There was a healthy turnout for the first FOWP AGM, which took place at the Christ the King Hall in Arthur Road on 21 March.

Nick Steiner was formally elected as chairman, Martin Sumpton as vice chairman and Ivan Scott as treasurer. Members of the executive committee were also elected. A full list can be seen here.

Nick presented his annual report, which recorded the encouraging progress made on many fronts: the growing consensus that action needs to be taken to restore the lake; the proposal by the Wimbledon Club for a national standard hockey pitch in the athletics stadium; and the project to create a wet woodland habitat in the area of Horseclose Wood where the National Grid carried out its work some years ago.

Local ornithological expert Dave Dawson also spoke about his 30-year study of bird populations in the park, which is a fantastic resource for local people and schools. You can see the survey here.

Further updates on all these initiatives will follow soon.

Membership secretary Janet Mullane was on hand to sign up those who hadn’t yet had a chance to join, while Jackie Reiss made sure everyone knew about FOWP’s latest digital marketing efforts: the new website, a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FriendsofWimbledonPark and a Twitter account @FoWPsw19. Please do check them out and post your views, so that we can continue to build the groundswell of support that we need.

The evening ended with wine and nibbles, and the chance for people to chat about future projects. All in all, a very successful conclusion to FOWP’s first year