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The results of five years' work to restore a park have been hailed as "absolutely fabulous" by TV star June Whitfield, who opened its two revitalised drinking fountains.

The event, last Wednesday afternoon, marked the final phase in the revival of Wandle Park, Colliers Wood, by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork Merton with the John Feeney drinking fountain and Ashby and Fenwick drinking fountain restored to full working order.

It is the pinnacle of a five-year programme and June Whitfield, who lives in Merton, agreed to help the celebrations along by attending the launch.

Groundwork Merton has worked closely in partnership with Merton Council and the National Trust to sympathetically restore the fountains and park.

There has been extensive work, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, to re-naturalise the river and create reed beds to encourage wildlife.

New planting and a new boundary treatment of a brick wall with railings have all helped to raise the park to the status of a flagship site.

Groundwork Merton senior landscape architect Lindsay Self said there had been a good turnout from people involved in the project, members of Friends of Wandle Park and children from Garfield Primary School which had helped in the early stages.

She said June Whitfield had been interested in the project and had commented on how good the park looked.

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