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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: September 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

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What's new?
- Michelle and the team share the joy of home grown food with Merton's little ones at Mitcham Shine Week...
 - We join forces with The Challenge for a busy action day at Phipps Bridge Community Garden...
-  Applications now open for an exciting Habitat Management Traineeship at Morden Hall Park! 
- Have your say on plans for a new and improved YMCA Wimbledon building...
- Meet our newest young Community Champion...
- Join your local Jumble Trail on Sunday 9th October!

What's On?  Sept: ** FRUIT DAY - SAT 17TH **
Wandle Fortnight (10-25th) // Beddington Farmlands Open Day (11th) // Mitcham Heritage Day (17th) // London Open House Weekend (17-18th) // Wandle Taster Day (24th) // Wandle Park Litter Pick (25th)

Above: Our proud gardeners at Mitcham Shine Week!

News & Info

Find out what we've been up to and keep up to date with sustainability issues in Merton...

 11am - 2pm, St Mark's Church Hall & Garden, SW19 7ND

Don't miss Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraiser and showcase of the great work they do in Merton. Come along to buy homemade jams, chutneys, fruit cakes and lovely fresh juice from the fruit press. Fun for all the family! Take part in the ‘Longest Peel’ competition, enjoy music from the International Ukelele Orchestra and lots more!
Mitcham Shine Week 2016
We were privileged to be a part of this summer's Mitcham Shine Week, coordinated by Kristina Burton (Mitcham Town Community Trust). 

The project, based at Bond Primary School, offers local children the chance to take part in a whole range of activities, from gardening to a dance masterclass! Nine members of our team, led by Michelle, worked with 50 local primary school children to teach them about diet, healthy foods, food preparation, gardening and bio-diversity.  

Find out more about what the children got up to during the week's cooking sessions and take a look at some of the highlights in our photo gallery HERE >>
"The children were as engaging as ever and got a lot out of our sessions with them" Tom Walsh - CEO, Sustainable Merton (pictured above)
NCS The Challenge Community Action Day!
Working with The Challenge is fast becoming a tradition for us and this year we had a busy day with them at Phipps Bridge Community Garden.
On what was a very hot day, the Challenge team (left) managed to transform our composting area, weed several beds and dig over two very tough areas of weedy grass.

We even had time to show them how to brew tea in our fantastic Kelly Kettles.
We are grateful to all the young volunteers we have worked with over the past four years and look forward to working with them again next year.'  - Tom Walsh
Habitat Management Traineeship
The National Trust are now offering work experience placements for 16 - 24 yr olds at Morden Hall Park, as part of the Green Academies Project.
The 12 week course - starting on the 19th September - will develop vital skills needed to help you get a paid apprenticeship or employment in conservation or horticulture. You will work alongside park rangers to learn about the practical management of a variety of habitats, hedgelaying, coppicing, plant identification and more! Find out more about this opportunity >>>
YMCA Wimbledon Consultation
Your views are needed to help develop plans for a new and improved YMCA Wimbledon building fit for future generations. 
YMCA Wimbledon has served the community for over 137 years but the building, built in the 1970′s, is in need of an upgrade. The aim is to deliver a more sustainable YMCA for Wimbledon, with improved facilities and an expanded range of children's services.

Please CLICK HERE to find out more about the plans and have your say to help shape the future of this important community hub.
Community Clean-Up: Wandle Park Litter Pick 
Sunday 25th September, 11am - 1pm

Merton Green Party have organised another litter pick to collect recyclable materials in Wandle Park. Meet at Colliers Wood tube station at 11am (or in the park after that).  
Enquiries: Tom Killick - / 07821 882380
Local volunteers with just some of the bags filled at last month's litter pick on 14th August 
Join your local Jumble Trail on Sunday 9th October!
Jumble Trail Champion for Wandsworth - Guy Dorrell, tells us more...
A Jumble Trail is a bit like a collective “yard sale” where lots of people in a small area of a neighbourhood bring their unwanted household items out into their front gardens on a particular day to sell to neighbours and visitors. The Jumble Trail web site publishes a map of all the households participating, so as a visitor, you can plan a route round as many as you can manage.

Usually there’s a small fee for each household participating but Wandsworth's first Jumble Trail is being sponsored by Recycle for London, so is free to join. Merton residents can also join in the fun by signing up to the Colliers Wood event.
Find out more about the community street sale scheme and how to take part here >>> 
o           Volunteer Bulletin         o
Dig Merton: Volunteers Needed!
When: Saturday 3rd September, 10am - 12pm
Where: Nelson Gardens, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. Contact: // 07772 999870   Twitter: @highpath
I'm a Community Champion!
"Hi, I'm Maame. Over the summer, I was given the fantastic opportunity to volunteer as a Community Champion with Sustainable MertonI had the chance to discover the area of Merton as well as make a difference to its environment.  I took part in a number of community action days and saw how full of life members of the charity and public were. I was glad to see local residents of all ages getting involved with the activities."
Find out more about Maame's first week as a Community Champion HERE >>>
"I also realised that a sense of togetherness and teamwork is necessary to promoting community development" - Maame (pictured, right, with Lucy - Fundraising Intern for Sustainable Merton)
     This project is led by Sustainable Merton in partnership with     
Advertising a volunteer position or job vacancy within the Green Sector? Please email to let us know and we will share these exciting opportunities with our volunteers!

