Wandle Green Corridor
An emerging collaboration across boroughs to enhance the existing green corridor formed by the Wandle River and the Wandle Trail. The ambition is to create an inclusive, accessible and nature rich corridor for the benefit of people and nature.
There will be a number of projects that help achieve this ambition.
Merton Priory Wall and Pickle Park
With the support of the Greater London Authority, work has already begun on one of these projects, in the area known as Pickle Park. The park is named after Pickle Ditch, a small stream which comes off the River Wandle in Colliers Wood near Phipps Bridge and rejoins the Wandle underneath Merton Bridge.
The park covers 500 square metres, with the 12th century Merton Priory Precinct Wall running through it. We want to create a new riverside green space in this currently inaccessible area to provide access to the medieval wall and to a new, nature rich, green space.
Rangers and volunteers from nearby Morden Hall Park have cleared a huge jumble of brambles in this small park so that we can carry out the surveys necessary to design the park. This will follow an initial consultation with residents and local community organisations carried out in October-November 2022 to understand what people want from their local green spaces.
The careful restoration of the medieval wall is also underway, thanks to the support from the Heritage of London Trust, including public activities and events that celebrate and bring local history and archaeology to life.