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Inspiring local people to live more sustainably.
OCTOBER 2018
Welcome to our October newsletter!
As the local environmental charity in Merton we want to bring you all the information, advice and links that will help you to be a better environmental supporter and activist.
We are delighted that Tom Walsh has returned to work and will be taking on a Community Ambassador role, working with local people, our Champions and partners. Diana Sterck (right) will continue to manage the charity in her role as Chief Executive and we are quite sure that Diana and Tom, together with the rest of the team, will make us more successful than ever before. We are sad to see Sandy McClure move on and thank her for her work over the past 20 months!

Finally, we have a new website!
Structured around our key themes of Waste, Air Quality, Energy and Food, we hope you like it and find it useful. 
Please do share your feedback (and any content) - info@sustainablemerton.org
FOOD FOCUS: In this edition, we will be highlighting action being taken to reduce surplus food waste and increase recycling of unavoidable food waste.
Levels of need for food assistance in Merton is rising. Families and children are going to bed hungry. Meanwhile, there is an abundance of surplus food that could be put to better use, and residents, business and organisations can all do their bit to redistribute this food to tackle food poverty across the borough.
 BE PART OF THE SOLUTION 

​With our Community Champions inspiring local action, and by working closely with like-minded partners, we are mobilising residents to actively grow and consume fresh, locally produced food, and stop good food going to waste in Merton.

Here are just some examples of the great work being done in the borough...
Wimbledon gets fruity to reduce waste
Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraiser (and infamous sweet treats) draws in the crowds again!
Sustainable Merton was delighted to be part of this year's Fruit Day - Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraising, and showcase, event.

The event was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of preventing good food from going to waste - and the fantastic job local organisations, such as Abundance, do to collect surplus food and distribute to those in need.
READ ELLIE'S BLOG
With 9,361 tonnes of food waste collected in Merton going to landfill each year, Sustainable Merton also took this opportunity to distribute 40 food caddies to residents not yet recycling food waste, and to talk about the importance of valuing foodreducing unnecessary surplus waste, and recycling unavoidable waste, such as peelings and coffee grounds.
Still wondering why you should recycle your food waste? Community Champion Katy has created a fantastic animation to explain just that!
Animation created for Sustainable Merton 
www.happyappledesign.co.uk
Join the food sharing revolution!
Sustainable Merton is supporting OLIO – the free food sharing app, on its mission to stop good food from going to waste!
OLIO app: How it Works.... (Video by OLIO)
Getting started with OLIO...
Community Champion Alice, has just signed up to the OLIO app as she takes action to reduce the amount of good food being thrown away in her home - particularly the courgettes overflowing in her garden! 

So how did she find it? Will she be continuing to use the app? And, the big question, did she manage to find homes for those courgettes??
READ ALICE'S BLOG
Merton's Food Poverty Action Plan
Working together to tackle surplus food waste and food inequalities across the borough
Furthering our work in the borough related to the theme of Food, in May of this year, Sustainable Merton was commissioned by Merton Council to lead and coordinate the delivery of Merton's Food Poverty Action Plan.

An operations group, which includes community organisations, was established in June and just had its second meeting last month. 


Sustainable Merton's Food Poverty Action Project Coordinator - Sue, tells us more about our role in this work, and highlights just some of the initiatives listed in the plan which offer vital support to combat food poverty in the borough.
READ SUE'S UPDATE
A drop in the ocean
Community Champion Dan shares the story of how one local initiative is inspiring the thought that a better,
more sustainable future is possible...
"These days we hear in the media of so many problems that it seems hard to know where to start to find the solutions. Nature declining fast. Climate change. Austerity. 3 million people going to foodbanks and 8 million plus people in “food insecurity”. A lack of community cohesion. Loneliness...
 
The issues may be daunting and of course, no magic solutions exist. However, one local initiative - Phipps Bridge Community Garden, I know from my own small involvement plays its noble part on all these fronts to some extent, and inspires the thought that a better, more sustainable future is possible...
READ DAN'S STORY
Annual Harvest Update
The Phipps Bridge Community Garden team have already harvested 930kg of produce this year! There is still lots more to come – perhaps this will be the first year we hit a full tonne of produce!

Community Gardening Champion Ruth shares the team's highlights, challenges, and what's coming up as the harvest season continues...
READ RUTH'S BLOG
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Upcoming Events...
Green Drinks is back!
Thursday 25th October
7.30pm at The Garden Shed SW19 1AN
Join Sustainable Merton's Community Champions and local, like-minded residents for a fun, relaxed evening chatting all things green. 

Look out for the ‘Merton Green Drinks’ sign - the group will be there to greet you!
 
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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team
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