The name Canley is Anglo-Saxon meaning Canna's Clearing. One feature of the area is the attractive deep lane which leads down to the pond. Its age is estimated at over 1,000 years and local historian Mary Montes maintains the lane was worn to its present depth by the passage of farm vehicles over this time. The Milk Bar, although not used as such for some years, has left generations of Coventrians with many happy memories. For a long period Mrs Stokes offered homemade ice-creams made from her goats' milk.

A History Trail Leaflet is available detailing the history of the Ford and the local area.

For further details please contact: Mrs J Thompson 024 7667 7775.


Fencing has now been erected in the woods south of Canley Ford, but fortunately not at the edge of the woods but closer to the golf course. This has stopped it being so intrusive to the natural area.

Working parties have now been discontinued until early next year, but below are photos of recent recruits, and yes, we do sometimes have good weather.

Oliver and Rosie Sumner, recent recruits helping to build a wood pile in the Wildflower Meadow New recruits

The issue of grazing on the meadows is still being considered, cows being thought to be the best option. John Rawlings, a local farmer, is interested in bringing his small herd of cows into the meadows for a few weeks over the winter. One problem with this is that cows require up to 10 gallons of water daily - and there is no mains water in the meadow. If anyone has any suggestions regarding this please contact us.

Working parties:
No working parties until February 2003.

Last updated: 27 December 2002

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