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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: May 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

Planting days at Fieldgate Lane and Tamworth Farm, along with helping to create a new Remembrance Woodland in Colliers Wood, continued to keep our green fingers busy this month.

We supported other great events, including the 'Mercy4Mankind' Charity Challenge and The Vine Project's 'Envirobus' tour. Members of our Environmental Sub Group were also invited to a Food Summit to discuss a new Food Charter for Merton. As National Walking Month has now kicked off too, why not get your walking boots on and join us at Morden Hall Park's first ever BioBlitz on 30th May

Three young gardeners show us how it's done at the Fieldgate Lane planting day

News & Info

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


Fieldgate Lane: The Transformation Continues...

On Thursday 9th April, we saw a wonderful example of your support of the work we do, when 50 people gave up their time to help transform a 1,500 sq metre area of derelict land on Fieldgate Lane.

The site had been cleared of litter and a community orchard was beginning to take shape prior to the planting day. Now, with the help of local residents, a beautiful rose bed and herb garden have also been sown and the whole thing finished off with a 100m flower border.

Tom believes that "more of this exciting work can be carried out where strong partnerships emerge" and shares more of his thoughts on the success of the Fieldgate Lane project HERE

Colliers Wood Remembrance Woodland

Keith Spears, Founder and Coordinator of "MCWH!" (above, centre) says that "It is absolutely wonderful to see it finally done". 
(Photo: Auriel Glanville)
A new Remembrance Woodland has been created in Wandle Park in memory of the 240 young men from Colliers Wood who died during WW1.

We joined local residents, children from Singlegate School, Merton Tree Wardens and members of Friends of the Earth to plant a variety of native species. The trees were a gift from the Woodland Trust to the community building group “Making Colliers Wood Happy!” and will also help to improve air quality and enhance bio-diversity in the local area.
Click HERE for the full photo gallery to read more about what the woodland means to the community... 

Linking Up Eco-Projects

Sustainable development involves organisations working together to reduce our environmental impact. In Merton, this happens at the Environment Sub Group, organised by Sustainable Merton (Chair: Tom Walsh, Coordinator: Joyce Pountain).

The ESG meeting on 2nd April showed the benefits of joint working. New information on air quality and respiratory disease in Merton was welcomed by Merton Council’s tree officer, as it would strengthen the argument for planting new trees and protecting existing ones.

Please contact to find out more & to get involved!

Charity Challenge 2015

We were proud to support the many young muslims who took part in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association's 'Charity Challenge' in Hyde Park on 25th April.

The event invites people to walk, run or cycle to fund raise for charity and it is hoped that this year's challenge will bring the total raised to £2,000,000!
Find out what special guest Matthew Hoggard, MBE, had to say about the event HERE.

Tamworth Farm Hedgerow & Wildflower Planting Day

Members of the Tamworth Farm Allotment Society and their friends and family headed down to the allotments on Sunday 26th April to plant around 200 young trees. Wild meadow seeds were also planted to help improve the biodiversity of the site.

At the same time, the Lavender Children's Centre nursery started work on their new plot and all the hard work was helped by a wonderful mix of home made soups for lunch.            

The Envirobus tour continues...

Sustainable Merton's Peter and Abby joined the Mega Recycle team on The Vine Project's Envirobus as the tour came to Wimbledon.

The bus is a touring reuse, recycle and repair pop-up shop aiming to break the cycle of 'use and discard'.

Visitors helped to create a giant hermit crab ("one of nature's greatest recyclers") from recycled materials to remind us all "to do our bit for the environment" - 
Merton's Mega Recycle.
Abby, organiser of Merton Green Parents, also set up a cloth nappy demonstration.

A Food Charter for Merton

Food links with so many things - from health and exercise, to waste and carbon footprint, yet often it seems we don’t make the most of our food supply. By creating a Food Charter, Sarah Lane (Merton Council’s Public Health) plans to change this, with the help of Sustainable Merton.

Discussions began at the Environment Sub Group and then at a Food Summit on 13th April. Read more about the plans HERE and please contact to get involved with drawing up the charter.

The importance of educating children about food will also be highlighted on 'Food Revolution Day' (15th May) - a global campaign supported by Jamie Oliver.

National Walking Month!

Throughout May, we are all encouraged to take to our feet and feel the many benefits of walking - including improved physical and mental health. Walking is also a great way to to explore the outdoors and is a much more sustainable way to travel around.
Find out how you can get involved plus simple ways to increase your weekly steps HERE.

** Join Melanie Nunzet for a stroll along the wandle on Saturday 9th May**
Find out more HERE

Morden Hall Park introduces its first ever BioBlitz!

** Saturday 30th May, 10am - 4pm **

The Learning and Community team and Nature Group at Morden Hall Park will be hosting its first BioBlitz this year!
Copyright: National Trust/Daniel Bosworth
Visitors of all ages are invited to join forces with local experts in a race against time to survey all forms of life in their local green space. This exciting event is a great opportunity for all the family to engage with the wonderful wildlife that the park has to offer.

Click HERE for more of what's in store and to BOOK onto additional activities on the evening of Saturday 30th May and the morning of Sunday 31st May 2015.


Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations


Our Events...

Tuesday 12th May (every 2nd Tuesday of the month)
Merton Green Drinks
 8pm, The Charles Holden, 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH

The revived group is fast finding its feet and we always look forward to more eco-minded people joining us! 

"We been having great conversations at Green Drinks - discussing local projects, the joys of reusable nappies, books we all love and even straying into politics with the general election coming up! It's great to talk about the big and small stuff with a group of like minded people." Abby - Organiser, Merton Green Drinks & Green Parents

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

Saturday 9th May
Merton Street Clean-Up

10am - 12pm, Framfield Road, Mitcham, 
CR4 2AW (meet at junction with Figges Marsh)

Join the Love Your Street Team to help clean up Figges Marsh, Framfield Road and Manship Road (more...)

Saturday 9th May
Saturday Market
1pm-5pm, New Horizon Centre, Pollards Hill, CR4 1LT

Crafts, food, clothing, gifts, housewares, jewellery, fresh produce and more will be on sale at this special Ghanaian themed Saturday market (more...)

Enquiries: Andy - / 020 8764 9582 (Extn. 210) 

Friday 15th May

Food Revolution Day: Fighting for food education!

Food Revolution Day is a global campaign to put compulsory practical food education back on the school curriculum. We strongly agree with ambassador Jamie Oliver, that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives (more...).

Read more about Sustainable Merton's local Schools Food Growing Project HERE.

Saturday 16th May
John Innes Society Spring Plant Sale

10.30am-12.30pm, 5a Sheridan Road, 
Merton Park SW19 3HW

The flagship event in the society's calendar returns this May! There are many opportunities for you to contribute to and share in the event including donating, selling and buying - Find out more HERE.

Sunday 17th May
Friends of the Canons Workday

10am, Wandle Park, Colliers Wood SW19 (meet at the pond)

Morning session only.  Tools and refreshments provided.
Enquiries: John Davis - 020 8640 4578 / 07739 513948.

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

Sustainable Merton will be running a stall on the day, come along and say hello as you join in the fun. Find out what's in store HERE!

Sunday 7th June
Wandle Trail Walk
9.10am, Church Road tram stop, Croydon

Finish at Phipps Bridge tram stop (more...
Enquiries: Melanie -

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!


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 news and join us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!


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