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Tennis Courts

WERA secured a grant of £93,000, equally funded by London Marathon Fund and Viridor Credit Environmental Company, to renovate the disused tennis courts.

Work on the reconstruction of the disused tennis courts started during the first week of September 2009 and was completed in November 2009. Merton Council undertook the project management.

The three new courts remain open throughout the year and are free to use. In order to compensate for the vegetation loss 200 tree whips were planted just behind the courts.

Stephen Hammond – MP for Wimbledon, officially opened the new tennis courts.

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In 2010 a team of volunteers organised by WERA planted the area behind the tennis courts with young trees. Over the following years areas around the courts became very overgrown. In 2018 a Community Payback team started cutting back the brambles, clearing abandoned camping gear and other accumulated rubbish, removing dead trees and adding several truckloads of wood chips in a thick layer around the courts to supress weeds.

 

Large amounts of rubbish was collected and taken away as well as a lot cut vegatation. Branches were left onsite in the form of a dry hedge which provides a natural habitat for wildlife. After hundreds of hours of work the tennis courts and surrounding area are finally back in good condition.

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