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Young Trees Need Water


A message from Tree Warden Group Merton and Friends of the Earth Merton:


Please water young trees in the streets near your home to help them survive during the drought. A bucket of water poured down the black pipe next to a young tree and around the trunk once a week should do the trick and washing-up water will do.


Many thanks and enjoy the shade in the years to come.


Tree Warden Group Merton

Friends of the Earth Merton

The Society

A charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Merton Park's Area of Benefit.  

As one of first garden suburbs we exist to encourage high standards of appropriate

building design, and to foster environmental, social and community values as

envisioned by founder John Innes.

Sow and Grow



Keep Growing !

Click here for lots of information on how to Sow and Grow. 

Autumn  Plant and Produce Sale

Saturday, 3 October 10:30am to 12:30pm

The John Innes Society Autumn Plant and Produce Sale is at The Coach House, Melrose Road and other local venues (details to be advised) on Saturday 3 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


We shall be selling bulbs, autumn/winter bedding plants, perennials and shrubs, garden produce and jams and chutneys. Compost (80L bags at 3 bags for £10 or £4 per bag) will also be available but must be collected from the Coach House and pre-ordered (please email to place your order).


We are not able to offer coffee and cakes at the Coach House but we will have a cake stall selling home-made bakes.

We appreciate contributions, so please think of the sale when you are dividing plants and picking your fruit and vegetables or making jams and chutneys. Clearly labelled donations can be left at 21 Poplar Road in the week before the sale or taken to The Coach House on Friday 2 October between 2.00 - 3.0pm. 


If you can donate plants/produce or cakes for the cake stall or if you can help on the day, please contact Ann Redfearn ( or 020 8286 9983).


For information on how to make payments please click here


Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre

Important Message

About Planning White Paper

Major changes to the planning system

The Government is consulting on major changes to the planning system in England.

In its White Paper Planning for the future, the Government describes what it sees as the flaws of the current planning system and sets out radical proposals for reform.

At this stage, the ideas in the White Paper are merely proposals. But if introduced by subsequent legislation, these changes would have a major impact on planning, land use and development in Wimbledon.

In our view, the overall effect of the changes would be to diminish the role of local residents and their elected representatives in planning matters.

For example, developers would no longer require planning permission for specific developments, provided their plans conformed to previously agreed broad principles.

We have shared our concerns about these proposals with Stephen Hammond MP, who will be raising them with relevant Ministers.

The attached briefing note gives you more detail on the main points in the White Paper and our reaction.

Please respond directly to the consultation via the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website:

or by email to:

Please also copy us in on your comments at:

Kind regards,
Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre

Open Gardens 

We couldn't hold our Open Gardens Day, but we thought you might like to see some pictures of local gardens.

Click here to see some Merton Park gardens

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Merton Park

conservation area


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