Take a stroll along Merton Park Green Walks
An overgrown area just 10 minutes from central Wimbledon is being transformed into a wildlife haven.
Merton Park Green Walks has been made possible thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Lottery Fund and a £1,050 donation from Segro, owners of the adjoining Nelson Trade Park.
It is a path which was once part of the Tooting to Merton railway line. It runs from Morden Road to Merton Park tram station where parts of the old railway platform can still be seen.
Residents from the Willmore End Residents Association (WERA) and volunteers from Richmond University and the local environmentalist company, Microbee, worked to clear rubbish and old building materials before building a seasonal pond and laying wildflower turf to attract bees and butterflies. The pond is designed to support a whole range of wildlife.
Around 40 bird, bat, hedgehog and bee boxes have been placed along the path, some of which have already been occupied. Part of the footpath has been re-laid at the Morden Road end and signs have been erected.
In acknowledgement of the huge influence that John Innes had on Merton, a number of Merton Glory Cherry trees have been planted in addition to other native species.
It is hoped additional funds can be raised by WERA to further improve this community asset. WERA is advised by Doctor David Channon of Microbee and supported by Merton council.
June 26, 2012