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 Local action for a low carbon future
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What's new?
➡ Merton's litter heroes shine at the Big Tidy Up
The Big Dig is here! Join us on 22nd April
➡ Meet our new trustee!
➡ Help investigate air quality in Merton...
➡ Recycle4Charity to help raise funds for our cause
➡ Run a community tree planting campaign!
 
What's on | This Month
Merton Green Drinks is back! (24th)
Young volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association working hard with Merton's Tree Wardens

 News & Info                                                               

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

   THANK YOU!   

Sustainable Merton was very proud to work beside, and support, the dozens of residents, councillors, council officers, community groups and businesses who joined forces for Merton's Big Tidy Up.
 
Community clean-ups took place in Morden, Mitcham, South Wimbledon and
St Helier, with all volunteers showing true community spirit and determination to take a stand against littering in the borough. What a fantastic effort by all involved!
Figges' Marsh Community Clean-Up, Saturday 4th March
(Photo: Qasim Mahmood, Ahmadiyya MuslimYouth Association)
"It took us three hours rather than two, but we cleared the whole area, bagged up all the rubbish and dug out large quantities of invasive Green Alkane" Joanna

"making our environment more attractive must be about educating people to take responsibility for their immediate neighbourhood"  Cathie
Merton's #LitterHeroes share their 'Big Tidy Up' stories...
THE BIG DIG is BACK!  
SATURDAY 22ND APRIL 10 - 2, SW19 2SY
 
🌱 Learn how to prepare your growing space
🌱 Help with digging
weeding & seed sowing
🌱 Set up bean poles with our team

All welcome! Local residents, groups, businesses, corporate teams... Come and help get your local community garden ready for the new growing season!

@ Phipps Bridge Community Garden
 REMINDER   Green Coffee Monthly Meet Up ☕
Get together to discuss local environmental and community news. 

The next meeting is on... Tuesday 4th April   9.30 - 11am
@ Wibbas Down Inn, Wimbledon SW19 1QT

Catch up on last month's news - including  a heartening tale about how to engage your community and a report on a tag to track air quality throughout your day...
☁  Investigate Merton's Air
Want to know what the air is like where you live? Friends of the Earth’s Clean Air Kit will help you find out...

 ** Order your Clean Air Kit ** 
Each kit contains your very own air monitoring tube to help you measure pollution where you live, as well as top tips for avoiding and reducing dirty air. 







 
£15 (minimum donation)
to FOE covers the cost of the kit
☁  Ultra Low Emission Zone
Transport for London have announced that they will be undertaking further statutory consultation later this year on proposals to change the ULEZ to further improve air quality - Including widening the zone to cover more of London. Sustainable Merton fully supports this proposal and we will, of course, inform residents when the survey is live. 
What is the ULEZ? Find out more about the Ultra Low Emissions Zone standards...
Meet our new Trustee!  
Hello, my name is Bex.  At 24, I’m not your typical trustee, but what I lack in years, I hopefully make up for in knowledge and enthusiasm!
Having graduated in July 2016 with a Masters in ‘Leadership for Sustainable Development’ from Forum for the Future, I’m passionate about trying to make the world a better place.I joined Sustainable Merton in the hope to get more involved in sustainability on a local level, and to be able to see some tangible outputs from getting my hands dirty!

 Find out more  about Bex's professional experience, 'Sustainunable' blog and how to contact her for advice.
Recycle4Charity
Recycle your printer inkjet cartridges and mobile phones to raise money for Sustainable Merton and protect the environment...

Recycle 4 Charity provides a no hassle service to help its thousands of members raise funds for charity via a FREE, easy to use, custom branded recycling programme.
Sustainable Merton have joined the scheme, so please do support our cause. 
find out more and register to start making a difference!
Community Champions: Theory of Change Workshop
On Wednesday 29th March, a group of Sustainable Merton-ers got together to develop a plan for the Community Champions project for the next 10 years and the next 3 years...  It sounds like a tall order (!) but with fabulous energy and commitment we managed to come up with a plan in 2 1/2 hours!

