK, SUNDAY 5 AUGUST, 11AM TO 6PM. Fun for all the family with lots to do and take part in, including kids' fairground rides, bouncy castles and attractions, our ever-popular 'fun' dog contest, sponsored by Mandeville Veterinary Services, Edgware, 1pm to 2pm featuring the following classes: 1pm Best Groomed Dog 1.15pm Dog with the Waggiest Tail 1.30pm Dog with the Most Personality 1.45pm Most Obedient Dog. PLUS!! Face painting, Free Kids' Art Activity (sponsored by Chase Motor Cycles of Edgware), Friends Information stall (sponsored by Fleet Cars of Edgware), Free Keep Fit and Tae Kwan-Do Sessions with Duane Black, Nordic Walking taster sessions with Harrow Striders - all day, every hour on the hour from 11am, last walk 5pm; lively music from the Stardust Big Band and two Handel recitals from 'Florisma', Shaw Trust plant stall, RSPCA and RSPB stalls, Raffle, Yoga (4pm) and Herb discovery walks (1pm and 3pm) in the George V Memorial Garden, Dotty's sweets and shakes bus, Fudge cart, hot and cold snacks and home made ice creams at the Good Friends Cafe, and a fabulous adventure playground to burn off any extra energy!
Our First Ever Bat Walk in Canons Park, Thursday 30 August, 7.30 - 9.30pm. Bats are most active for the couple of hours after sunset- at a time when most people have left the park! These shy, nocturnal creatures are rarely seen unless you know where to look, so join the bat experts on this guided walk and see if you can spot any for yourself. More details to follow nearer the time. A donation of £1 per person will go towards the vital work of the Stanmore Common Local Nature Reserve. 'Open House London' in Canons Park, Sunday 23 September from 10am to 5pm: 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. There'll be musical entertainment (more about that later in the year!) and an additional one-off walk during the day for those who want a more detailed overview, led by historian Aaron Graham, author of a recent book about Chandos and his financial dealings.
Autumn Litter Pick: Sunday in October, date to be confirmed.