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Green Flag Award

Following an inspection by a Green Flag Award judge last summer, Abbey Rec and the Merton Park Green Walks  received a glowing report and retained Green Flag status for another year. Our thanks to Merton's Green Spaces team, idverde, and the weekly Community Payback team for making this possible.

Abbey Rec Fence

A new split chestnut post and rail fence between Abbey Rec and the adjoining nature trail was installed at the end of last year, enhancing the area considerably.


Leaves and flowers from approximately 100,000 mixed bulbs that were planted in Abbey rec last year are beginning to appear. Look out for what we hope will be an impressive display!

Play Area

The safety flooring of the children's play area was upgraded in early 2023, financed with funds from Merton's Community Infrastructure Levy.

Seasonal Pond

The seasonal pond opposite the entrance to the tennis courts has been a great success, attracting both wildlife and the attention of passers-by. The lining materials were funded by a grant from the idverde Community Investment Fund. 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.


New Trees

WERA, together with the Community Payback team, planted a further 200 new trees in December 2022. These trees will form the next part of a hedge that has been in the making for several years. A further 100 trees were planted in February 2023.


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