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Wimbledon Park Heritage Group

Protecting Wimbledon Park for Posterity

Patron: The Right Honourable Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL
Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the London Borough of Merton

WPHG was formed in 1992 to raise awareness of the beauty of this Capability Brown landscaped park and to help protect it for posterity from development that may be detrimental to this unique space.

Wimbledon Park is one of the most important London parks south of the river Thames. As Merton Council note, "Wimbledon Park is South London’s best kept secret!" A product of the last ice age, this beautiful valley was transformed in the 18th century by the most famous of all English landscape architects, Capability Brown. The views, the lake, the grassy lawns, the ancient oaks, all have the mark of this master of landscape. That we still have so much of Capability Brown’s creation is quite remarkable in itself. The WPHG hopes to keep it as it is today, in the face of mounting urban pressure.

Today, the park provides an almost perfect balance between the open space of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club and the public play areas within Merton Council’s section of the park. The Wimbledon Club provides more open space via its cricket ground. Wimbledon Park is the perfect buffer for the high concentration of buildings and tennis facilities located within the All England Lawn Tennis Club, located just across Church Road from the park.

WPHG provides a forum that is focused on just Wimbledon Park. Our committee members comprise local residents who live around the park, the four clubs and the two local authorities which are involved in and around the park.

To date, WPHG has established a twelve stage Heritage Trail that follows the borders of the valley and tells the history of the park. Within the public area of the park, WPHG continues to work with the London Borough of Merton in an effort to improve facilities and to retain the high standard of care and maintenance that the park deserves. The total amount that the Heritage Group has raised for projects now exceeds 300,000 and has included the creation of the Elisabeth Pool, the replacement of the gates and the creation of the Waterfall Garden. 

So, do come to Wimbledon Park and enjoy what's on offer. Twenty first class tennis courts, first class boating and sail training centre, first class athletics, first class bowling green, first class football pitches and a kid's play area that is second to none in South London. Plus some of the nicest spots to just relax and leave you to wonder how all of this green and pleasant space can be found so close to a world city centre.

All we ask of you is to please help keep Wimbledon Park tidy by looking after your own litter and hopefully picking up some litter that didn't quite make it to the bins.