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News Update


New anti-ball netting has finally been installed to protect houses closest to the playing field.

A dead tree was removed from the alley beside the pub, but debris remains. Councillor Braithwaite is in contact with Merton Council about getting it cleared.

Willmore End is looking significantly better after Veolia cleared weeds from most pavements and a community payback team cleared the cobbled area at the entrance to the estate.

Community payback teams are continuing to work in Abbey rec and the Merton Park Green Walks every Monday in order to keep our local green space clean and safe, and attractive to both humans and wildlife. These efforts should ensure that our Green Flag status is retained following the annual inspection in June.

Another impressive display of flowers from approximately 100,000 mixed bulbs is beginning in Abbey recreation ground!

A further 250 new trees were planted in December 2023 following the 300 planted the previous year. These trees form part of a hedge that has been several years in the making.

The seasonal pond opposite the entrance to the tennis courts has attracted both wildlife and the attention of passers-by. A new wooden fence will be constructed to deter both small children and dogs from entering the water. During the past century, nearly 70 percent of ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning such ponds play an increasingly important role for wildlife.


Approximately 20 people attended the WERA AGM at the Prince of Wales pub on Tuesday 14th November. Cllr John Braithwaite was the guest speaker, who told us about his ongoing efforts to get Merton Council and their contractors to carry out regular cleaning and weeding of Willmore End. John was thanked for his help in getting Willmore End resurfaced. There was an update regarding our continuing success in Abbey recreation ground and the Green Walks. A 'soapbox' question was asked about inconsiderate parking in front of garages, and what may be done about it. Abdul Latif retired as chairman after 17 years. Keith Hunter was appointed in his place and two new committee members - Kate Oboussier and Sushant Lall - were elected.


















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