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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

Can you help the Spring Plant Sale?


The Spring Plant sale on Saturday 8 May (10.00am to 12.30pm) will be spread across locations (to be advised) in a similar way to last year’s two successful events to ensure everyone’s safety.


Now is the time to get on with growing so that we have plenty of plants to sell. Can you dig up and pot on surplus plants, divide perennials, take cuttings from your garden or sow extra seeds - vegetable and herb plants as well as flowering plants. Please ensure your donations are clearly labelled so they can be identified.


We’d also appreciate donations of cakes. We won’t sell refreshments but visitors love to buy our homemade bakes.


We expect to be able visit the plant wholesaler and offer bought-in annuals in addition to donated plants.



  • Offers of front gardens with space to host a couple of tables

  • Donations of plants

  • Donations of cakes

  • Offers to help set up on 8 May

  • Help to sell on the day

  • Tidying at the end of the sale


Please let Ann Redfearn know how you can help:; 020 8286 9983.



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


Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 8pm

via Zoom and phone link.


Starting at 8pm, the postponed 2020 AGM followed by the 2021 AGM will be held by Zoom and ‘phone –  Please apply to or phone 020 8540 3087 for a link or phone number to attend the meetings. Only members whose subscriptions are paid up to date are entitled to vote.


Click here to see  the 2020 AGM Agenda, Annual Report  and Accounts.

Click here to see the 2021 AGM Agenda, Annual Report and Accounts

John Innes Park November 2020. Photo by Liz Brown

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Merton Park

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