Friends of Pinner Village Gardens

Working together to improve this beautiful park.

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About the Gardens

Pinner Village Gardens are owned by the London Borough of Harrow, located in the borough’s Pinner South Ward on the outskirts of Pinner town centre, and have entrances from Rayners Lane, Compton Rise, Whittington Way and Hereford Gardens. They are a 10-minute walk from Pinner tube station on the Metropolitan Line, and provide 6.58 hectares for informal recreation.

The Gardens were laid out at the same time as the development of the suburb in the 1920s. It is unique in that it contains a medieval narrow rig ridge and furrow field in the south part of the park, a feature usually found on poorly drained soil where ploughing had been carried out for a relatively long period. Harrow Borough Council in the mid-eighties intended to level this field to make it easier for them to cut the grass, however an archaeological survey was carried out to determine whether these features really represented ridge and furrow or whether they were later drainage features. No field drains were found and all the evidence pointed to the earthworks being ridge and furrow of the type commonly known as narrow rig. It is the nearest surviving ridge and furrow to central London and the images below show that the ridges can still be seen to this day.

Click on the link for a detailed map of Pinner Village Gardens, kindly produced by one of our members.

About the Friends

Friends of Pinner Village Gardens was formed in October 2015 to ensure Pinner Village Gardens remained accessible to the public, and to give park users and local residents a say on its future development.

So far we have achieved...

Become a member

To become a Friend, an annual payment of £5 (individual) or £10 (organisation) is required. This payment can be made by electronic transfer of funds, cheque or Paypal, the bank account details being:

If paying by electronic transfer of funds, please use your name or that of your organisation as a reference. We would be grateful if you can send us an email after becoming a Friend using the contact form below or emailing friendsofpinnervillagegardens@gmail.com. This allows us to thank you for becoming a Friend and to keep you updated with all the latest news and events.

If paying by cheque, please send it to - Friends of Pinner Village Gardens, 11 Lincoln Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 7RQ.

We also accept payments via PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account to pay your membership fee this way as you can use a credit card. To do so click on the Donate button below.

Please note your membership will be oriented to our financial year, which runs from 1st April to 31st March. You can therefore expect a 'please renew' email in mid-March.

Irrespective of payment method, any additional donations help with our effort to improve the park and are much appreciated.

Events

March 2018

Work Party - Thursday 8th March 9:30am

Meet at the drinking fountain, roughly 100 metres east of the Hereford Gardens entrance.

Race Night at the Pinner Arms, Whittington Way - Friday 9th March 7:30pm

Join us for a super fun 'race' night! There will be 6, pre-recorded real life horse races, played on a big screen, and all bets will be £1 for each race. You can ‘buy’ a horse of your own for the night, which you can name, and as well as winning money you could win a prize. Horses are £10. For those who do not buy a horse, we will simply be asking for a donation on the night, rather than sell entry tickets. For more details contact Antonia via email on antonia.savvides@sky.com, or fill in the contact form below.

April 2018

Work Party - Thursday 5th April 9:30am

Meet at the drinking fountain, roughly 100 metres east of the Hereford Gardens entrance.

Easter Event at Pinner Village Gardens - Saturday 14th April 11am - 3pm

Big Plant / book sale and Easter eggs to be won with an Easter egg trail round the park.

St Georges Day - Pinner High St, Sunday 22nd April

We will have a stall at this event where there will be lots of fun games for children to win prizes and money!

3km Sponsored Fun Run - Sunday 29th April 11am

3kms sponsored fun run for all children and levels – certificate for all who complete and money raised will go towards the playground project for the park. You can download the sponsorship form here.

May 2018

Work Party - Thursday 10th May 9:30am

Meet at the drinking fountain, roughly 100 metres east of the Hereford Gardens entrance.

Breeze Women's Cycle Group

Free starter cycle rides for women

A qualified Ride Leader will offer free starter cycle rides for women, in and around Pinner Village Gardens, on Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30am during January and February 2018. Meet near the Rayners Lane entrance. For more details and info on how to sign up contact Veronica Chamberlain: veronica@eastendpinner.co.uk

Playground Plans

The Friends believe that our children deserve a better playground, so we are now hard at work fundraising and chasing grants to pay for new play equipment, picnic benches and fencing. You can take a look at some of the proposed ideas for equipment by clicking on this playground plans link.

How To Donate

Please support us with our fundraising efforts. We have a crowdfunder page which launched on the 2nd January 2018, the aim is to raise £4,000 by 28th February 2018 and if we manage this the funds will be matched by Harrow Council. Please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pinner-village-gardens-playground-improvement for more information and to donate. We also have a justgiving page, thanks to the generous support we have received so far we have exceeded our initial target of £1000 but you can still donate via just giving. Alternatively, visit our Members section for a list of other ways you can donate to us.

Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme

We are delighted that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our playground improvement project will be put to a customer vote in Tesco stores beginning 2nd January 2018 and finishing 28th February 2018. Our project along with two other projects will be up to a vote in Tesco stores. Customers will decide by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. The project with the highest votes will receive £4,000, second place £2,000 and third place £1,000.

Here are the Tesco stores taking part:

To vote, you make a purchase of any value. You get one token per transaction and you DO NOT need to buy a carrier bag. PLEASE ask for a token every time - as the cashier may forget! You can buy as little as you want, or purchase as many times as you want - each time you get a receipt you can ask for a green token and vote.

We would LOVE to get the top prize of £4000 - this would move us on to £5000 by March 2018. Please do support us as much as you can!

We're happy to hear from you

You can also contact us by telephone on 03303 558 866.