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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. 

Spring  Plant  Sale

Saturday, 8 May
10:00am to 12:30pm

The Spring Plant sale is on at the following locations to ensure everyone’s safety:


The Coach House, Melrose Rd – donated perennials & annuals

6 Melrose Rd - bought-in annuals: geraniums

8 Melrose Rd - cakes & bakes

22 Melrose Rd - bought-in annuals

24 Melrose Rd - bought-in annuals

21 Melrose Rd - bought-in annuals

5a Sheridan Rd - tomatoes, beans, courgettes, herbs, hanging baskets

38 Sheridan Rd - cosmos, lychnis coronaria, campanula, linaria purpurea Canon Went. Perennials e.g. acanthus mollis, euphorbia. Cucumbers, courgettes, dwarf French beans, tomatoes

9 Stratton Road - annuals e.g. zinnias, lavatera, nicotiana. Perennials e.g. persicaria, rudbeckia

166 Dorset Rd - strawberry plants, rocket, mint, courgettes, dwarf French beans, runner beans, celeriac, sprouts, cucumbers. Fig saplings. Lavender

10 Kingswood Rd - dahlias, zinnias

2 Watery Lane - sisyrinchium striatum E K Balls, sweet violet, sedum spurium dragon's blood

5 Cleveland Avenue - tomatoes (cherry, beef, plum, stripy, Alicante), courgettes, cucumbers, red chillies, beans, peas, lettuce, herbs, spinach, leeks, carrots


You can download the poster here or a map of the locations here.


We encourage you to pay for your purchases online using your credit card, PayPal or a bank transfer. There will be limited cash facilities.


Please observe social distancing, stay 2 metres apart from people not in your household and only 4 people at a stall at a time.


We look forward to seeing you

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

John Innes Park November 2020. Photo by Liz Brown

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