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Beverley Meads and Fishpond Wood Merton

Beverley Meads and Fishpond Wood

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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.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: off Beverley Avenue, Barham Road
Postcode: SW20 0ET
Type of site: Public Open Land 
Date(s): 1950s
Listed structures:
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
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.;

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)
Grid ref: TQ217709
Size in hectares: 15.16
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
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

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