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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: December 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

As the new year approaches, we look back at some of our Dig Merton highlights and share news of a new project on the Meadows Estate. We'll also be celebrating our busy year at Green Drinks on 8th December, so please do join us! 

NCS The Challenge continue to support our cause and you can visit the Eco-Sexy team's Christmas pledge tree @ Morden Hall Park's Tree Exhibition (4th Dec - 4th Jan) - Be inspired and make a New Year's pledge to use less energy with the help of your Energy Advisor, or join your local food growing community....

We THANK YOU for all your support this year and we wish you a very

News & Info

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

Tuesday 8th December
** Green Drinks: Christmas Special **

8pm, The Charles Holden, 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH 

You are warmly invited to Sustainable Merton's Christmas get-together! Join the team for a small celebration of our achievements this year, and a toast to our wonderful supporters & volunteers. We hope to see you there! 
(Bar snacks available) Enquiries:

Travel: Opposite Colliers Wood Tube Station. Bus: 470, 219, 57, 131, 152, 200 & 655 
BULB PLANTING @ Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens 
Saturday 5th December, 1 - 3pm, CR4 3AL

If you can spare a little time, please do come along to the orchard to help us plant 600+ bulbs awarded by the Metropolitan Public Garden Association, in association with Taylors Bulbss of Spalding.

Many hands make light work, so please bring friends, family & neighbours.
Guidance, tools & refreshments provided.

Enquiries: /  07949 622778 (Clare)
The Meadows Big Plant Out!

On 7th November, 20 + residents, Cllr. Joan Henry, Michelle (Dig Merton) and Nollaig (Friends of Mitcham Common) teamed up for the Big Plant Out at the Meadows Estate, Mitcham.

Volunteers braved the weather to help plant the entrance and beds at Heath, Orchid Clover and Oak Lodge and residents can now look forward to a very colourful and textured garden in the months ahead!

Well done to everyone, and to Paulette - a true community champion, who organised the whole event! (See more of the action...)

Winter Energy Saving

Circle Housing's free Energy Advisor service for Merton customers can help you lower your energy bills and save money. Your local EA, Luisa, will come to your house to chat about switching energy provider and simple ways to use less energy etc. Find out more...
Dig Merton 2015By Michelle, Project Leader (read the full article here...)
'This year, we helped seven schools in the Mitcham area establish or revitalise their vegetable growing spaces. The summer saw the revitalisation of Phipps Bridge Herb Garden and the start of a new gardening group at Nelson Gardens.
Residents continue to enjoy community action days at award winning Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens and Viridian Housing have asked us to help establish a gardening committee at Lavender Avenue in the new year.'
THANK YOU to all partners, volunteers, schools and local residents for your support, time and hard work!
Mark Holmes & Michelle Kolattek receiving the National Clean Britain Community Award 2015 on behalf of Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens - Presented at the CIWM's prestigious 'Sustainability and Resource Awards' on 5th Novemeber

Our work with NCS The Challenge 2015

We have had the pleasure of working with two groups of young people from NCS The Challenge this year...  Team Eco-Sexy and Team Reiss each selected Sustainable Merton as their chosen charity to raise awareness and fundraise for, and both have shown impressive levels of initiative and enthusiasm for our cause! 

Following their great work at Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens' Hedge Planting Day on 7th November, Team Reiss have already raised funds for a brand new bench for the orchard. So a big thank you from Sustainable Merton! 

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! 
There are only a few plots free, so please do get in touch via to reserve yours.

Visit for more information about Rose Avenue Allotments

Thursday 4th December - Monday 4th January
Community Tree Exhibition
The Stable Yard, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

A work in progress...
Come along to Morden Hall Park this Winter to visit the annual Tree Exhibition, featuring a collection of Christmas trees decorated by local organisations and community groups.

This year, the Eco-Sexy team have been working hard to create a tree to represent their campaign and Sustainable Merton. The handmade tree will be adorned with eco-pledges to highlight the many simple changes Merton residents will be making to live a little greener. Please do come and take a look!

Wimbledon Common Nature Club:
Volunteer Co-Club Leader & Assistant Required

WCNC are looking for a Co-Club Leader and an Assistant  to help develop their educative and fun yearly programme. Volunteers will also present some of the sessions and register children as they arrive. If you have a passion for nature and want to encourage children to enjoy and care for our wildlife, the WCNC would love to hear from you!

Click HERE for further details about the club and volunteer roles

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Tuesday 8th December
** Green Drinks: Christmas Special **

8pm, The Charles Holden, 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH

Please CLICK HERE for all the details

Thursday 10th December
Climate Change: A Wake Up Call
6.30pm - 7.30pm, South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ 

Why we have a climate, how it is changing, what will happen if we do nothing, what we must do. FREE talk by David Cotton - author of two books on climate change (

Enquiries: / 020 8674 5787 Web:

Sunday 13th December
Edible Christmas Wreath Workshop

10am - 1.30pm, The Old School House,
Mill Lane, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JY

Join EcoLocal for a fun festive workshop creating fabulous Christmas wreaths and table decorations from local food and other tasty treats! (more...) Cost: £30. Book HERE.
Enquiries: 020 84041522

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December
Tree Planting & Maintenance Days
10am-1pm, Common Extension Playing Fields, Robin Hood Road SW15 3QF 

Help the Tree Warden Group Merton replant trees which failed to establish following The Big Tree Plant and give them all some TLC. See more for 2016...

Tel: 020 8543 0790 / 07773 406105 (Jane Plant - Volunteer Coordinator)


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

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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