Gardening work is by its nature, ongoing across the year with activity dependent on season and weather. We develop and maintain many green spaces across Colliers Wood:

Colliers Wood Recreation Ground

Situated to the east of Colliers Wood High Street, is Colliers Wood Recreation Ground. ‘The Rec’ as it is known locally is the centre of much community activity and we are very proud of its green flag status. As well as home to trees, herbaceous borders and flower beds, the 3 hectare green space features a children’s playground, a summer paddling pool, tennis courts and a football pitch used by the local little league and dog walking groups. Although management is outsourced to idverde, (the contractors appointed by Merton Council in 2017) The Friends Group takes an activity role in maintenance and development of several green spaces. Recent activity has been the planting of apple and fig trees, the installation of a mud kitchen play area for children, the planting and upkeep of the memorial garden including a central ornamental bed of flowers, shrubs and Hawthorn trees. We planted summer flowers with children from a local nursery to celebrate World Earth Day on 22 April 2021. The group also maintain the 4 planters at Cavendish Road and Singlegate entrances.

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Allium in the central bed in Colliers Wood Recreation Ground Memorial Garden
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Colliers Wood Recreation Ground trees in June
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Mixed trees and shrubs in the borders of Colliers Wood Recreation Ground
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View across Colliers Wood Recreation Ground in June

High Street Planters & Flower Beds

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  • 5 planters on Christchurch Road outside Venus, Colliers Wood Tube Station and eddisonwhite
  • 3 planters opposite tube station adjacent to CJames/Charles Holden/Traffic Lights
  • The long bed on the High Street, outside the Nursery/Johmard Centre
  • 2 planters in Acre Road
  • 7 flower beds and planters in Baltic Close adjacent to the Charles Holden Pub
  • The 3 large beds between Tesco and Byegrove Road

Wandle Park

Within Wandle Park to the west of the High Street we have built a natural wooded area just inside the Baltic Close entrance to encourage wildlife habitats. We are also looking forward to working with South East Rivers Trust (SERT)  in the clean-up of the River Wandle and the management of Invasive species.

Other Local Activity

The Friends Group are also active with other local projects; The planting of shrubs in a neglected grass verge at the junction of Singleton Close and Robinson Road whilst a cut-through between Myrna Close and Devonshire Road has been completely transformed with lots of planted shrubs and flowers plus a growing collection stones painted and left by local children. The cut-through also contains the first local book-swap cupboard. 

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‘Colliers Wood Rocks’ one of the many brightly painted stones laid by local children in Myrna Close / Devonshire Road cut-through
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Creating a bed with shrubs and flowers in Singleton Close

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The cut-through from Myrna Close to Devonshire Road is now full of wild and summer flowers
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The cut-through from Myrna Close to Devonshire Road is also home to the 1st Colliers Wood Book-Swap Cupboard

Tree Bed Planting

Many local residents worked with the Friends Group for the tree base planting project which was initiated and sponsored by eddisonwhite A number of roads across Colliers Wood have been planted up so far including Cavendish, Clarendon and College Roads and Colwood Gardens. Tree base planting is also one of the initiatives of Merton Climate Action group and tying up these 2 projects has been of great benefit to the local community and environment.

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Planting in Tree Bases along Clarendon Road
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Planting in Tree Bases along Colwood Gardens
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Planting in Tree Bases along Cavendish Road

To join our Gardening Volunteers, please visit our Volunteering Page here