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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: September 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

Throughout August we enjoyed a number of planting sessions with local residents at  Phipps Bridge Herb Garden. As the summer season came to an end, we also revisited the sunflowers planted earlier this year as part of the Big Sunflower Project

This month, we'll be celebrating 'Wandle September' at Abundance Wimbledon's annual Fruit Day! And it's also time to nominate your Favourite Tree in Merton...

Lily supervises work at  Christchurch Community Garden

News & Info

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


** Abundance Fruit Day 2015! **
Saturday 19th September, 11am - 2pm

St Mark's Church (behind Wimbledon Library) SW19 7ND

The Abundance Wimbledon team have been busy this season... So far, they've picked 85 kilos of plums and 506 kilos of apples! 

The local fruit is being used to make jams, chutneys, puddings and other delicious treats for visitors to buy at their annual Fruit Day. The event also relies on people who kindly donate some of their homemade produce, so if you are a keen jam-maker or baker, please contact
Ruth has been busy making jams, jellies and chutneys for Fruit Day using local produce grown at Phipps Bridge Community Garden. 

The Big Sunflower Project

Brightening up the community garden
Back in March, we signed up to take part in the 'Big Sunflower Project', which aims to raise awareness for centronuclear and myotubular myopathy (neuromuscular diseases).

The seeds planted at Christchurch Community Garden have now bloomed, and not only look great but carry a special message too!

Phipps Bridge Herb Garden
Community Planting Sessions

Michelle (Project Leader, Dig Merton) was on hand at the community herb garden throughout August to share her gardening tips with local residents. Volunteers joined in to get their hands dirty and help with digging, planting and watering. She encouraged helpers to adopt and care for even just one plant to keep the garden growing. Thanks to all who came along to help! 
08/08: 'Charlie and Angel were absolute stars! They did a superb job weeding, watering and reconditioning the soil. What a wonderful knowledge of the herbs they had too.'  - Michelle
Click HERE to find out more about the aims of our new environment engagement project, including a full role description and breakdown of involvement levels. 

Out & About... 

08/07: Tom shares his words of wisdom with the Nelson Gardens team.
Follow @HighPath for regular updates.
12/08: We joined 300+ residents at the Commonside Community Development Trust's Fun Day in Pollards Hill! 

Favourite Tree in Merton

Do you know of a tree or group of trees in the borough that you really like for whatever reason? If so, why not nominate it for the Tree Warden Group Merton’s ‘Favourite Tree in Merton’ competition?  

By taking part you'll be helping to raise the profile of Merton's wonderful trees and be in with the chance of winning a prize too!
Find out more and download the nomination form HERE. Voting closes 15th September

Copyright: LWLPS

Wandle September!

The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme have put together a programme to promote all the exciting things going on in the Wandle Valley in September.

The aim is to reconnect people with the Wandle and encourage us all to try something new this month! From butterfly surveys, to food growing courses and local walks and talks - there's something for everyone! 

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Saturday 19th September

 Abundance Fruit Day

11am - 2pm, St Mark's Church (behind Wimbledon Library) SW19 7ND


Homemade jams, chutneys, cakes, ultra-fresh juice, games & live music! Find out more about Abundance Wimbledon & Fruit Day HERE.

Dig Merton Events

Saturday 12th September 
Nelson Gardens Workday

10am - 12pm, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. 

Enquiries: / 07772 999870 Twitter: @highpath

Saturday 26th September 

Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens
12pm - 4pm, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

Lend a helping hand to manage the weeds, mow the grass and get planting and harvesting. Refreshments, cake and tools provided.

Wednesday 30th September 

Action Day: Lavender Avenue Community Garden 
9.30am - 1pm, Lavender Avenue CR4 3HH

Join the Dig Merton team and local volunteers to help spruce up the community garden. 

or contact Dig Merton on Facebook.

Other Events... 

Saturday 5th September
Cannizaro Park Tree Walk
2.30pm - 5pm, Cannizaro Park,
Wimbledon SW19 4UE

Organised by the South London Botanical Institute. Beginners welcome! What to look for, using identification guides and more...
£8 / £6 (SLBI member) Booking Essential: / 020 8674 5787

Sunday 6th September (& every Sunday until 27th September incld.)
Butterfly Survey
2pm - 4pm, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD
(meet by the watermill)

Walk the butterfly survey route with Morden Hall Park Nature Group to identify as many species and numbers of butterflies as possible. All are welcome!



Saturday 26th September
Spider Man at Mitcham Common!

10.30am - 2pm, Mitcham Common, Croydon Road, Mitcham CR4 1HT

Find, catch & identify spiders (and conquer any fears) with the official recorder of spiders for London, Edward Milner. Cost: £3 (More...)
Enquiries/Book: 020 8288 0453 /

EcoLocal: 6 Week Food Growing Course

Starting Saturday 19th September (6 consecutive Saturdays)

Carshalton Community Allotment
(access between 33-35 Colston Avenue SM5 2PW)

Just starting out? Keen to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing? Sign up to learn all you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. Find out more...

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, upstairs cafe at the YMCA, Wimbledon Broadway SW19 1RY

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.

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

2nd Tuesday of the month, 8pm, The Charles Holden, 198 High Street,
Colliers Wood SW19 2BH

The perfect social event for those interested in sustainability issues and wanting to meet other like-minded people!


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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