Clarion Housing, PRP and Sustainable Merton were joined by staff from Metro Bank in Wimbledon for a day of tree planting at Morden Recreation Ground.
On Thursday 4 October 14 young trees were planted in Morden Recreational Park on Faversham Road. The trees will remain there to mature over the next few years before being replanted on High Path to create a healthy natural environment for the regenerated neighbourhood.
High Path in South Wimbledon, along with Ravensbury and Eastfields in Mitcham form Clarion Housing’s Merton Regeneration Project. The landscape approach to regeneration is based on wanting to create new places where people want to live, play and visit.
Tim Sargeant, Head of Merton Regeneration at Clarion, said: “This enhancement of the local ecology forms part of our £1bn investment in Merton. Over the next 12 years we aim to build 2,800 new energy-efficient homes on High Path, Eastfields and Ravensbury as well as creating two new parks and planting hundreds of trees.
“It was very encouraging to see local people and businesses give their time and come together for a worthwhile cause. The day was a real community effort, with the timber and nails being donated free of charge by Champion Timber. Everyone’s huge effort will contribute towards beautiful landscaped streets for all to enjoy.”
Diana Sterck, Interim CEO of Sustainable Merton, said: "We are so pleased to be involved in a project that involves volunteers and involvement from both local people and businesses. Planting trees that we know will bring long term benefits to our borough was a privilege".
Angeli Ganoo-Fletcher, Director of PRP Landscape, said: “Trees bring real benefits to our surroundings, our cities and our health and wellbeing. We are delighted to be part of this fantastic project and to see how many volunteers have come together to help achieve the planting of trees for the neighbourhood to enjoy.”
In March 2018 Merton Council approved plans for around 2,800 new homes across High Path, Eastfields and Ravensbury. Clarion Housing’s Merton Regeneration Project aims to enhance the community by building 100% lifetime homes, retaining all affordable homes and providing space for new start ups. Construction on the first new homes will begin in early 2019.