Welcome to Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park is a much loved and popular grade 2 listed park just off Westside Wimbledon Common in the London Borough of Merton. The park has a long history dating back to its years as part of the Duke of Cannizaro’s Estate and its transition to a public Park when Merton Borough Council adopted it in 1949. It’s Grade II listed status is due to some of the rare and exquisite plants which are all around the park. It has some superb trees and shrubs, which are attractive to both the horticulturalists and gardeners as well as those who come for a walk a picnic or simply to enjoy some peace and quiet in the many secluded areas of the park.

The Friends of Cannizaro Park is a registered charity, whose aims are to provide oversight of the park in relation to its maintenance by the London Borough of Merton and to strive to commission improvements to the Park for the benefit of visitors and the local community as a whole. We are a small committee of trustees, members and many dedicated volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the park remains a jewel in Wimbledon’s crown, a haven for wild life and an enduring attraction for all its many visitors. If you would like to know more about the Friends, our aims, opportunities for volunteering, events and how to get involved or support us please look at the sections below.

Please click here to view the 2018-19 Report by Chris Mountford, Chair of the Friends of Cannizaro Park.

NEW MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM!

From early May 2020, the Friends are moving to a new membership system. Following feedback from local members, the new system will offer several improvements to our existing arrangements: easy and secure join-up options; quicker and simpler booking for events; options for members to control how and when you’d like to hear from us; and opportunities to tell us whether and how you’d like to be involved in the park.

New membership provider WebCollect is being used successfully by several Wimbledon organisations, who report a positive experience for both members and club administrators. The system allows organisations to keep pace with latest data protection requirements, safeguarding your information.

After working hard to iron out any gremlins, we hope you too will have a positive experience of our new system. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please do email us at membership@cannizaropark.com or info@cannizaropark.com, and we will gladly help sort things out.

Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park - Spring Bulbs
Cannizaro Park - Camellias
Cannizaro Park Sunken Garden in Spring
Cannizaro Park Daffodils in Birch Glade

Visit Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park is open Monday-Friday 8am - Dusk, and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am - Dusk, all year.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Friends organise several events each year starting with the Spring Talk,when knowledgeable speakers, in their field, present on subjects which concern gardens, horticulture and others items relevant to the park, its trees, wildlife and plants.

Watch the Events Timetable for the “Park Walks” conducted by experts to point out the specimen Trees, Flora and Fauna as well as the Birds and other Wildlife.

The annual Bridge Drive has now established itself as one of our autumn events along with The Christmas Carol. The Annual General Meeting usually takes place in the autumn.

EVENTS

There are no events scheduled at this time.

LATEST NEWSLETTER

Click here to read the latest FoCP news in the January 2020 Newsletter, including: Spring Talk, Plans for 2020, Pond News and Tennis Court Garden Project.

THE TREE TRAIL

Some of our volunteers have embarked on a project to help visitors find out about the different species of trees as they explore the Park. They have so far identified over 100 trees and information about many of these, including a tree location map, is now available on the Tree page of this website. A printed version of the map has also been made available from the Park entrance noticeboard and further maps and tree trail guides are being produced. Labelling a selection of the trees with both the common and scientific names, and a QR code containing additional information, which can be read using a mobile phone app, is also part of the project. If you are able to give us feedback on how you are finding the Tree Trail, we’d be very happy to hear from you at info@cannizaropark.com.

HISTORY OF CANNIZARO PARK

The name Cannizaro dates back to 1832 when Count St Antonio, occupant of what was then Warren House on the west side of the Common, succeeded to the dukedom of Cannizzaro in Sicily.

He soon left to live with his mistress in Milan, but his long-suffering Scottish wife, Sophia prided herself on the title of Duchess of Cannizzaro and kept the name of Cannizzaro until she died in 1841 and her estate was recorded under this name. Apart from the spelling change, the name Cannizaro has stuck ever since.

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Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common
Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common
Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common
Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common
Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common
Cannizaro Park Historical Photo, Wimbledon Common

JOIN THE FRIENDS

We always welcome new members and volunteers to help the Friends of Cannizaro.

DONATE

We are a charity and rely on donations. All donations are very welcome.