Residents of the High Path estate in Wimbledon were praised for their community spirit at the official opening of their new garden.
The innovatively designed community garden was declared open when the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly planted a small tree on Saturday September 25.
“Its wonderful to see such a lovely green area where local residents can sit out and enjoy the sunshine,” explained the Mayor. “It’s great that so many agencies have come together and raised the necessary funds for this project to happen.”
The garden was the brainchild of the residents of High Path and came about after a joint project between Merton Council, Groundwork Merton, Barclays Bank, the Merton Partnership Against Crime and the police.
Saturday’s opening was the first stage and it is hoped £30,000 funding will be forthcoming from the government’s Living Spaces programme to extend the garden further still.
Merton’s Estate Services Manager, Glenn Burnell explained.
“I am delighted that so many people have supported this initiative. I would like to thank the High Path Residents Association and all the local residents who have given up so much of their time to see this garden become reality. I feel very confident that we will achieve the necessary funding to go ahead with the second phase of this project and I am hopeful this will take place early next year.”
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