The John Innes Park will be given a new lease of life, thanks to co-operation between Merton Council and the local community.
The John Innes Society, a charity dedicated to conservation in Merton Park, has received a grant of £18,000 from Living Spaces, an organization committed to improving public open spaces. Merton Leisure Services then increased the sum by another £15,000, meaning that the park can benefit from extensive improvements.
The project will be complete in time for early August when there will be a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of John Innes. By the summer, the pond and rock garden will have been restored, the rose pergola replaced, and the paths and toilets refurbished. In addition, a competition is being held with the Wimbledon School of Art to design a new fountain.
Davinia Miln, from the John Innes Society, said:
“This has been a real community-led project that will make a big difference to park users. We are really pleased that the council has worked with us in such a positive and supportive way.”