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1971-2021 - Celebrating 50 Years of

The John Innes 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.


JIS Spring Plant Sale: Saturday 14th May

at 5A Sheridan Road - 10am to 12:30pm

At the Coach House
Bridge Club: Mondays at 7.30pm
Bridge Classes: Thursdays at 7.30pm
Coffee & Social Mornings: First Friday of the month. 11am - 1pm
(as from March 2022)


Friends of the John Innes Park Gardening Group: Second Friday of the month at
9am by the mulberry tree




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John Innes Park.  Photo by Ed Foley 2022



The date for your diaries is Saturday 14 May (10:00am - 12:30pm) for the annual Spring Plant Sale at 5A Sheridan Road. It’s the wide variety of interesting plants members contribute which makes this event such an important fundraiser for the Society. So please think about plants which will generate cuttings for propagation or benefit from dividing so that you can donate them.


If you are planting seeds or ordering and growing on plug plants, please plant a few extra and bring them along. We have great success selling unusual varieties of vegetables and herbs which are difficult to buy in garden centres. Please label donations so buyers know what they are getting.


We’ll also be selling annual bedding plants and some herbaceous plants bought in at wholesale prices, so make sure you check our stock before buying from expensive garden centres.


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

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Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre

Important Message

About Planning White Paper

John Innes Park.  Photo by Ed Foley 2022

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