What is the John Innes Society?
The John Innes Society was set up in 1971 as a voluntary amenity society and Registered Charity whose primary purpose is to preserve and enhance the special nature of the locality. It also seeks to foster social and community values among those fortunate to live in the neighbourhood.
Who was John Innes?
John Innes (1829 - 1904) was a businessman, property developer and benefactor - the "Squire of Merton" - who who lived in the old village of Merton and created Merton Park.
His vision and enlightened ideas resulted in the laying out of this garden suburb with tree-lined roads, fine houses in a variety of sizes and styles, and the holly hedges that are still a feature today.
His name has become famous through his bequest that founded the first horticultural research institute in the country.