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

June 2018

Work Party - Thursday 7th June 9:30am

Meet at the Compton Rise beds, next to the Compton Rise entrance.

July 2018

Work Party - Thursday 5th July 9:30am

Meet at the Compton Rise beds, next to the Compton Rise entrance.

Summer Fair - Saturday 7th July 12pm - 4pm

This will be opened by the Mayor of Harrow and we will have fairground rides for children, food kiosks and 18 stalls featuring games and activities for children plus live music.

August 2018

Work Party - Thursday 2nd August 9:30am

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

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. Through a series of events and other fundraising methods we have so far managed to raise over £13,000, but we still have a lot more to raise.

How To Donate

We 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.

Waitrose Northwood

The playground appeal for the park is going to be one of the 3 charities in the green token scheme at Waitrose in Northwood during the month of May. As with the Tesco scheme, any customer can vote after purchasing items in store, by posting a green token in the “Community Matters” boxes in the branch. At the end of the month, Waitrose will donate a proportion of £500 to us, based on the proportion of votes customers cast. So, if you are out and about near Waitrose in Northwood during May, please do seek out the box (next to the lifts) and vote for the playground appeal.

Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme

The playground improvement project has won the Tesco Bags for Life scheme which means we received £4000 from Tesco! Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

Fundraising in Morrisons, Hatch End on Sunday 10th June

We will be collecting donations in Morrisons Hatch End on the 10th June for the playground project.

Summer Fair in Pinner Village Gardens

The next and most major fundraising event for the project will take place in the playground and in the park on the 7th July 12-4pm. This will be opened by the Mayor of Harrow and we will have fairground rides for children, food kiosks and 18 stalls featuring games and activities for children plus live music. Please come along and support us in this event.

We're happy to hear from you

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