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.
One of our major projects in September was uncovering the Historic Pet Cemetery, which involved a team of us clearing undergrowth and overgrowth, making a path and finding the headstones. Do go and investigate - you’ll find the path on your right after you turn right past the Aviary. Our Autumn Tree Trail is beautiful, and the work of several dedicated volunteers.
If you’ve not recently explored the area between the Belvedere and the Retreat, you’re in for a surprise; the team has cleared away brambles to reveal several trees in all their glory and a very pretty border of cyclamens. Recently we put the Gunnera (down by the stream) to bed for the winter, making wigwams with the leaves to ensure growth next spring.
Our imminent plans are to plant some new rose-bushes in the central circular bed of the Rose Garden and some new Rhododendrons in Lady Jane Wood.
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 fill out the Volunteer Form online or print it out and return it to us.
If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling in the Volunteering Form above, or click here to contact us via our Contact Page.
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!
Are you good at gardening, clearing up rubbish and have a couple of hours to spare?
Our work encompasses a whole range of activities including: updating and maintaining the website, Facebook page, membership lists and email accounts; writing newsletters; organising the printing and delivery of newsletters; working with the council officers and councillors, liaising with the charity commission and other agencies. The list goes on but if you think you would like to work with the committee, please let us know.