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.
Late spring and the summer months have proved to be a very busy and productive time this year, as the Volunteer Team has expanded and been working on several projects in different areas.
After initially clearing the Stream in July, a hardy ‘Stream Team’ set about clearing the banks of thick vegetation and brambles and repairing the cascade in August and September with great success, as you can see from the photos below. It was hard manual labour, but the reward of seeing the cascade flowing freely was worth it!
Martin, the head gardener, showed us how, when and where to prune Rhododendrons in the Woodland and supervised the team, while several of us battled with tough brambles to ensure the Rhododendrons and Azaleas were not choked. We then moved on to the walled area of the Italian Garden facing the Pond, which was in great need of clearing and pruning. Regular visitors will have noticed how much more light there is now as they enter the Italian Garden.
The most recent project undertaken by The Friends of Cannizaro Park has been to renovate the Tennis Court Garden in preparation for some new planting in the autumn; the Volunteers have spent several sessions helping to clear the area and we’re looking forward to doing some planting. Alongside all these tasks, small groups have been carefully maintaining the Herb garden and the Rose Garden and its surrounding area.
If you can’t join us on a Tuesday morning but would like to help the gardening team, look out for details of our daffodil bulb planting weekends in September, appearing soon on the Events page of our website.
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 don’t have much time but would like to help, how about delivering the newsletter to your road four times a year? Kids like helping with this one as well!