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.
Help us focus our activity by telling us why you visit the Park, what you particularly like about Cannizaro - and areas we can consider for improvement.
Our brief 2-minute survey is available online from Saturday 4 July to midnight on Tuesday 14 July.
TAKE OUR SURVEY
We will also be conducting the survey in person in the Park at the following times:
Saturday 4 July: 10-11am; 2-3pm; 5.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 7 July: 10-11am; 2-3pm; 5.30-6.30pm
Saturday 11 July: 10-11am; 2-3pm; 5.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 14 July: 10-11am; 2-3pm; 5.30-6.30pm
Thank you for your help. We look forward to working together, to make our Park an even more valued part of our community.
Thank you for the many enquiries we have received, following the incident involving the Haile Selassie statue on Tuesday, 30 June.
On this matter, we ask you to direct comments and questions to the park’s owner, the London Borough of Merton: email@example.com
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.
There are no events scheduled at this time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.