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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: October 2015

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Hi <<First Name>>,


We enjoyed some great events in September - including Abundance Wimbledon's ever successful Fruit Day and Tamworth Farm Allotments annual BBQ. Plus we were joined by Merton's new 'Eco-Sexy' team at Phipps Bridge Community Garden for our latest Action Day!

The Merton Food Charter has now been published and it's also time to take your best shot for the Wandle Valley Forum's photo competition!  
(Right: 5kg of Windfall apples picked for making homemade pies and chutneys this autumn)

 

News & Info

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

Abundance Fruit Day 2015!

(Photos: Nick Finch)
Congratulations to Abundance Wimbledon for another very successful Fruit Day! The delicious cakes, jams and other tasty treats on sale were a wonderful showcase of the many different ways to make use of local fruit that is often wasted.

David Chung (Mayor of Merton) opened the event and organisers Joyce and Juliet thanked all volunteers who keep the project going strong.
A grand total of £1,216 was raised - A fantastic contribution towards the team's great work! 

See & read more from Fruit Day HERE!
SM's Ruth with the Mayor or Merton -
David Chung, Cllr. Gilli Lewis-Lavender & Joyce (Abundance Wimbledon)
Alison (Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association) selling delicious honey from local producers.

The Merton Food Charter
 

The newly created Merton Food Charter is an innovative approach to taking action locally on food and sets out a vision for a healthy and sustainable food culture in Merton.


Sustainable Merton worked alongside Merton’s Public Health Team to coordinate the development of the charter, which is based on priorities identified by local partners at the Merton Food Summit in April 2015. 

** Download the Merton Food Charter and sign up HERE **

The Challenge: Team 'Eco-Sexy'!

The true skills of a team of young people are being tested as they take on sponsored challenges, organised by NCS The Challenge, to raise money for Sustainable Merton!
 
Team Eco-Sexy aim to create a movement to challenge people’s perceptions of environmentalism and have shown real enthusiasm to do so! They've made a fantastic start - raising around £285 so far!
Thank you to all involved!
 

Find out more about the campaign and how you can support the team's impressive efforts HERE.
We also joined forces with the team at Phipps Bridge Allotments for a community gardening day. The young volunteers did a great job with litter picking, digging, sowing and harvesting crops to prepare the garden for winter.  See more of the action HERE!

Tamworth Farm Allotments Garden Party!

On 6th September, the Tamworth Farm Allotment Society hosted it's annual family garden party!

Guests enjoyed a tasty BBQ and plot owners entered their best crops in the fruit and vegetable competition...

... Categories included most unusual crop, tallest sunflower and best cooked dish, and Michelle (Dig Merton) was invited to help judge the tough competition. She tells us more about her day and the 'wealth of produce to feast your eyes and bellies on' HERE
 
** COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS **
Click HERE to find out more about the aims of our new environment engagement project, including a full role description and breakdown of involvement levels. 

Wandle Valley Forum Photo Competition


The WVF invite you to capture the spirit of the Wandle on camera and enter your best shots in to their 10th anniversary photo competition! 

They are looking for images showing all aspects of the Wandle Valley – including it’s architecture, industry, people, pastimes, as well as the river and it’s wildlife. Deadline:16th October 2015
 
1st Prize: £600 digital camera voucher!
 
For more information on the competition and photo categories, and to submit your entry, visit www.wandlephoto.com
 

To our friends within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community...

 
We were very sad to hear about the news of the fire at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden and we will be thinking of our friends who continue to support the work we do. We wish you all a strong recovery and please do not allow such things to deter you from the good and loving course you have all set yourselves upon. 
 
Best Wishes from all of your friends at Sustainable Merton.

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Dig Merton Events

Saturday 10th October 
Nelson Gardens Workday

10am - 12pm, High Path SW19 2JY


Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. 

Enquiries: highpath@live.co.uk / 07772 999870

Family Action Days @ Lavender Avenue Community Garden CR4 3HH


Saturday 17th October, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Tuesday 27th October, 10am - 12pm


Join the Dig Merton team and local volunteers to help prepare the garden for winter.

Enquiries: sustainablemerton@googlemail.com

 


 

   

Saturday 31st October 

Community Gardening Day
@ Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens
10am - 2pm, Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL


Come along to help maintain the garden and enjoy the fresh Autumn air. Refreshments, cake and tools provided.

Enquiries: mitchamorchardteam@gmail.com
Web: www.mitchamorchard.co.uk

Other Events... 

Friday 9th October (& each Friday evening until November 13th incld.)
Birkbeck Free Lecture Series: 
What do we know about the status of our wildlife?

6.30pm - 8pm, Birkbeck University of London, Theatre B36


Discover more about the methods used to monitor wildlife distribution and trends and what makes for a successful scheme.

Enquiries: Dave Dawson - ecssoc@gmail.com

 

Saturday 17th October
Wandle Futures Workshop

2.30pm - 6pm, Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD


Join others with a passion for the Wandle Valley to debate and discuss it's future. You are also invited to join a guided walk of Watermeads at 12.45pm. Find out more and register HERE


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.

Enquiries: joycepountain@virginmedia.com
 

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!

Enquiries: sustainablemerton@googlemail.com

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.

Enquiries: auriel.glanville@btopenworld.com

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 -chairman@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 020 3286 2896 or The Secretary - secretary@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk / 0774 785 0940.

Website: wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk

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 sustainablemerton.org for more information about each event. 

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We always love to know what our supporters 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 sustainablemerton@googlemail.com. Thank you! 
 

All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!
 
 

                                


 

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