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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: March 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

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What's new? Local organisations respond to the Paris Climate Summit at our AGM and Merton's Environment Sub Group
We also discuss our Pollution Busting partnership with the London Sustainability Exchange to encourage cycling and improve air quality.
New FoodCycle hub opening in Merton! Learn about the charity, the opportunities involved and how you can volunteer. 

What's on? Help sow fruit and vegetables at Mitcham's Community Orchard & Gardens Open Day - Sat 19th March. Colliers Wood Litter Pick: Help keep Britain tidy - Sat 5th March

AGM: Agamemnon Otero talks about Repowering London's Community Energy projects

News & Info

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

'What is the future for community groups in Merton, following the Paris climate summit?' 
On 11th February, 40 members & supporters joined us at our AGM.

During the evening, guests were treated to six short presentations around the general theme of December’s Paris Climate talks. The speakers discussed how individuals, communities and organisations must all contribute to finding solutions to 

meet the challenges arising from climate change. Find out more about each of the talks HERE >>>
** Saturday 19th March **
Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens Open Day
12 - 4pm, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

 FIND YOUR LONDON! Come and discover Mitcham's best kept secret, the national award winning community orchard in Field Gate Lane.
Join local volunteers to help sow fruit and vegetable seeds in pots to take home and nurture until they are ready to plant out. The perfect opportunity to discover how you can get involved during the coming season.
All ages and abilities welcome. No booking necessary, just drop in.

Enquiries: or call Michelle - 07733 266073
Pollution Busting

Sustainable Merton is partnering the London Sustainability Exchange in an air pollution busting project which covers Merton and Richmond.
The two local Councils and local groups from Cycle Training UK are also taking part in the project, which is targeting local businesses and encouraging more cycling. We will be monitoring air quality (particulates) in 10 new locations in Merton and attending events to engage business employees in the project.
Find out more about the project and our involvement HERE >>>
Merton's Environment Sub Group
We were delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Merton, David Chung, at our ESG meeting on 16th February.
Presentations by guest speakers Agamemnon Otero, Jon Buick and Giles Read focussed on the theme of 'How should organisations in Merton be planning for a low carbon future?' The talks and following discussions among members once again highlighted the importance of grass roots action
(L-R) Agamemnon Otero , Giles Read , Jon Buick, David Chung, Tom Walsh & Irina Chung (Mayoress) (Photo: Merton Council)
David Chung shares his thoughts on steps being taken and his vision for the borough >>>
** Saturday 5th March **
Help Keep Britain Tidy: Colliers Wood Litter Pick
Time TBC & Waterfall Road, SW19 2AG (Just off Colliers Wood High St.)

As part of the Clean for the Queen campaign, an army of volunteers are being rallied across the country to help clean-up their communities this weekend 

 You can get involved by joining Merton Council's litter pick taking place in Colliers Wood THIS SATURDAY...
We will be litter picking along the bridge, cutting back vegetation and working with volunteers to create a tidier high street in Colliers Wood. Special Clean for the Queen rubbish bags , disposable gloves and High vis jackets will be provided.

NEW FoodCycle Merton due to open Spring 2016
FoodCycle is a nationwide charity using surplus food from supermarkets to cook healthy, meals for vulnerable groups.

A new Food Cycle hub will be opening in Merton this spring and ‪volunteers‬ are needed to lend a hand... 
Available roles include cooking leader, fundraising co-ordinator, plus weekly opportunities. Find out more about becoming a Food Cycle volunteer here >>
Volunteer Opportunities with Sustainable Merton!

Thank you to all who volunteered their time last month! 
There are many ways to GET INVOLVED with the work we do and we have a number of opportunities that may be just what you're looking for!
For more information about our volunteer roles please email

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Saturday 5th March
Help Keep Britain Tidy: Colliers Wood Litter Pick

Time TBC, Waterfall Road, SW19 2AG

Please CLICK HERE for more information
Sunday 6th March
The Shroomshop: Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners
1pm - 6pm, 158 Middleton Road, Morden SM4 6RW

Learn the basics of mushroom cultivation with this hands on workshop from May Project Gardens More >>>

Cost: Early Bird £20 / General £30   Book HERE
Enquiries: / 07983 442876

Sunday 6th March

Soft Fruits Tree Pruning Training
1pm, Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

Free gardening workshop on the basic dos, don'ts and techniques of soft fruit pruning.Find out more & register HERE >>> 

Saturday 19th March


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

Please CLICK HERE for more information

Wednesday 30th March
Introduction to Spiders Workshop @ the Natural History Museum
10am - 5pm, Angela Marmont Centre, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Do you want to know more about spiders but don’t know where to begin? 

Jan Beccaloni, the Natural History Museum’s Arachnid curator, will introduce you to spiders and their kin during this informative and engaging workshop. More >>

Email  to book a place 

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


Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...


** NEW ** 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.

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!

** Please note that the location of Green Drinks is to be reviewed for next month


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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