Special Coronation Picnic Party Newsletter

A special Coronation Picnic Party & dog show newsletter has been published by the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens to record this fun event as part of a historic weekend. 

What it cannot show you is the hours of planning by the volunteers that went into making it a success before and after the event. The party is not over until the clearing-up is done.

There are lots of photos – you may see yourself or your dog – but we cannot include everyone.  
It was a great surprise that King’s representative for Greater London Deputy Lieutenant  Simon Ovens attended to deliver a message from King Charles III, and accompanied the then Mayor of Harrow Councillor Janet Mote.

Hereford Gardens Entrance Vitalisation

Visitors to Pinner Village Gardens will be familiar with the work conducted by the Friends and their volunteers to make the entrances to the park as welcoming as possible. This has seen overhauls of the planting and layouts at the Whittington Way, Rayners Lane/Marsh Road and the Compton Rise entrances. However, there is an as-yet untouched entrance, which leads from Hereford Gardens into the park next to the tennis courts adjacent to the playground.

An overhaul of the Hereford Gardens entrance has been proposed, and we would like to hear your feedback. So please take a look at the designs below, and let us know by responding via this form.

Hereford Gate Proposal

Concept: Plants with fragrance for people, and plants suited to bees and other pollinators to benefit all.


  • To provide a fragrant welcome and interest all year but with particular winter highlights
  • To add some new plant species for added interest for people and insects
  • The plants chosen need for low or little management and are suited to the site conditions.
  • To be achievable by FoPVG volunteers

The areas under consideration today to some 140 –190 square metres and their dimensions are:

  • Hereford Gate entrance way South facing side 26m x 1.5m continuing to:
  • Border of Tennis Court South 30m x 3m
  • Hereford Gate entrance way North facing side 26m x 1.5m
  • Around PVG Sign at start of Hereford Green 3m x 4m
  • Stickman Point at Hereford Green 5m x 2m approx.

Additional planting under the trees immediately to the right in the park after entering, and around the adjacent bench, will be considered at a later stage.

A layout of planting near the hereford gardens entrance
Proposed planting at the Hereford Gate area
A layout of planting near the hereford gardens entrance
Proposed planting south of the tennis courts
A layout of planting near the hereford gardens entrance
Proposed planting on Hereford Green (immediately to the right in the park after entering via Hereford Gardens)

These plans will see the relocation of two existing Amelanchier trees and the addition of the following:


  • Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ x 2
  • Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’ x 2
  • Chaenomeles x superba ‘Jet Trail’ x 1
  • Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ x 1
  • Choisya ternata x 2
  • Hebe ‘Great Orme’ x 2
  • Hypericum × hidcoteense ‘Hidcote’ x 3
  • Mahonia aquifolium ‘Apollo’ x 9
  • Osmanthus delavayii x 1
  • Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ x 9
  • Skimma japonica ‘Rubella’ x 10
  • Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ x 12
  • Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’ x 2
  • Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’ x 2


  • Asplenium scolopendrium (evergreen fern) x 9
  • Polystichum setiferum (evergreen fern) Plumosomultilobum Group x 12

Groundcover (multiples of all):

  • Ajuga reptans ‘Atropurpurea’ 
  • Asarum europaeum
  • Heuchera
  • Liriope muscari ‘Royal Purple’ or ‘Big Blue’
  • Petasites fragrans
  • Vinca major (relocated)
  • Vinca minor (relocated)

Hardy Perennials & Bienuals:

  • Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ x 9
  • Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’ x 9
  • Astrantia major x 4
  • Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora ‘Solfatare’ x 1
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer x 2
  • Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove) (multiples)
  • Geranium – hardy pink (relocated) x 5 approx

Bulbs (autumn planting for spring flowering):

  • Leucojem aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ x 100
  • Camassia leichtlinii Careulea group x 100
  • Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ x 1,000
  • Muscari armeniacum x 1,000
  • Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ x 200