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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: November 2014

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

This month we've been busy taking part in community events across the borough, helping you to reduce your energy bills and introducing more residents to community food growing. We're also planning a screening of award winning film 'Trashed' on 4th December - find out more HERE!

News & Info

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


Heating & Utilities Advice Day

On Saturday 18th October, Sustainable Merton took part in the Heating & Utilities Advice Day, organized by the MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh.

We spoke to many residents about how they can save energy through simple behaviour changes and how energy monitors can be a great tool to help with this.

Take a look at our photos and read more about the day HERE!


Community Day at Phipps Bridge

On Wednesday 22nd October, we organised an open day at the Phipps Bridge Community Garden. The event was supported by the Metropolitan Police, MVSC, South Mitcham Community Association and Circle Housing Merton Priory, and was an opportunity to introduce residents to the benefits of community gardening and members of local organisations. 

Click HERE to read more and to find out how you can get involved with the project too!

North Mitcham Open Spaces Project

We are pleased to have been asked to help the North Mitcham Parks Friends & Heritage Group launch the North Mitcham Open Spaces Project under the banner of Dig Merton.

Residents were invited to attend a recent planning meeting to discuss this exciting new project which aims to improve the local neighbourhood. Find out more about the plans and how Sustainable Merton will be involved HERE.


'Project Earth Rock' Launch

Sustainable Merton attended the launch of a great new Key Stage 2 multimedia teaching pack for primary school teachers called 'Project Earth Rock'.
Using songs, video and animation the pack helps teachers deliver eco messages in a way the children will enjoy and remember.

Read more about the project HERE.


Style Junkies!

Can you transform trash into a fantastic costume?

Design a high-end outfit from recycled and reworked materials like crisp packets, polystyrene, plastic bottles, paper, textiles and electrical wire.

Show your creativity with recyclables and refuse and you could be in with the chance of winning £150 for your class and £1000 for your school as part of Merton’s Mega Recycle campaign!

Open to students at Merton Local Authority primary and secondary schools and Wimbledon College of Art.

Click HERE for all the details!

Dates For Your Diary

Join Sustainable Merton at local upcoming events...

Thursday 4th December
** Film Screening - TRASHED **
'If you think waste is someone else's problem... think again'

6.00pm (doors open) - 8.30pm, HMV Curzon, 23 The Broadway, Wimbledon, Greater London SW19 1RE. Free admission, donations welcome.

Sustainable Merton, in partnership with the London Borough of Merton, are hosting a local screening of this award winning feature film by Blenheim Films, with Jeremy Irons.

In this new ‘docu-feature’, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

We learn more about what happens to the huge amount of waste that goes unaccounted for each year, as well as the individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste. 

Chris Lee, Director of Environment for the London Borough of Merton, will also be present to give a brief talk about environmental issues in the borough before we wrap up the evening.


'We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet.' Jeremy Irons

(Find out more about
the film HERE!)

Thursday 13th November
Trustees Networking Event
6 - 8pm, Apollo House, 66a London Road, Morden SM4 5BE


Merton Voluntary Service Council are hosting an informal networking evening to give anyone interested in becoming a trustee the chance to meet and talk to local voluntary organisations over a glass of wine and light refreshments.

If you are a Merton organisation seeking trustees, or someone interested in being a trustee and would like to take part in the event, you can book your place HERE.

Visit for inspiration!

Friday 14th November
Make Your Own Shopping Bag!
10.30am - 12.30pm, Stitch Up, 130 Arthur Road, Wimbledon SW19 8AA

Come and make a shopping bag (using the Morsbag template) – a positive way to reduce the need for harmful plastic bags!

Equipment, instructions, fabric & refreshments provided.

£5 per person.

Book your place now! Call 020 8946 2514 or email

January 2015
** Sustainable Merton's Annual General Meeting **

Our AGM will be taking place early next year - we'll be sending out further details once a date and location have been confirmed.


Other Events:

Tuesday 4th November
Colliers Wood Residents' Asscociation Meeting
7.30pm, St Joseph's Church Hall, Park Road SW19 2HS

Join in the discussion to help make Colliers Wood a better place for residents to live in!

Wednesday 12th November
Colliers Wood Cookery Class
5 - 7pm, Christ Church Hall, Christchurch Road SW19 2NY

Join Rosemary Jeboo for a cookery demonstration using produce grown in the Colliers Wood community garden.

Booking is essential – Please contact Keith via

Tuesday 2nd December
Colliers Wood Open Spaces Meeting
7.30pm, St Joseph's Church Hall, Park Road SW19 2HS


Click HERE to view upcoming Merton Council Committee Meetings & Community Forums


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.

Phipps Bridge Community Garden
Every Wednesday morning (weather dependent), 10am - 2pm (well deserved tea & cake 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.

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. 

Colliers Wood Community Garden
Friday afternoons from 2.30pm at the back of Christ Church hall, 58 Christchurch Road, London SW19 2NY

Join Keith and friends to help look after this community garden, created as part of the Dig Merton project.

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.

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.

Rag Rug Making
Call Thelma on 020 8540 to find out when the next session is.

Come along and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. 

'Make Your Own Shopping Bag' Sessions

Learn basic sewing techniques or help others to do so. Bags are made using the Morsbag template. 

The Energy Group

This group aims to help people reduce their domestic energy bills. 

Visit for more information about each event. 


More Ways to Stay in Touch

Visit the new 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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