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Horse Close Wood 2015 document

Horse Close Wood 2015 document Horse Close Wood lies at the northern edge of Wimbledon Park. It has been the subject of two previous management plans, each being written in response to a need for early decisions on proposed work there 2 , 3 . Read more... 20190327 - Dawson, D. 2015. Horse Close Wood [...]

2019-03-27T16:24:42+01:00March 27th, 2019|

Natural history notes – 22nd August 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 22nd August 2016:- Canada Geese, at 110 birds, were seen in high numbers for August, again suggesting no effect of the various attempted control methods. The other two species of goose also continue to be found in high numbers; many Greylags move out by August, so the 30 birds [...]

2017-06-20T15:58:28+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Celebrating a hero of the English landscape

On Saturday 13 August civic and sporting dignitaries joined more than a hundred local residents at Wimbledon Park to celebrate a hero of the English landscape. As part of a nationwide festival of events marking 300 years since the birth of famous designer, Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the Friends of Wimbledon Park organised a guided walk [...]

2016-08-22T21:30:01+01:00August 22nd, 2016|

Don’t sell our park short!

Merton Council’s public consultation on a masterplan for Wimbledon Park is fatally flawed. FOWP is calling for an extension of the consultation period, currently set to end on 22 August, which is peak holiday time. And we want the council to hold a public meeting, where concerned residents and park users can have the different [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00July 25th, 2016|

Capability Brown Tercentenary Celebration – Saturday 13 August 2016

Join the Friends of Wimbledon Park to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown – the landscape designer who created this well-loved Grade II* listed park. On Saturday 13 August from 2pm you are invited to accompany us on a walk around Wimbledon Park and the lake, with talks on the park’s [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00July 19th, 2016|

Public consultation on park’s future

Have your say on Merton Council’s masterplan for the future development of the park by taking part in its public consultation, which runs from 3 July to 22 August. You will be able to review the proposals drawn up by landscape architect LDA Design, two of which involve moving the athletics stadium to the area [...]

2016-07-14T00:04:10+01:00June 30th, 2016|

Natural history notes – 25th June 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 25th June 2016:- I delayed my count so that it fell within the time window for co-ordinated goose counts across the Wandle Valley as part of the background for understanding their numbers. The Canada Goose is flightless for two to three weeks at this time of year, when it’s [...]

2016-06-27T23:41:23+01:00June 27th, 2016|

Park to introduce parking charge

A parking meter is due to start operating in Wimbledon Park’s Revelstoke Road car park from September. It is one of five parks in Merton where the council is targeting commuters who deprive legitimate park users of parking spaces. Nick Steiner, chair of FOWP, welcomed the move. He said: “For years now we have been [...]

2016-06-16T16:58:20+01:00June 16th, 2016|

Wimbledon Park placed on ‘At Risk Register’ by Historic England

Wimbledon Park has been placed on Historic England’s At Risk Register. The organisation said the move was due to uncertainty about the park’s future; the impacts of divided ownership on landscape management; views of the original designed landscape being obscured; and the deteriorating condition of the lake. Historic England is the government’s statutory advisor on [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00June 8th, 2016|