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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: March 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

This month we're pleased to announce the return of Merton Green Drinks on Wednesday 18th March, plus we have news on Tom's tour of Cranmer School's new 'eco-building' and how we'll be taking part in the Big Sunflower Project 2015!

We share the views of local groups and residents on issues such as fracking and the need for more sustainable building in Merton, and we also have the latest details on this month's National Climate March (taking place on 7th March)

Come and help us plant new crops & prepare the Phipps Bridge garden @ our BIG DIG on 21st March!

News & Info

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


Cranmer Primary School's New 'Eco-Friendly' Building

On 23rd February, Tom Walsh (CEO, Sustainable Merton) visited Cranmer Primary School, Mitcham, for a first look at their new environmentally friendly building - Cranmer Court.

Head Teacher Ruth Whymark hosted the tour and two pupils proudly helped guide Tom and the other visitors around the site. The striking building (right) includes renewable energy technology and a sedum roof to encourage biodiversity and improve insulation.
Click HERE to find out more about Tom's thoughts on the building's design and the impact this will have on both the school and environment.

Sustainability Checklist for Buildings:
Making It A Better Place to Live

Green Coffee members have created a list of sustainable features for new buildings and this is already being used by local groups taking action for sustainability in the borough.

Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon East Hillside Residents’ Association have submitted this list to the Plough Lane consultation. The aim is to encourage the developer to make the proposed 20,000 seat football stadium (below), retail unit, fitness club and 602 apartments as sustainable as possible.
 Read more about the Plough Lane proposal and
** download a printable version of the checklist HERE **

Green Drinks is Back!

Having taken a prolonged break, we are excited to announce that Green Drinks is returning and is now being hosted by Sustainable Merton's Abby! (Organiser of Merton Green Parents) 

We'd like to say a big thank you to her for taking on this role and we hope many of you will come along each month for a drink and chat about all things 'green'!
** The first meet up will be on Wednesday 18th March at 8pm in the Hand and Racquet (Table 5), 25-27 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon SW19 7NE **

Say No To Fracking In Merton!

Local residents have not forgotten that Merton is among the locations identified as potential fracking sites across the country. 

Despite the significant threats to human and environmental health, just a few months ago, London Local Power, a new energy firm run by ‘pro-fracking pundit’ Nick Grealy, applied for licences to frack three blocks of land in London, including Merton. Find out more about the destructive effects of fracking and
(Above: A reminder of the anti-fracking protest staged by Merton Friends of the Earth in 2013)

show your support against the planned proposal by signing the 38 Degrees petition HERE!  

The Big Sunflower Project 2015

We are proud to be taking part in The Information Point's 'Big Sunflower Project' to raise awareness for centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.
The project helps to increase awareness of these rare neuromuscular conditions by asking people to grow a sunflower for the 'cheery and positive outlook they convey' and to share photos once they have flowered.

We will be planting 120 seeds with children from six schools across the borough, who will each watch theirs grow and flower to carry a special message.
Taking part is easy, simply email now
to request your FREE seeds and get planting any time between March and June! 


Time to Act: National Climate March
Saturday 7th March, 12.30pm, Lincoln Inns Fields, London WC2A 3ED

Last September, around 40,000 people marched through London as part of the People’s Climate March. Many thousands more joined in across the world but 2015 needs to be even bigger!

The movement is growing and across the UK people are already building change. The solutions are here now, so now is the 'Time to Act'. Take action by joining this year’s National Climate March on Saturday 7th March and help to 'power up and celebrate' the movement locally, nationally and internationally throughout 2015 and beyond! (more...)

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations in Merton


Our Events...

Wednesday 18th March

Merton Green Drinks
8pm, Hand and Racquet (Table 5),
25-27 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon SW19 7NE

The perfect social event for those interested in sustainability issues and wanting to meet other like-minded people is back! Following the first meet up, Green Drinks will take place every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Saturday 21st March
The Big Dig @ the Phipps Bridge Community Garden!
10.30am - 2pm, access via the alleyway beside 58 New Close (SW19 2SY)

The Big Dig Day 2015 takes place on Saturday 21st March and is all about getting people involved in their local community gardens! 

Events will be happening across the UK and we are looking for volunteers to come and help us as we plant potatoes (and other crops) and prepare the ground at our own Big Dig at the Phipps Bridge Community Garden. Everyone is welcome and there will be something for all the family to do!


Find out more about The Big Dig & SIGN UP HERE.

Thursday 9th April

Family Action Day @ Fieldgate Lane

Join us as we launch our new rejuvenation action plan for the disused land at Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham, as part of the Dig Merton project!

More details to follow!

Other Events... (a taster of what else is happening in the borough)

Sunday 8th March
Spring Clean in Poulter Park
11am - 3pm, Poulter Park, Peterborough Road SM5

Join the Wandle Trust for a mega clean-up of Poulter Park as part of the Wandle Valley Big Green Fund project (more...).

Monday 9th March 
General Election Hustings - Mitcham & Morden Constituency

1.30 - 3.30pm, Vestry Hall, 338 London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD

A chance for you to quiz the main candidates on the issues you care about (more...).

Saturday 14th March
Organic Gardening Class
2.30 - 4.30pm, Donald Hope Library, Cavendish House, High Street, Colliers Wood  SW19 2HR

FREE organic gardening class with horticulturist Jenny Mortimer (more...).

Contact Keith to book: 07982 721496 /

Sunday 22nd March
Workday on Myrna Close
10am (morning session only)

Meet at the bridge in the middle of the Reserve (between Myrna Close and Victoria Road) 

Enquiries: Fiona Sydney (task leader)

Friday 3rd April
Spring Walk with Melanie Nunzet
(Beddington Park to Mitcham Common) 

10am, starting at St Mary's Church, Church Road, Wallington SM6 7NJ

Enjoy a group walk along the Beddington Farmlands path. Enquiries:,

Saturday 30th May
** Morden Hall Park BioBlitz! **
10am - 4pm,  Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

We are delighted to be taking part in Morden Hall Park's first ever BioBlitz this Spring!

A BioBlitz is an exciting event where experts help the public to find, identify and record as many species as possible within a set location very quickly and intensively. Great fun for all the family!

We're already looking forward to getting stuck in and we hope you'll join the search too!
(FREE event led by the National Trust Learning Team & Morden Hall Park Nature Group)

Click HERE to view the latest events calendars & newsletters from local groups


Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...


Green Coffee

1st Tuesday of the month (usually), 9.30 - 11am, the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Road SW19 1LT

A get-together for those interested in environmental and community issues.

Please check the date and venue of the next meeting 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.

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).

Christ Church Community Garden
Fridays from 10am - 12pm, at the back of Christ Church hall, 58 Christchurch Road, London SW19 2NY

Join Keith and friends to help look after this local community garden.


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 from Sustainable Merton and join us on Facebook and Twitter (@SustainableMert) for regular updates!

Comments & Suggestions

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!


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