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

 11am - 2pm, St Mark's Church Hall & Garden, SW19 7ND

Homemade jams and cakes, fresh apple juice, live music & more >>>

Wandle Fortnight
From 10th - 25th September, groups and organisations throughout the Wandle Valley will be showcasing the wide variety of activities and interests available on the doorstep. Find out more...

#PledgeAPicnic... Host a picnic beside the Wandle or in your garden to celebrate World Rivers Day on 25th Sept. Pledge via

Sunday 11th September

Beddington Farmlands Community Open Day

Guided tours @ 10am & 12pm. CLICK HERE for directions 

Join the Viridor Beddington team to explore the restored farmlands, operational landfill site, and energy recovery facility (ERF) construction project - which will safely transform non-recycled waste from the London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton into 26 MW of electricity! Find out more about the free tours HERE.
Enquiries:   To Book: Andrew Turner - 07500 338183

Saturday 17th September

Mitcham Heritage Day

10am - 4pm, Cricket Green, Mitcham CR4

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage have brought together a number of local organisations offering talks, exhibitions, and chances to see and try new things. More...

Sunday 18th September

London Open House Weekend
@ The South London Botanical Institute

1pm - 5pm, 323 Norwood Road SE2 9AQ

Visit the house and garden, including the library and herbarium collections, and learn more about  the founder of the institute while enjoying some delicious tea and cake. Enquiries:

Saturday 24th September

Wandle Taster Day

11am - 4pm, Rose Garden, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road SM4 5JD

Wandle Piscators & Green Academies Project are hosting a taster day for young people to find out more about local opportunities and activities available in the Wandle area. Sustainable Merton will be attending to engage with young visitors and encourage them to be a part of improving their neighbourhoods and environment.

Click HERE for events calendars & newsletters from local groups

If you have any news or events you would like us to share with our supporters, please contact Lizzie - our  Publicity & Communications intern via 

Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...

Nelson Gardens
Every first Saturday of the month, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. Enquiries: Cypren - / 07772 999870

Green Coffee
1st Tuesday of the month (usually), 9.30 - 11am, Wibbas Down Inn, 
6 Gladstone Road, Wimbledon SW19 1QT

Get together to discuss local environmental and community news. Everyone is welcome. Please check the date and venue of the next meeting and download the latest Green Coffee newsletter HERE.


Phipps Bridge Community Garden

Every Wednesday morning (weather dependent), 10am - 2pm (well deserved tea & cake break at 12.30pm)

Are you keen to get involved in community food growing in Merton? Join the Dig Merton team to enjoy the benefits of working on local land.

Contact Gillian on 07956170141.

Lavender Avenue Community Gardens

Sundays, 11am - 1pm, Lavender Avenue/Mortimer Road, Mitcham CR4 3HH

Join your local community gardening group to help grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Enquiries: Michelle - / 07733 266073

Christchurch Community Garden

Fridays, 10am - 12pm, 58 Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood SW19 2NY 

Join local volunteers at the weekly workday to help with general maintenance and upkeep of the garden. Please contact Lesley via 
020 8544 9511 beforehand to let her know you will be coming along.

Merton Green Parents

Every Wednesday, 10.30am, Coffee in the Wood, 99 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2JF

Merton Green Parents is the perfect group for people who want to make their parenting journey a more sustainable one. 

For more information about meet up times and to join the group, follow Merton Green Parents on Facebook or Twitter (@MGreenParents).

Merton Green Drinks

** Please Note ** Merton Green Drinks is on hold until further notice as a new location is being found for this event. 

Merton Friends of the Earth
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 8pm - 10pm, William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SD

Join the group to discuss issues such as climate change and help support their local campaigns. All Welcome! Refreshments provided.


Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association
1st Monday of the month, 7.30pm, The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

Sign up for a beginners’ course and enjoy educational and social events for members. For more information about beekeeping or joining the Association please contact:

The Chairman - / 020 3286 2896 or
The Secretary - / 0774 785 0940.


Wimbledon Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ

A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers.

Visit the Facebook page or telephone 020 7833 0338 for more details.
Visit for more information about each event. 

More Ways to Stay in Touch

Visit our website for all the latest news and join us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!


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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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