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 Local action for a low carbon future

E-News | March 2017

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What's new? What's on | This Month
Colliers Wood Festival of Health & Well Being 
Nelson Gardens Workday (4th)
MVSC Voluntary Sector Conference (13th)
Meeting: Plans for Poplar Primary School (22nd) 


Celebrating Sustainable Merton's 10th birthday at our AGM last month.
Pictured: Tom Walsh, CEO

News & Info

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

 Events in   Morden | Mitcham | Wimbledon | St Helier

Join forces with your neighbours to help clean up your community!
Merton Council is calling on local residents and businesses to pull on their gloves and take up their litter picks to help give Merton its BIG TIDY UP.

GET INVOLVED to help make light work of the task and take a stand against littering!
Find your local community clean up
Celebrating the Volunteer at Sustainable Merton's AGM
On 9th February, we were joined by over 40 of our friends and supporters to celebrate the great work of our volunteers and 10 years of Sustainable Merton!

Official business was quickly dispatched, leaving plenty of time for guests to hear about last year's successes and what we have planned for 2017, including a Community Champions update and welcome to Sandy - our new Project Manager. 
Our audience also enjoyed inspiring stories from our volunteers and we were delighted to welcome Russell Smith, Director of Retrofit Works, to share exciting news of the new 'Improving the Housing of South London' domestic retrofit scheme.
Celebrating our 10th birthday with Ruth's delicious, hand decorated cake! 
L-R: Tom Walsh (CEO), Sandy McClure (Community Champions Project Manager), Caroline Pankhurst (Trustee), Mike Morris (Chair of Trustees) & Ruth Baber (Trustee)
Enjoy our full review and photo gallery here!
We need your help to make this year's BIG DIG at Phipps Bridge Community Garden even bigger! 

We are looking for community champions of all kinds - local residents, businesses, corporate groups - to join our friendly volunteers to help prepare the garden for the new growing season. More details coming soon!
find out more about the Big Dig and how to get involved
Introducing our new Community Champions Project Manager!
Sustainable Merton is delighted to welcome Sandy McClure to our team and we are looking forward to working with her to take this project to the next level.
Sandy has already been very busy meeting some of our partners and volunteers and getting stuck into some tough (muddy!) work at Phipps Bridge Community Garden.
Find out more about our newest member and her vision for our Community Champions
Sandy introducing herself to our supporters and volunteers at our AGM
Photo: Muzaffer Tahir (Community Champion)
Merton Green Drinks
 Are you keen to get people together to discuss green issues?
Can you spare some of your time to help restart the Green Drinks group?

Contact Green Coffee Organiser, Joyce Pountain to discuss the possibility of monthly meet-ups at the friendly, community based Sultan Pub, Wimbledon 
Air Quality in Merton | Tom Walsh - CEO, Sustainable Merton

 ** Important Information ** 
"For the past two years Sustainable Merton has been working with partners at the London Sustainability Exchange and the Mayor’s office in London to measure the air quality of many sites across the borough. The results have been disturbing and many areas are exceeding the European guidelines for clean air.

It is important for us to be aware of this information and to carefully consider it when planning cycle/walking routes, and most importantly, the route to school, as young children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of poor air quality." More...
What can we do to improve air quality in Merton?
Snapped! 📷 Team London Digital Skill-UP Training
Sustainable Merton's Amy travelled to Microsoft's HQ for a day focused on upskilling charities to meet their aims in an ever increasingly digital world. 
Retweet: Microsoft Charities ‏@MSCharitiesUK, 3rd February
"Cracking day yday supporting our 1st cohort 4ur Digital SkillUp with @TeamLDN supporting small charities with Digital Skills :) #Tech4good"
£630 raised for Phipps Bridge Community Garden!
On 24th February, Sustainable Merton hosted our first quiz night and fundraiser of the year at The Guardian Centre, Colliers Wood - home of Merton Vision. 

70 people joined us to make the night a success and we were delighted to welcome both old and new friends. Our ever popular quiz master Andy led the evening's entertainment and guests enjoyed a delicious home-cooked meal, prepared by Wendy (Merton Vision) and her team. Congratulations to the winning quizzers and thank you to everyone who took part! Special thanks also to Mark for running the bar all evening.

The fantastic amount raised will be used to support our flagship community garden at Phipps Bridge, enabling us to buy new tools, seeds and other essential items this year.
Proud members of 2nd placed quiz team - 'A Bloke and Six Chicks' 
Get Set, Get Active Fund!
Applications are open for the Wimbledon Foundation's £65,000 community fund for local sports clubs and groups in Merton and Wandsworth.

The fund offers one-off grants of between £500 - £2,500 to support the costs of activities which aim to help local people of all abilities to be more active and improve both their physical and mental well being.
Find out more about the fund

Deadline for applications:  Friday 17th March, 12pm
o           Volunteer Bulletin         o
  Community Gardening @ Nelson Gardens  
Saturday 4th March | 10 - 12 | High Path SW19 2JY
HELP NEEDED Grab friends and family and get outdoors to enjoy the many benefits of community gardening! Get fit the fun way, meet new people and experience that feel good factor as you make a positive difference in your neighbourhood. Share your skills or learn on the job - everyone and all abilities are warmly welcome at Nelson Gardens!
Enquiries:  ✉   |  📞  07772 999870
Local residents of all ages helping to keep the garden looking its best 
  MVSC Volunteering Group Recruitment Session  
Tues 14th March | 10 - 12 | Vestry Hall, 336 - 338 London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD

JOIN US Come along to MVSC's regular volunteering recruitment session to meet Sandy - our new Community Champions Project Manager and find out you can get involved! From community gardening, to sharing advice on sustainability issues and signposting your neighbours to sources of helpful information, there are so many ways to make a difference!  Email or call 020 8685 1771 to register.
Advertising a volunteer role, apprenticeship or job vacancy within the Green Sector? Please email 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

Making Colliers Wood Happy | Festival of Health & Wellbeing
Various locations & dates throughout March

Enjoy a month full of activities designed to help make Colliers Wood Residents feel happier and healthier! From jazz to laughter yoga to African drumming, there's something to put a smile on everyone's face! Download the programme of events |  📞 07982 721 496
Monday 13th March, 10am - 3.30pm
MVSC Voluntary Sector Conference
Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon SW19 8LR

This year's theme - 'thriving through change', will explore the approaches and solutions organisations and partners are adopting for resilience and sustainability. A great opportunity to network and have your say on how to address the challenges and opportunities ahead. Find out more and book your place |
Wednesday 22nd March, 8pm
Residents Meeting: Plans for Poplar Primary School
The Coach House, 15 Melrose Road, SW18 1ND

Join Katherine Davies and Joanna Pfeifer from Poplar Primary School for a presentation of the plans to create a common shared landscaped space beside the school for both pupils and the community, and on the horticultural activities and achievements of the pupils. Entry £4 | 
Sunday 26th March, 11am - 1pm
Wandle Park Litter Pick
Meet at Colliers Wood tube station

Merton Green Party is organising another litter pick in Wandle Park and your help is needed to collect recyclable materials. Enquiries: Tom Killick  |  📞 07821 882380

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

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:

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 - / 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:


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).

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 | | 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 / 020 3286 2896 or
The / 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.
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