Come stargazing with Dr David Arditti of the British Astronomical Association, Mr Paul Skidmore & the BoxtreeParkFriends. View our beautiful night sky, the planets, the stars, the satellites and maybe even the International Space Station! Wrap up in warm clothes and bring your torches and binoculars. We will provide the hot chocolate! This event is completely FREE. All welcome! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Venue: Harrow Weald Recreation Ground, High Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 6EL. Enter the park via the Weighton Road gate. (Weighton Road is opposite the Iceland store in the High Road). There is free parking in the park.
NB: This event is weather dependent - it won’t go ahead if it’s too cloudy or wet. If in doubt, please check our Facebook page before you leave home: BoxtreeParkFriends.
We are the BoxtreeParkFriends. We are based in Harrow Weald Recreation Ground, the lovely park facing the High Road.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE PARKLIFE CAFE OR THE FRIENDS OF HARROW WEALD (charity).
We are a group of local residents, all volunteers. Our aim is to improve our park and the surrounding area, to make new friends and to enjoy leisure time in a lovely green open space.
We do this by working together - gardening, planting bulbs, shrubs and trees, carrying out small repair jobs, litter picking, emptying the bins, locking the gates, and running lots of community events. The work that our members do in the park has made it a cleaner, safer place.
Our annual programme of events (in and around the park) include open air theatre and film shows, the Harrow Weald Festival, live music (bands), art exhibitions and fun horticultural shows, stargazing, bat walks, health days, barn dancing, old time music hall, murder mystery nights, and regular supper quizzes. These are just a few examples of our varied programme. Most of our events are free or we charge a very small ticket price just to offset our costs. We have a regular book club and tai chi sessions and we work with a network of local community groups to join in with their events, such as race nights and bingo. Other annual events include our Harvest Festival celebration, Christmas Carols in the park and the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying at our park’s War Memorial.
We attend local police consultative meetings and we are a member of the Harrow Parks Forum. We have monthly group meetings which are open to the public and all are welcome. Our AGM is in January each year. All of these things are advertised on this website, our Facebook page (BoxtreeParkFriends), on posters and banners in and around the park and via our mailing list.
We have many ongoing projects, such as London In Bloom (we won Gold in 2021) and the “I Dig Trees” scheme where we asked people to take saplings and grow them on for 18 months so that we could plant more robust trees in our park. We had an amazing response and distributed 950 saplings in Harrow and surrounding boroughs! Each autumn we collect surplus apples from local people and we turn them into lovely organic apple juice. ALL the money we raise from the sale of our juice goes directly towards our events and projects in the park.
We work with local guides, brownies and beaver groups who join us for litter picking sessions and with Harrow Connex.
Local people and businesses support our work by donating raffle prizes and funds to help us carry out our work and we liaise closely with the local authority to ensure that our park is well maintained and as good as it can be.
We'd love you to join our community; head over to our Contact page for all the details to stay in touch and we look forward to seeing you soon.