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Cherry Wood Merton

Summary

Cherry Wood is a remnant of old woodland that once covered a larger area but was eventually built over by residential development. In 1837 it is shown on the Tithe Map as Great Wood, and, now surrounded by 1930s suburban housing, it is dominated by pedunculate oak trees. Until 1990 it was neglected and used as a dump, but work to enhance it was then undertaken by LB Merton and Cherry Wood was established as a nature reserve in 2000.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Cherry Wood Open Space

Site location:
Northernhay Walk/Shaldon Drive

Postcode:
SM4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Merton

Site ownership:
LB Merton

Site management:
Leisure and Culture Services; Friends of Cherry Wood

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Morden (Northern) then bus. Rail: South Merton/Morden South. Bus: 163.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. http://www.merton.gov.uk/environment/openspaces/naturereserves

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ243680

Size in hectares:
1.65

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:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Nature Reserve. Public Open Space

Fuller information

The origin of the name is not known; Anglo-Saxon derivations for 'Cherry' can signify a family name or mean a church. An isolated fragment of former woodland is in the grounds of Hillcross Middle School, used as a nature study area. The Friends of Cherry Wood was set up in 1992 and the group has been active in preserving the woodland; work has included planting native trees and shrubs, installing nesting boxes and clearing bramble.

Sources consulted:

Ian Yarham, Dave Dawson, Martin Boyle, Rebecca Holliday 'Nature Conservation in Merton, Ecology Handbook 29', London Ecology Unit, 1998, p85; P Guest for LB Merton 'Cherry Wood Management Plan' (1998)

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