Thank you to everyone that came and to our great facilitator, Eva Rehse - UK/Europe Director of the Global Green Grants Fund. Here's our Theory of Change, if you would like to know more please get in touch!   e: sandy.sustainablemerton@gmail.com
"excellent event with some fine discussion and action points"... "a pat on the back for the great acheivements of Sustainable Merton" Salim, Community Champion
Sustainable Merton's Fundraising Volunteer, Alyson, shares her thoughts on the changes she would like to see occur in the borough...
 SCHOOLS   Raise funds to plant trees!
Teratrees are looking to connect with local schools to help them launch their own tree planting campaigns to green their grounds and communities.

Running a campaign offers students an opportunity to connect with nature, learn outdoors and manage a mini-project to raise funds for their school.  Find out more...
o           Volunteer Bulletin         o
 Community Gardening @ Deburgh Road Herb Garden   
HELP NEEDED!  The Sultan pub is calling on local residents to help bring this community herb garden back to life with some much needed tlc.
If you are interested in being a part of this great community project, and can volunteer just a little of your time to help, please do contact the team!   t: 0208 544 9323
 River Wandle Cleanup | Culvers Avenue & Carshalton, Sutton 
Sunday 9th April | time tbc
Join local volunteers for the Wandle Trust's monthly community cleanup of the Wandle. Equipment and well-deserved refreshments supplied. More details coming soon...
  submit an enquiry |  t: 0845 092 0110
Advertising a volunteer role, apprenticeship or job vacancy within the Green Sector? Please email amy.sustainablemerton@gmail.com to let us know and we will share these great opportunities!

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

MERTON GREEN DRINKS is back!
 Monday 24th April, 7.30pm
 @ The Sultan pub, 78 Norman Road, SW19 1BT 

We are pleased to announce that the popular social event giving you the chance the meet fellow green-minded residents is restarting this month. Please do save the date and spread the word amongst friends and neighbours!

✉  carolehoughton@yahoo.com | killicktom@hotmail.com  | t: 07821 882380
Wednesday 26th April, 9.30am - 3pm
Outdoor Learing Conference
Rhyl Primary School, Rhyl Street NW5 3HB

An inspiring day of workshops on topics around outdoor learning, food education and school
gardening (more...)  t: 020 7485 4899 ✉ admin@rhylprim.camden.sch.uk 
Saturday 29th April, 10.30am - 1pm
Green Woodwork & Woodland Management
Oasis Nature Garden, Larkhall Lane, London SW4 6RJ

An introduction to managing a small urban sustainable woodland, including a hands-on workshop on making traditional hurdles for the woodland out of coppiced hazel.  
Find out more and book your place |  ✉ maddie@sustainweb.org

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 sustainablemerton@gmail.com

Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...

 
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 HEREEnquiries: joycepountain@virginmedia.com
 

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. Enquiries: Gillian - 07956170141.

Nelson Gardens
Every first Saturday of the month, 10am - 12pm,  High Path SW19 2JY

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

Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens
Every last Saturday of the month, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

Help local residents and volunteers maintain and develop this beautiful and educational community resource for all to enjoy.  Enquiries: mitchamorchard@gmail.com

 

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 lesleygelbart@aol.com 
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).


Wandle Park Litter Pick
Last Sunday of the month, 11am – 1pm


Join the Merton Green Party group for their monthly clean-up focusing on collecting recyclables. Meet at Colliers Wood tube station (SW19 2HR) at 11am, or join the group in the park after that. Enquiries: Tom Killick | killicktom@hotmail.com | 07821 882380

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 Chairmanchairman@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 020 3286 2896 or
The Secretarysecretary@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 0774 785 0940.
Website: wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk

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 sustainablemerton.org for more information about each event

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!
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