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.

ICANN Health & Well-Being Festival

August 15th, 19th, 22nd and 26th, 2020


All abilities welcome for this community well-being event. Please bring your own mat or rug. All classes £10 and all participants must be over 18, except for Family Yoga, where ages are indicated. Tickets for Family Yoga classes cover one adult and one accompanying child per single ticket.

COVID-19: We are constantly monitoring the current health situation. All classes will respect current social distancing guidelines. In the event of stricter social distancing or lockdown being reimposed, the event(s) will be cancelled and the option to claim refunds given.

Bad weather policy: in the event of bad weather, ticket holders will be notified the morning of the event and given the option to claim a refund of the ticket price. Refunds will not be issued in any other circumstance.

Please visit https://webcollect.org.uk/focp/event/icann-health-well-being-festival to book our range of classes.


Location: Italian Garden - Cannizaro Park


The Haile Selassie Statue

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: communications@merton.gov.uk

Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park - Spring Bulbs
Cannizaro Park - Camellias
Cannizaro Park Sunken Garden in Spring
Cannizaro Park Daffodils in Birch Glade

Visit Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park is open Monday-Friday 8am - Dusk, and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am - Dusk, all year.


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.


    Saturday, 15th August 2020 9:00 am - 10:00 am : ICANN FESTIVAL : Mood enhancing meditation with Tish Dodson (Jiva Health)
    We tend to know what we don’t want and put less energy into what we want. We tend to have some idea of our blockages but not how to clear them. Learn some techniques to understand a little more of what you may do naturally in limiting your dreams, where you may want to let go of some things blocking manifestation to then be able to come into a beautiful manifesting meditation where you clear a pathway for your dreams. No experience required. Simply come with an open mind, paper and pen.


    Saturday, 15th August 2020 10:30 am - 11:30 am : ICANN FESTIVAL : Pilates for Posture with Suzanne Arnold
    Feeling tight and achy? Been missing your real-time instructor? Free your body from tension and learn how to move for optimum comfort and stability to connect deeper with your body. An hour of expert Pilates tuition, which will help you to release, unwind and strengthen. Jacqueline and Suzanne are Pilates instructors and colleagues with over 25 years of collective experience of educating people on movement and whole body health.


    Saturday, 15th August 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm : ICANN FESTIVAL : Yoga for Runners and Walkers with Tish Dodson (Jiva Health)
    Learn corrective movement to address issues and understand how we can walk and move really efficiently with little effort and a spring in our step. And how we can bring this in to running to reduce the likelihood of injuries, get faster and run with more freedom. Learn the micro moves in our feet, knees, hips, core and shoulders to help us with walking, running and a better yoga practice. Whether you are new to the practice or really advanced you will be learning something about how your body moves.


    Saturday, 15th August 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm : ICANN FESTIVAL : Laughter Yoga with Lotte Mikkelsen
    Laughter Yoga gives you an opportunity to connect with yourself and other people in joy and fun. When we laugh we improve our health and wellbeing through release of chemicals that encourage great immune response, stress relief and relaxation. For more information please visit https://www.unitedmind.co.uk or about Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Lotte Mikkelsen, http://www.lottemikkelsen.com.


    Saturday, 15th August 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm : ICANN FESTIVAL : Hatha Yoga with Tish Dodson (Jiva Health)
    Relax and unwind with a gentle yoga practice for an easy afternoon and peaceful evening, working through your alignment, twists to support your digestive system and a soothing relaxation.




Click here to read the latest FoCP news in the January 2020 Newsletter, including: Spring Talk, Plans for 2020, Pond News and Tennis Court Garden Project.


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.


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.


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


We always welcome new members and volunteers to help the Friends of Cannizaro.


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