Friends of Pinner Village Gardens

Working together to improve this beautiful park.

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About Pinner Village 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. You can become a life member by paying £50. 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. If you choose the £5 annual membership you can 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

Simon Braidman and Caroline Nathanson will be running more Junior Park rangers events in the park in October, November and December. These sessions start at 10.30am and all should meet at the drinking fountain. They are open to children aged 5 and above with their families/ parents/ carers and there will be a nominal charge of £3 to cover costs for art work and resources. Each child receives their own log book and for each completed activity they get a stamp in the book - 3 stamps = bronze badge and so on.

October 2018

Work Party - Saturday 6th October 9:30am - 12pm

For details on meeting point, tasks etc., please email friendsofpinnervillagegardens@gmail.com or phone 03303 558 866.

Junior Park Rangers Event - Saturday 13th October 10:30am

Planting Mouse eared hawkweed wildflowers and sowing wildflower seeds.

Junior Park Rangers Event - Tuesday 23rd October 10:30am

Hedgehog event - teaching people how to survey for hedgehogs, how to build hedgehog tunnels and showing how to bait them, record the results and who to send the results to. You will also learn what we can do to help hedgehogs and all about leaf litter for hedgehog hibernation.

November 2018

Work Party - Saturday 3rd November 9:30am - 12pm

For details on meeting point, tasks etc., please email friendsofpinnervillagegardens@gmail.com or phone 03303 558 866.

Junior Park Rangers Event - Saturday 17th November 10:30am

Leaf collection and using them to create artworks. You will also learn how to identify different leaves.

December 2018

Work Party - Saturday 1st December 9:30am - 12pm

For details on meeting point, tasks etc., please email friendsofpinnervillagegardens@gmail.com or phone 03303 558 866.

Junior Park Rangers Event - Saturday 1st December 10:30am

Planting 1 ft deciduous trees in the playground green and looking at trees and how to identify them. There will also be bulb planting - Winter Aconite, Snowdrop, and Crocus bulbs.

Guided tree walk for adults - Saturday 1st December 10:30am

Ever wanted to learn about the wonderful variety of trees in Pinner Village Gardens? Come along to our tree walk which will be guided by a tree expert. Meet at the Rayners Lane 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.

Harrow council placed an order for phase 1 of the project for three pieces of equipment: a basket swing, accessible to all rocker and a roundabout. The installation of this new equipment has now been completed. We have also installed new accessible picnic benches. We hope to raise the rest of the money required for phase 2 through various grants.

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.

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.

Summer Fair in Pinner Village Gardens

Despite the clash with England's world cup quarter final game the turn out was good and we raised approximately £600 to go towards the playground appeal. Thank you to all the volunteers and visitors who came and supported us.

We're happy to hear from you

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