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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: August 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

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What's new?
 **Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day** Sat 17 Sept An annual highlight and fun for all the family!
- You can also join the Abundance team as this summer's local fruit picking trips begin!
 - Tom heads to City Hall for London's Air Quality Conference 
- We talk water saving with Merton residents at the Morden Family Fun Day 
- Find out more about our successful afternoon at CIPD's Volunteering Fair for employees

What's On? August: Join us for our Community Champions Action Week! (9th,10th,12th) - Community Clean-Ups (6th,14th) - Carshalton Environmental Fair (29th)  Sept: Fruit Day (17th)

Team Sustainable Merton take on BBQ duty at Mitcham Orchard's country fete!

News & Info

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

 11am - 2pm, St Mark's Church Hall & Garden, SW19 7ND

Don't miss Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraiser and showcase of the great work they do in Merton. Come along to buy homemade jams, chutneys, fruit cakes and lovely fresh juice from the fruit press. Fun for all the family! Take part in the ‘Longest Peel’ competition, enjoy music from the International Ukelele Orchestra and lots more!

Can you help? Find out more about how you can take part in fruit picking trips with the Abundance team this summer HERE >>>

A Fresh Perspective on Clean Air
London Sustainability Exchange Annual Air Quality Conference

On 30th June Sustainable Merton's Tom Walsh joined community group representatives, academics and policy makers (all at the forefront of the fight for clean air) to share their work, ideas and enthusiasm for air quality solutions. The conference aimed to develop and inform the the vision for the future of London, explore challenges London faces with issues of air quality and initiate discussions on tackling transportation problems and air pollution.  
"Many of the groups and organizations were grassroots, just like us and I was able to learn a lot about the problems they are facing and the solutions they are hoping to provide."
- Tom Walsh (pictured above right)
Morden Family Fun Day
Sustainable Merton were among the many local commercial and charity stalls to take part in this year's Morden Family Fun Day. 

We spoke to over 100 visitors and
gave away numerous water saving shower timers. Limiting time spent in the shower to 4 minutes can save litres of hot water and reduce your energy bills! It was also very interesting to discover that the main 'water waster' very much varied between families.  
Sustainable Merton's Ruth, Juliet and Amy 
Mitcham Orchard's Grand Opening Fete!

It was all hands on deck at Mitcham Orchard's fantastic country fete on 31st July, as our team manned the busy BBQ to feed the many visitors who came to explore and enjoy this wonderful community space!

Around 300 people attended, and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces and meet many more local residents. Our Fundraising Intern, Lucy, also did a great job chatting to guests about the work we do and the orchard's transformation!
Sustainable Merton volunteers - Ruth, Amy, Michelle, Lucy, Cindy and Gillian
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Volunteering Fair
Tom and Amy enjoyed a very busy afternoon at CIPD's Volunteering Fair. In just a couple of hours, they spoke to over 30 employees and signed up 20 potential volunteers!

They engaged in conversations about our work on air quality, the importance of recycling in the workplace, water conservation and the many opportunities for volunteers to be a part of the work we do. Thank you to the CIPD team for having us!

Discussing the workings of diffusion tubes 
Abundance Update: New Fruit Picking Groups!

Cherry Thayer & Juliet Boyd
Abundance Wimbledon's fruit picking trips are about to begin, and there are some changes to report... Local groups have now been set up to cover Haydons Road, Morden, Raynes Park and Wimbledon Park, with each taking on responsibility for picking a few trees. More helpers are needed for all groups, so please GET IN TOUCH to join in, however frequently you are able to. The team are also looking for volunteers to organise teams in Merton Park, Dundonald, South Park Gardens and Colliers Wood - find out more HERE >>>
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This project is led by Sustainable Merton in partnership with     
My week with Sustainable Merton...

"Hi, I'm Serena! I was fortunate enough to complete my work experience placement with Sustainable Merton. I took part in a multitude of tasks, from helping out with running gardening clubs at local primary schools, to attending Green Coffee and discussing issues relating to our local environment and beyond."  Read Serena's full blog HERE >>>
Exploring with the children at our Summer Gardening Club (run with the Shine Trust)
Healthy eating workshop at Bond School. Pictured with our fundraising intern, Lucy(R)
Advertising a volunteer position or job vacancy within the Green Sector? Please email to let us know and we will share these exciting opportunities with our volunteers!

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

9th, 10th & 12th August
** Community Champions Action Week **

Gardening - Herb Planting - Litter Picking

Join us at one or many of our upcoming Community Action Days! Improve your neighbourhood, meet new friends and get moving a little more too.

CLICK HERE for all the details!
Saturday 6th August
Sunday 14th August
'Love Your Street' Clean-Up 
10.30am - 12.30pm

Help tidy up the Fernlea Road/Sandy Lane area. Meet by the alleyway at the rear of Rialto Road (close to the rail bridge at the end of Edgehill Road)
Wandle Park Clean-Up
11am - 1pm

Come along to help the Merton Green Party team collect recyclables in Wandle Park. Meet at Colliers Wood tube station.


Bank Holiday Monday - 29th August

Carshalton Environmental Fair

10.30am - 8pm, Carshalton Park SM5 3DD

One of South London's best days out! Over 150 stalls, children's activities, local craft, farmers' market, music and, lots of tasty food, real ales and more >>> Organised by EcoLocal with a team of volunteers.  Enquiries:

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 Lizzie - our  Publicity & Communications intern via 

Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...

Nelson Gardens
Every first Saturday of the month, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. Enquiries: Cypren - / 07772 999870

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 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.

Lavender Avenue Community Gardens

Sundays, 11am - 1pm, Lavender Avenue/Mortimer Road, Mitcham CR4 3HH

Join your local community gardening group to help grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Enquiries: Michelle - / 07733 266073

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).

Merton Green Drinks

** Please Note ** Merton Green Drinks is on hold until further notice as a new location is being found for this event. 

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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