The Friends of Cannizaro Park is run entirely by volunteers, whether that is the Trustees or the many people who give their time to tidy and maintain lots of areas of the park as well as taking care of the aviary.
We depend upon a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer team of helpers and we are always ready to welcome new volunteers to this group, whether they are members of the Friends or not. Volunteers can be any age from children upwards and there are a wide variety of ways to contribute, from half an hour now and again and specific events to a regular commitment.
Although Covid restrictions during winter have meant that our terrific team of Volunteers has had to be pared down, we were delighted to be able to complete all the work on the Park Entrance in November and December and we now eagerly await the flowering of the hundreds of bulbs and plants we put in. A small, dedicated band has been working on essential tasks of maintenance, most noticeably tackling the causes of the flooding of the Pond as best as possible, given the complexities of the drainage system in the Park.
We’re now looking ahead to spring when we hope that we can deploy all of our Volunteer team once again; we have a record number of regular Volunteers who in unrestricted times turn up every Tuesday morning and can number anything between 10 – 25! So, we anticipate plenty of activity in spring which includes finishing work on the Tennis Court Garden, planting in the bed bordering the Cascade, removing brambles from the Azalea beds and regular maintenance in the Herb Garden, Rose Garden and Park Entrance. Look out for the difference we make to the Park!
The Friends of Cannizaro Volunteers are responsible for the planting and maintenance of the Herb Garden, where you will find a variety of herbs flourishing happily. We also maintain the Iris Beds and the Rose Garden, and undertake specific projects as well as lending a hand whenever possible elsewhere in the Park.
Whilst volunteers bring many skills and knowledge all volunteers are expected to attend a brief training session before starting to ensure that they are confident in handling equipment, have sufficient knowledge of tasks and are briefed on Health and Safety. All volunteers are covered by Public Liability Insurance from Merton Council.
The Volunteers meet regularly on Tuesday mornings at 10.15 am (weather permitting) by the Aviary Noticeboard.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our work encompasses a whole range of activities, including: publicity activity through the website and social media; events management; managing membership enquiries; creating newsletters; liaising with council officers and the Charity Commission; and fundraising work with sponsors and local organisations.
We would welcome help to design and organise a small number of events in the Park each year.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email us on email@example.com.