About the Park
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 park is supported by the work of the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens.
The park was laid out in the 1920s, which was at the same time as the development of the nearby suburb and roads. It is unique in that it contains a medieval narrow rig ridge and furrow field in the south part of the park. This is a feature usually found on poorly drained soil where ploughing had been carried out for a relatively long period.
Harrow Borough Council intended to level the field in the mid-’80s to make it easier for them to cut the grass. An archaeological survey was carried out. This was to determine whether these features represented ridge and furrow or whether they were later drainage features. No field drains were found and the features were confirmed as a ridge and furrow. It is the nearest example to London, and the ridges can still be seen to this day.
About the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens
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. Further updates can be seen here.
Recently we have achieved…
- Over 225 Friends and more than 900 followers on our Facebook page
- £24k raised for the redevelopment of the “Pocket Park” near the pond, with new paths, seating and planting
- Six new pieces of playground equipment, as well as new benches and picnic tables inside the playground
- Redesign and replanting of the entrances of at Rayners Lane, Whittington Way and the raised bed at Compton Rise
- New benches were installed at the Everest Roundabout, the Rose Circle and throughout the park.
- Re-opening of the long-disused water fountain.
- A total of 24 new trees planting, thanks to donations from local residents
- New entrance sign at Whittington Way, as well as the installation of our first interpretation panel and a fingerpost sign
- Successful creation of a wildflower garden
- Creation of a mini-marsh area and bug zone, along with the installation of a bug hotel
- Snowdrop drift added and Crocus planting in 2021, with thanks to donations from Pinner Rotary
- Successful introduction of native bluebells in the Compton Copse Area with support from Harrow in LEAF
- Tree walks, nature sessions, Easter egg hunts, Geocache events and summer music events held