Welcome to Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park is a much loved and popular Grade II 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. Its Grade II 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.

Park Entrance Renovation Appeal 1- 31 October

Help us transform our park entrance!

STOP PRESS - STRETCH TARGET

Thanks to our incredibly generous community, the Park Entrance campaign has achieved its target in an astonishing handful of days. We are so grateful to each and every one of our contributors. After some reflection, and given our winter fundraising events have been cancelled due to Covid-19, we have created a stretch target of £7500. This additional £1500 will allow us to fund 2021 projects in the Rose Garden and the Valley Path. Thank you again for your support.

Thanks to generous support from award-winning garden designer Catherine Macdonald and company Landform, we have a wonderful plan to renovate our tired park entrance. As our Covid experience continues, this new project will provide beauty and pleasure to hundreds of people every day.

The image below shows our plan. We’ll create an avenue of trees, with spring colour from blossom and the bulbs planted underneath. Around the fountain, there will be new beds and trellis, full of new scented shrubs, flowers and climbing plants. Elsewhere, hedging will be added and turf re-conditioned. Merton Council is tackling and funding hard landscaping issues, including repairs to the path and additional bike racks.

Our appeal is to raise £6000. Of total project costs of £13,500, initial costs were covered by donations, and The Friends of Cannizaro Park is covering another £6000. However, we need a further £6000 to fund this work.

Can you help complete the project? Any donation - small or large - will help us towards our goal. £5 buys a plant; £20 buys a shrub or a climber; £50 buys a yew hedging plant; and £250 buys a tree. Every donation counts.

Our appeal is now live on the Crowdfunder website and this is the easiest way to donate. However, if you would like to donate offline, or to consider donating a tree to commemorate a special person or occasion, please do email us at fundraising@cannizaropark.com.

Thank you very much for your support.
Cannizaro Park Entrance Project

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

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LATEST NEWSLETTER

Click here to read the latest FoCP news in the October 2020 Newsletter.

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 Park.

DONATE

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