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Beverley Meads and Fishpond Wood Merton

Summary

Beverley Meads is in the south-west corner of Wimbledon Common and was once part of Warren Farm. The land borders the Royal Wimbledon Golf Course and was acquired by Wimbledon Borough Council in the 1950s. It was laid out for a pitch and putt course in the 1970s, but was established as a local nature reserve in 1993. Paths run through the woodland and to the north is Fishpond Wood, managed by the London Wildlife Trust.

Basic Details

Site location:
off Beverley Avenue, Barham Road

Postcode:
SW20 0ET ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):
1950s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Merton

Site ownership:
LB Merton

Site management:
Leisure and Culture Services/London Wildlife Trust

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Car park

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Raynes Park then bus. Bus: 57, 200, 265.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.wildlondon.org.uk; www.merton.gov.uk/environment/openspaces/naturereserves.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ217709

Size in hectares:
15.16

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan (part of Wimbledon Common)

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone (part)

Other LA designation:
Local Nature Reserve. Public Open Space. Green Corridor

Fuller information

Beverley Meads was formerly part of the Abbey of Merton, which existed until the C16th. By the time it was acquired by Wimbledon Borough Council in the 1950s it was part of Warren Farm. Within Fishponds Wood are two ponds, possibly dating from medieval times, which may have been created to store water for a textile mill at Mill Corner on the Beverley Brook that burnt down c.1600. The woodland contains some trees of over 200 years old but is now largely scrub oak and overgrown fields used as grazing land. Not much is known about the old fishponds; the Council has rebuilt banks that drain the ponds.

Sources consulted:

Ian Yarham, Dave Dawson, Martin Boyle, Rebecca Holliday 'Nature Conservation in Merton, Ecology Handbook 29', London Ecology Unit, 1998; London Wildlife Trust 'Fishpond Wood & Beverley Meads Local Nature Reserve Management Plan 2001-2010' (2001)

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