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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: August 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,

We've been 'Out & About' at community fairs, planting days and, of course, the Merton Green Parents Family Fun Day! Other highlights include teaming up with SHINE for their healthy schools summer project and the announcement of the launch of our new Community Champions project!

Coming up... Abundance Wimbledon prepare for their annual Fruit Day and we also look forward to celebrating National Allotments Week (10th-16th August) at both our Phipps Bridge community & herb gardens!
Proud students show off their homemade dishes at SHINE's healthy schools project ! 

News & Info

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


Community Champions: The Launch!

On 11th July, at Merton Council's Love Your Street celebration, Tom Walsh announced the launch of Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions project.

The project is supported by Merton Council, The Institute for Sustainability, Moat Housing and Circle Housing Merton Priory, and aims to establish a team of Community Champions to undertake a range of environmental engagement initiatives throughout the borough. Champions will receive training so that they are able to provide their communities with good quality advice on a range of sustainability issues. Find out more about the role and sign up HERE.
"Becoming a Community Champion is a great opportunity for people who are already interested in caring for their environment to get more involved and encourage others to do their bit to improve their local environment” - Tom Walsh. 

Merton Green Parents Fun Day!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Green Parents Fun Day at Morden Hall Park! Families enjoyed a clothes exchange, crafts and reusable nappy demonstrations. Around 6 large bags of clothes were donated on the day, lots of butterflies were made and organiser Abby tells there was some serious park exploration! 

See more of the action HERE!

The SHINE Project

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the SHINE Trust as part of a healthy schools summer project for students in Mitcham.

SHINE is an education charity providing extra support to disadvantaged young people after school, on Saturdays and in the school holidays.

During the week, the children took part in sports, cooking and gardening sessions - including garden exploration and management, composting and wheel barrow racing! They also explored the parts of plants we eat, nutrition for a healthy diet and practised their cooking skills. 

Find out more about our week with SHINE...

Out & About... It's been a busy summer for the team!

11/07: High Path Residents Association joined forces with Dig Merton & local volunteers to transform Nelson Gardens
19/07: We spoke to 60+ people and handed out over 40 energy monitors at the 
Morden Family Fun Day! 
22/07: Self-seeded chard growing amongst the sweetcorn at Phipps Bridge Community Garden
25/07: Talking energy saving at the 
Phipps Bridge International Summer Fair

An Abundance of Fruit!

Abundance Wimbledon collects surplus fruit and makes sure it gets used to make jam, juice, puddings etc. Excess fruit is also distributed to local charities, such as Merton Vision, to provide for the homeless and elderly.

So if there is more fruit in your garden than you are likely to need, please contact or call Joyce (020 8946 3750) or Juliet (020 8946 2514). You can borrow a fruit picking pole to reach the top of your tree or ask if a fruit picking team can help.

National Allotments Week (10th - 16th August)

This year's annual celebration aims to emphasise the benefits that allotments bring to everyone, regardless of age or gender, and to highlight the fact that we need to value our remaining plots and preserve them for future generations.

Volunteering at our Phipps Bridge Community Garden is a great way to explore the gardening world and meet new friends. Join us on 12th August at our weekly Wednesday Workday for a taste of allotment life! We're also running a number of planting sessions at the Phipps Bridge Herb Garden too!
A good day for lettuces!
Beautiful crop of red currants

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Our Events

8th, 15th, 18th & 25th August 

Phipps Bridge Herb Garden: Community Planting Sessions
in front of Mitcham Medical Centre, Haslemere Avenue, Mitcham CR4 3PR


Join us at our upcoming planting sessions to help spruce up the community herb garden.
All are welcome! 
Click HERE for days & times.

Saturday 19th September

Abundance Fruit Day

11am - 2pm, St Mark's Church Garden & Hall (behind Wimbledon Library)


Come & buy homemade jam, chutneys, cakes, ultra-fresh juice from the fruit press, and enjoy games & live music. FREE entry. Please put it in your diary!

Other Events... 

Tuesday 11th August
Bat Walk
8pm-9.30pm, Morden Hall Park,
Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

Head out at dusk with the National Trust Learning Officer to spot and listen out for local bats.

** International Bat Weekend also takes place from 29th - 30th August **

Wednesday 12th August
Pollards Hill Family Fun Day

12pm - 4pm, Donnelly Green, South Lodge Avenue, Pollards Hill, CR4 1LT

Stalls, local groups, bouncy castle, food, face painting, crafts, games and more! The Commonside Trust are also looking for groups/organisations/charities to promote their projects or services at the event (more...).

Enquiries: Andy Hodge 020 8764 9582 /

Friday 21st August
Balsam Bashing & Pennywort Pulling!
11am - 4pm, Watermeads Nature Reserve, London Road,
Mitcham, SM4 6BF

Join the Wandle Trust in Watermeads Nature Reserve for a day of tackling the invasive Himalayan balsam and floating pennywort (more...)


Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday Monday)
Carshalton Environmental Fair

10.30am - 8pm, Carshalton Park,
Ruskin Road, Carshalton SM4 3DD

Showcasing local sustainability initiatives! Over 150 stalls, children's activities, local crafts, farmers' market, music, food, campaign groups and more... Enquiries:

Saturday 5th September
Cannizaro Park Tree Walk
2.30pm - 5pm, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon SW19 4UE

Discover what to look for when observing trees, gain confidence using identification guides and familiarise common and botanical names with the South London Botanical Institute's Letta Jones.

£8 (non-member) / £6 (SLBI member). 
Book via or call 020 8674 5787    Web:

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

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!


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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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