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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: January 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

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This month, we review both the Paris Climate Conference and Crossrail 2 Public Meeting, and discuss our role in supporting communities in their efforts to tackle global and local sustainability issues. We also take a look back at the Community Christmas Tree Exhibition and have details on how to recycle your trees too.

To kick off the New Year, we invite you to celebrate the start of our 10th year of operation at our AGM on 11th February! Plus we have news on an exciting Spring 2016 funding opportunity for local Wandle-based projects... 

What will your New Year's #EcoPledge be? Share on our Facebook & Twitter pages to inspire others!

News & Info

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


Thursday 11th February

Sustainable Merton's Annual General Meeting

7.30pm, Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, Wimbledon SW19 4ED

We invite all our supporters, volunteers and partners to join us at our Annual General Meeting 2016. We'll be celebrating the start of our 10th year of operation and discussing the question 'How do we see sustainability unfolding in Merton in the next ten years?'. More details coming soon.

Crossrail 2 Public Meeting

Sustainable Merton were pleased to support last month's well attended Crossrail 2 meeting.

Our role on the night was to argue for all projects emanating from Crossrail 2 to be based on the principals of sustainable development, so that an example is set whereby all future developments in Merton match these requirements - Tom Walsh - CEO, Sustainable Merton
'In the coming year, we and other partner groups will fully support our citizens in tackling climate change through local action.'
** The Crossrail 2 consulation closes on Friday 8th January 2016 **
Find out more about the plans & how you can have your say HERE...

Living Wandle - Funding Opportunity

In Spring 2016, the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme will be awarding an estimated total of £60,000 to new projects within the Wandle area!

If your organisation/group has an idea, please complete
 an Expression of Interest Form and return to by 15th January 2016.
Find out more about the type of projects the LWLPS are looking for HERE

*** Christmas Tree Recycling ***

Please remember to take your real Christmas trees to the Garth Road Reuse and Recycling Centre (Morden), or use Merton Council's free household collection service (Trees must be placed at the front of your property on 10th January and will be collected from 11th - 24th January). 

The trees collected are either composted or turned into chippings which will be used as a mulch to spread on flower beds.
Paris Climate Conference: The Role of Grassroots Organisations

"Although the Paris Climate Conference was not a complete solution to the whole climate change threat, it did achieve amazing things. Almost every nation on earth now accepts and agrees that it is a real threat and that it is the responsibility of every nation and every citizen to be part of the solution.

This means that more than ever before, all over the world, grassroots organisations like ours have a key role to play in supporting our communities in their efforts to mitigate climate change." 
Read more about how we see ourselves and other local groups responding to the challenge HERE... 

Are you a skilled gardener? Or a beginner wanting to learn more?
PLOTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE at Rose Avenue Allotments for you to join your local food growing community! Get outdoors, meet new friends and enjoy your own home-grown fruit and vegetables! 

Contact for more information

Community Christmas Tree Exhibition

The Eco-Sexy team finally revealed their fantastic pledge tree at Morden Hall Park's annual Tree Exhibition last month.

The tree is a celebration of our work together throughout 2015 and represents our joint aim to change people's perceptions of environmentalism. 

The local schools and community groups who took part made a great effort with their trees and we were very impressed by all of them! 
Take a look at our exhibition gallery...

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Thursday 11th February
** Sustainable Merton's Annual General Meeting **

7.30pm, Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, Wimbledon SW19 4ED

Please CLICK HERE for more information

Friday 8th January
Crossrail 2 Consulation Closes

It is important that everyone has their say on this project. Not only will it deliver a major new station for Wimbledon, but will lead to the rebuilding of much of Wimbledon town centre. Find out more about Crossrail 2 HERE.

Tree Planting & Maintenance Workdays

Saturday 16th January, 10am - 1pm 
Morden Park Playing Fields, London Road SM4 5HE (opposite the mosque)  

Sunday 17th January, 10am-1pm
The Canons, Mitcham CR4 4HD 
(behind the leisure centre)

Join the Tree Warden Group Merton and local residents to help with tree planting, maintenance and giving TLC where needed. More for 2016...

Commencing Tuesday 26th January (2 days per week for 4 weeks) 
Routes2Work Customer Service Training

FREE course for unemployed Merton residents. Run by Circle Housing Merton Priory as part of their Routes2Work scheme. Training in call handling, complaint resolution, customer care etc, plus work experience and job search and application support. Applicants must be 16+. Limited places. Find out more...

Email:     Tel: 0300 500 3000 / 020 3441 8612

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!


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!


Comments & Suggestions

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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