Picnic in the park

A celebratory picnic was held with around 100 people at the beginning of May at the official opening of Morley Park in West Wimbledon.

The new 12.5 acres of public parkland, which previously formed part of the private Atkinson Morley Hospital estate, is found between Copse Hill and Cottenham Park Road.

The green space, acquired by property developer Berkeley Group as part of the Wimbledon Hill Park scheme, has now been taken over by Merton Council to become a public open space.

The park offers woodland and meadow areas, as well as playing fields and a pavilion, which have already been used by pupils at Ursuline High School.

Merton mayor, Councillor Mary Curtin, said it was “wonderful” to see the public enjoying the new park at the special event. She added: “We are delighted to be able to take on the custodianship for this park to ensure all our residents can enjoy its attractions, including the meadow and woodlands.

“We are particularly pleased that this park also provides fantastic sporting facilities for the pupils at Ursuline High School.”

Paul Vallone, divisional managing director of Berkeley St Edward, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be part of such a vibrant and welcoming community; the picnic in the park event was a fun way to mark the occasion and truly illustrated the spirit of this new space, which we hope all of the neighbourhood will continue to enjoy in the years to come.”

The final phase of new homes at the Wimbledon Hill Park development, The Mansions, is set to launch later this year. To learn more about the project visit www.the-mansions.co.uk

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