Canbury Gardens is the park at the heart of the CARA area. The park and the facilities within it are popular and well used by local residents and visitors. The facilities include a small children’s play area, a bandstand which has a concert each Sunday in the summer, the Canbury Secret café (April to December), picnic tables, the Boaters Inn, anglers fishing along the riverbank, open areas for informal games, a multi-pupose all-weather sports pitch and - for more formal sports - public tennis courts, a tennis club (Kingston Riverside Club) and Kingston Rowing Club.
For gardening enthusiasts there is Canbury Community Garden in the former gardeners’ yard, and there is Canbury Pavilion, a community resource which you can use for parties or to host a regular class or gathering.
Canbury Gardens is Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) which gives it some protection.
Canbury Gardens Working Party
A CARA representative sits on Canbury Gardens Working Party, which considers how the Gardens are maintained and major improvement projects.
From time to time CARA organises events and projects to enhance Canbury Gardens, such as bulb planting or litter-picking. CARA has links to other groups that seek to protect and enhance green spaces.
TLS have been organising and managing projects along the Thames for over 20 years. The TLS Coordinator liaiases with Canbury Gardens Working Party. TLS manage regular Scrub Cutting along the riverbank through Canbury Gardens and on towards Richmond, when funding is available. A TLS project was responsible for the information display about testing Sopwith float-planes on the river beside Canbury Gardens. It stands just inside the north entrance to the gardens.
CARA has worked with the TLS for many years, and has a representative on their Community Advisory Group.