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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: April 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

The key planting season kept us busy in the garden, with work starting on Dig Merton's new Fieldgate Lane project and hosting our own 'Big Dig'! Our Schools Food Growing Project and Cricket Green workday have inspired young residents to join in, and with National Gardening Week and our Family Planting Day (9th April) approaching, you can too!

Away from the garden, we were also invited to the National Peace Symposium and are pleased to have begun working with members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (right).

The boys made a great start on preparing the potato patch
at Phipps Bridge!

News & Info

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


Big Dig Day 2015!

On 21st March, we hosted our very own 'Big Dig' at the Phipps Bridge Community Garden.

The national event aims to get people involved in their local growing spaces and over 20 people came along to help us prepare the community garden for the new growing season.

A great start was made, as regular volunteers helped newcomers dig patches for planting potatoes, carrots and beetroot, and work also began on
tackling the brambles.
A big thank you to everyone 
who came along!
Find out more about the day and take a look at our team of helpers in action HERE!

Fieldgate Lane: The Story So Far...

This month, work began to transform a previously unloved area of land on Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham, as part of the Dig Merton project.

Read the full 'Down the Lane' story
by Tom Walsh HERE.
The site has often been referred to as 'the dump' but this is all changing thanks to a unique partnership of interested parties and stakeholders who, together, are determined to make this space a garden and orchard that the community will be proud of.

Two busy and productive action days have seen the land cleared of waste and old foliage, the soft fruit trench dug and the wild meadow area prepared. A number of fruit trees were planted on the second day and now it's time for local residents to get involved at our Family Planting Day on Thursday 9th April!   

Schools Food Growing Project

This spring, Sustainable Merton have been working with over ninety students from six schools in the east of the borough, as part of a pilot scheme to start them off with growing food at school. 

The students were shown how to sow their own vegetables and took part in identification and tasting sessions. Project leader Michelle also taught the children about the life cycle of plants and the benefits of composting.
Supporting cookery sessions offered an opportunity for the children to make and try their own homemade coleslaw and to gain basic cooking and food hygiene skills.
Read more about Michelle's time with the children and see what they got up to HERE

National Peace Symposium

On Saturday 14th March, more than 1,000 people from many different religions and communities attended the National Peace Symposium at the the Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden.

The symposium is a key event for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and seeks to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace. 

Sustainable Merton was represented by Gillian Leigh and Fiona Rutherford – seen in the photo (left) with Yousaf Aftab and Hassan Hakeem who run community and charity programmes. We are looking forward to working with their volunteers in the near future.

Find out more about the evening HERE

Working with Cricket Green School

On Tuesday 24th March, the Sustainable Merton team had a great time helping the staff, parents and children of Cricket Green School to brighten up the school grounds.

New flower borders were dug and planted, a huge planting pot was filled with soil and compost and a new garden shed was constructed too.
We were also joined by volunteers from HSBC bank and everyone enjoyed a wonderful lunch prepared by Michelle, Fiona and the kids.

RHS National Gardening Week: 13th - 19th April

The country's biggest annual celebration of gardening is back and a wide range of events have been planned to get people out and about.
The week includes the first ever National Open Gardens Day on Friday 17th April, with RHS Wisley among those taking part (more...). On Sunday 19th April, you can enjoy the South London Botanical Institute garden and house with tea and cake, as you chat to their gardeners.

The SLBI, located in Tulse Hill, has also just launched its brand new website! Visit to discover more about the institute and other upcoming events.
On Saturday 18th April, Margaret Arnott will be giving a talk on the origins of the 'National Garden Scheme' - 2.15pm, Christchurch Hall, SW20 0GH (more...).

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations


Our Events...

Thursday 9th April

Fieldgate Lane Family Planting Day
10am - 1pm, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham
(meet at Miles Road playing fields CR4 3DA)

Join us as we launch our rejuvenation action plan for the disused land at Fieldgate Lane, as part of the Dig Merton .

Work has already begun to prepare the site and now we need your help to plant Merton's first urban community orchard. Everyone is welcome, so come along with friends and family and get to know other residents as you help transform your local community. We hope to see you there! 

The event is being supported by Merton Council's 'Love Your Street' anti-litter campaign and Tom recently graced the cover of 'My Merton', alongside other community members, to show our support for a cleaner, greener borough. 
** Find out more about the campaign HERE and take a look at the full list of Spring/Summer clean-up events **

** Please note a change of location for two of our regular groups **

Tuesday 7th April (every 1st Tuesday of the month)
Green Coffee 
The April meeting will take place in the upstairs cafe at the YMCA, Wimbledon Broadway SW19 1RY 

Tuesday 14th April
Merton Green Drinks
Green Drinks will now be taking place every second Tuesday of the month at The Charles Holden, 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH

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

Saturday 11th April (& next 5 consecutive Saturdays)
Food Growing Course
10.30am - 12.30pm, Carshalton Community Allotment, Colston Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2PW

6 week food growing course run by EcoLocal.
Learn how to successfully grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables. Find out more HERE.

Sunday 12th April
Wandle Trust Community Clean Up

11am - 3pm, Trewint Street, Earlsfield SW18 4HB

Help keep our communities clean with the Wandle Trust team (more...).

Enquiries: Polly -

16th - 19th April
Remembrance Woodland Planting Days

10am - 4pm, Wandle Park, Colliers Wood SW19

Take part in creating a new Remembrance Woodland in memory of the 240 young men from Colliers Wood who died during the First World War (more...).

Enquiries: Keith Spears -

Saturday 18th April
Restyling Bus
Wimbledon Piazza, Wimbledon SW19 1QB

Repair small electrical goods on Merton’s ‘Restyling Bus’! Organised by the Vine Project with help from Merton’s Mega Recycle and Sustainable Merton.

Saturday 18th April
NGS Gardens Talk
2.15pm - 4pm, Christchurch Hall,
16 Copse Hill SW20 0HG

Join Margaret Arnott for a talk about the origins of the National Garden Scheme (more...Enquiries: 07981 902771

Monday 20th April
Wild Writing Workshop
7pm - 8.45pm, Love and Dye, Worple Road, Wimbledon SW20 8RE

Join freelance writer Jini Reddy to playfully experiment with writing as a way to connect more deeply to yourself, nature and the senses in a friendly, relaxed space (more...).

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

We are delighted to be taking part in Morden Hall Park's first ever BioBlitz this Spring!

A BioBlitz is an exciting event where experts help the public to find, identify and record as many species as possible within a set location very quickly and intensively. Great fun for all the family!

We're already looking forward to getting stuck in and we hope you'll join the search too!
(FREE event led by the National Trust Learning Team & Morden Hall Park Nature Group)

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

A get-together for those interested in environmental and community issues.

Please check the date and venue of the next meeting 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 from Sustainable Merton and join us on Facebook and Twitter (@SustainableMert) for regular updates!

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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