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Clarion Trees Project

cleaning up Merton's air one tree at a time

Digging deep for cleaner air in Merton.

Sustainable Merton is working in partnership with Clarion Housing to create a nursery of saplings at Morden Recreation Ground as preparations get under way for the delivery of Clarion's Merton Regeneration Project. 

To build new homes, it is necessary to remove some of the trees on High Path Eastfields and Ravensbury estates. The nursery will house the various phases of the replacement trees that will be eventually replanted on these estates. This project will enable the new trees to establish here in the borough and have an effect on cleaning the air far sooner than if planted on completion of the regeneration.


The full scope of the project will see Sustainable Merton tending of the trees in their phases over a ten year period.

Trees help to reduce levels of air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They cool the air around them and provide habitats for a range of creatures.

The first trees are planted...

On Saturday 14th April 2018, a group of Sustainable Merton Champions, along with Tim Sargeant from Clarion Housing, set about planting a variety of small trees along the boundary edge of the tree nursery.


It was a perfect day for planting - the soil was damp, the sun was shining, and lots of passers by were very interested in what was going on. After a hard days work, holes had been dug, the soil was fertilised and around 250 young trees were planted.


Just a couple of weeks later, we were joined by children from Merton Abbey Primary School to help finish the job - and what a great job they did!

The children loved taking part in the tree planting and it was a great opportunity for them to learn about how we can improve our environment. This activity – along with our previous High Path Regeneration Weeks – has helped the children to play an active role in the development of their local community.

Michael Bradley - Headteacher, Merton Abbey Primary School

Get involved!

Are you passionate about fighting for cleaner air in Merton?

Do you want to take practical action to reduce air pollution in Merton?

We are looking for local Champions to help with planting and taking care of the tree nursery through ongoing maintenance to keep the site clear of litter, mow the grass and water the whips as necessary. All you need is a little enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in!

Many hands make light work, and by working together we can clean up Merton's air.

Getting back to nature...

"Having the opportunity to be part of the tree planting team at Merton Rec as part of our new project with Clarion Housing to clean up Merton’s air was a definite “it’s a yes from me!”

Diana Sterck, CEO


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