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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: January 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year and we hope you had a very merry (& sustainable) Christmas!

We're looking forward to kick starting 2015 with an evening of 'Celebrating Sustainabilty' on 15th January and we hope to see you there!

Read on for a review of our 'Trashed' screening and discover 'What Happens to Merton's Food Waste?'; plus, find out more about 
the second refusal of plans for Merton's first PassivHaus.

Planting 1,000 spring bulbs at  our last workday of 2014

News & Info

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


** Celebrating Sustainability! **

Thursday 15th January, 7 - 10 pm 
Drake House44 St Georges Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4ED

Sustainable Merton invites you to join us for an annual round-up of achievements across the borough.

It's an opportunity to find out about local green initiatives from individuals and community groups and learn more about the work we do.
We've invited speakers from some of the most exciting community projects to tell us how they are making Merton a better and more sustainable place, including Alison Pelikan (Morden Hall Park Nature Group), Dave Channon (Merton Heritage Orchard) and Sue Morgan (Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust) - to name just a few!

Our co-ordinator, Tom Walsh, will look back at Sustainable Merton's successes in 2014, plus he'll give a taste of what's to come this year!

Click HERE for all the details!


'TRASHED' - No Place For Waste

Last month, Sustainable Merton hosted a screening of award winning ‘docu-feature’ film ‘TRASHED’ at the HMV Curzon, Wimbledon.

The film highlighted the damaging effects our actions are having on the environment and future generations, as well as showing that living more sustainably is not an impossible goal!

A total of £226 was donated on the night towards the cost of hiring the cinema to show the film, so thank you to all who came along and contributed! 
We’d also like to say a big thank you to Juliet Boyd for organising the screening for Merton residents.

Find out more about the evening and film HERE.

What Happens to Merton's Food Waste?

On 16th December, Sustainable Merton's Ruth and Joyce enjoyed a fascinating visit to the anaerobic digester plant at Trumps Farm, near Chertsey (Surrey).
The plant converts Merton’s food waste into biofuel and liquid fertiliser certified for use on organic farms and, with 98% conversion of gas into electricity, is one of the most efficient in Europe. This is even more impressive when you discover that the whole plant employs just 3 staff and can be managed remotely from a mobile phone!

Learn more about the digestion process and take a photographic tour through the plant HERE.

Plans for Merton's First PassivHaus Declined Again

Last year, we were excited to introduce you to the Sewell family's plans to build Merton's first sustainable home. Unfortunately, this application was later refused and, almost a year on, we are disappointed to hear that their forward thinking project has once again been delayed by a poor planning decision.
The family refuse to give up on their plans to become carbon neutral and are keen to share their story with others to raise awareness of the need for sustainable living.

Dean Sewell tells us more about the difficulties he and his family faced in 2014 and how they hope the new year will bring more positive news HERE.

Updated artist impression of the proposed PassivHaus

Final Workday of 2014!

On 30th December, the Sustainable Merton team were joined by volunteers of all ages to help plant 1,000 spring bulbs in front of the Lavender Children’s Centre, Mitcham.

It was great to have so many people join us on this sunny morning to help plant the daffodils, tulips and irises, including 3 Cub Scouts and a few other new faces too!

We were also joined by Cyndy from the North Mitcham Parks Friends & Heritage Group, who has written a lovely review of the day. Find out why she first thought that Tom's idea was 'crackers' and take a look at the workforce in action HERE

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations in Merton

Our Events...

Thursday 15th January
Celebrating Sustainability!
7 - 10pm, Drake House (Wimbledon Guild HQ), 44 St Georges Road, Wimbledon, 
London SW19 4ED

Join us for an annual round-up of achievements from across the borough! 

7 pm        Doors Open
7.30 pm   Sustainable Merton AGM
8 pm        Speakers & Discussions

Please come along at 8pm, or earlier if you want to participate in the AGM.

Everyone is welcome!


Other Events...

January (various dates & locations)
Tree Planting Sessions: Volunteers Needed!

The Tree Warden Group Merton need your help to continue to make our borough a more attractive and healthy place to live!

Find your local tree planting event HERE!

Saturday 10th January (First Session) 
Short Course in Organic Gardening
2.30pm - 4.30pm, Christ Church Hall, 58 Christ Church Road, London SW19 2NY

Want to know more about organic gardening? Join Jenny Mortimer for a FREE short course this new year! (More...)

Only 16 places available. Contact Keith Spears via to book.

Wednesday 21st January (& every 3rd Wednesday of the month) 
Merton Friends of the Earth - Monthly Meet Up
8 - 10pm, William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SD

Join the newly relaunched group to discuss the issue of climate change and the next 'Campaign Against Climate Change - London March' in the spring. You'll hear more about their ongoing local Bee Campaign and how you can help with general maintenance in Wandle Park. 


Saturday 24th January
'What's Going On in Colliers Wood' 2015
11am - 5pm, Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66-72 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2BY

Discover ‘What’s going on in Colliers Wood’ at the annual event which showcases the activities organised by local community groups (More...)

Would your organisation like to be involved? Tables are limited - contact Keith Spears via or call 07982 721 496.

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, the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Road SW19 1LT

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).

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!

Comments & Suggestions

We always love to know what our members think of the work that we are doing and we would really appreciate your feedback on our monthly newsletters... What did you like about it? What else would you have liked it to contain? Please email your thoughts/suggestions to Thank you! 

All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!


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