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Newsletter: October 2014

Keep up to date with all the latest from Sustainable Merton!

Welcome to all our supporters and members and thank you to all those who have volunteered their time and energy over the last month!

This month, read all about the success of Abundance Fruit Day 2014 and learn more about the climate march we took part in alongside 40,000 (+) campaigners. We also have an update from Merton Green Parents, new dates for your diaries and lots more!

Our office in Morden Hall Park is open Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am - 3pm, so pop in to have a chat and find out more about local sustainability issues & projects.


  • Dates For Your Diary 
  • News & Info:
    • Success for Excess! - Read all about this year's Abundance Fruit Day celebrations!  (More...)
    • The Peoples' Climate March - Sustainable Merton take to London's streets to campaign for action against climate change (More...)
    • Merton Green Parents - A year on from the first meet up, organiser Abby updates us on the latest from the group (More...)
    • UK Community Energy Awards - The Winners Are Revealed! (More...)
  • Reminders:
    • Keep Digging For Merton - Community gardening this Autumn (More...)
    • The Big London Energy Switch - It's auction time again! (More...
    • Love Halloween, Hate Waste - Make your spooky celebrations more sustainable this year (More...)
  • Regular Events
  • Comments & Suggestions

Dates For Your Diary

Upcoming events in and around Merton...

Thursday 9th October
Morden Community Forum
7.15pm, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX

Community Forums are for local people with an interest in the local area. Have your say on community issues and take the opportunity to get answers from council officials and councillors.

The current chair of the Morden Community Forum is Councillor Philip Jones.

If there any issues you would like to be discussed, please contact Merton Council on 020 8274 4901, or leave a comment the Morden Community Forum Facebook page.

Saturday 11th October
Wimbledon & Raynes Park Clean Ups
10am - 12pm (see below for details of both locations)

Two clean ups are taking place on Saturday 11th October to promote both the Merton Street Champions and Community Clean Ups campaigns.

1) Wimbledon: Meeting at Haydon’s Road Recreation Ground car park. The area will cover up to Plough Lane and come back through the nature trail by Waterside Way, into North Road and back to the initial meeting point.

2) Raynes Park: Meeting on West Barnes Lane at the junction with Bodnant Gardens. The clean up will be covering West Barnes Lane, through Raynes Park town centre, into Grand Drive, up Bushey Road and back through Tesco to the meeting point.

Gloves, bags and litter pickers will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please contact John Ball on 0208 545 3189 or via

Saturday 11th October
Autumn Show @ Mitcham Horticultural Society
2pm, St Mark's Church Hall, St Mark's Road, Mitcham CR4 2LF

Join Mitcham Horticultural Society for their annual Autumn Show. FREE entry.

Refreshments available, including home-made cakes.

For more information call 020 8640 3659 or email:

Tuesday 14th October
Mitcham Community Forum
7.15pm, Vestry Hall, Cricket Green, 336-338 London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD


Community Forums are for local people – anyone with an interest in the local area is invited to attend these free meetings. Issues raised at Community Forum meetings will be taken up by the responsible organisation to follow up and report back on how problems are resolved.

The current chair of the Mitcham Community Forum is Councillor Ian Munn.

‘Like’ the Mitcham Community Forum Facebook Page to find out the latest news and join the conversation.

Tuesday 14th October
Campaign Against Climate Change Working Meeting
7pm,  Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London WC1X 8QY

The Campaign against Climate Change invites everyone – people and organisations – to attend this working meeting to be a part of the climate movement which is 'back, and bigger than ever before'! 

Saturday 18th October
'Persevering with Father Thames'
2.15pm, Christ Church Hall, Cottenham Park Road, Wimbledon SW20 0HG

The Wimbledon National Trust Association talks ‘Persevering with
Father Thames’ by Bob Wells.

In October 2006 Bob spoke to ‘My Merton’ about his finds from the tidal foreshores of the Upper Thames, collected over 30 years. This is a welcome update on recent treasures and their stories from our much threatened river.

Tickets £3 members and £3.50 for non-members.

Saturday 20th September
Free Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Collection
11am - 2pm, St. Mark's Church Garden & Hall, St. Mark's Place, Wimbledon SW19 7ND


This is an opportunity for BID (Business Improvement District) businesses to have all your Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment collected from your business FREE of charge.

Love Wimbledon’s last FREE WEEE collection was a huge success, with 22 BID businesses taking the opportunity to recycle their electronic goods. The collections take place every 3 months and are part of Love Wimbledon’s recycling service launched in partnership with First Mile Ltd.

Just call First Mile on 0800 612 9894 to book a collection and they will collect items from inside your premises – it couldn’t be easier!

All of your unwanted electrical items will be recycled, including items that contain hazardous materials. Items collected include: keyboards, computers/laptops, telephones, TVs, printers & fridges

To check if an item is recyclable, call First Mile on 0800 612 9894 or email

Tuesday 21st October
Colliers Wood Community Forum
7.15pm, St Joseph's Church Hall, 63 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2JF 

Community Forums are for local people – anyone with an interest in the local area is invited to attend these free meetings. Issues raised at Community Forum meetings will be taken up by the responsible organisation to follow up and report back on how problems are resolved.

The current chair of the Colliers Wood and North East Mitcham Community Forum is Councillor Greg Udeh.

‘Like’ the Colliers Wood Community Forum Facebook page to find out more about the latest newest and join the conversation.

Visit for inspiration!

Friday 14th November
Make a Morsbag
10.30am - 12.30pm, Stitch Up, 130 Arthur Road, Wimbledon SW19 8AA 

Come and make a shopping bag – a positive way to reduce the need for harmful plastic bags!

Equipment, instructions, fabric & refreshments provided.

£5 per person

Booking essential – Call 020 8946 2514 or email

News & Info

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

Success for Excess! 

A huge congratulations to Joyce, Juliet and the Abundance Wimbledon team for the fantastic event they put together to celebrate their 4th annual Abundance Fruit Day!

Many local people came along to join in the fun and there was a real buzz at St Mark's Church hall & garden, Wimbledon. The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina was present (alongside other Merton councillors) to open the event and spoke very supportively of the project and the work of those involved.

A large amount of excess fruit picked locally was used to make freshly pressed apple juice, jams, chutneys, fruit cakes and more, which were sold to raise funds for the project. The children had great fun helping to press the apples and over 50 litres of juice was produced! There was also the chance for visitors to make their own fruit pies from the fruit collected for the event.

The raffle was very successful, with the 1st prize being a £25 voucher generously donated by Elys (who also ran a stall displaying cooking & storage equipment) and the International Ukulele Orchestra entertained the crowds with lively music throughout the day.

Two new features this year were the Toasted Pip – providing tea, coffee and soup to visitors and the Abundant Art project, which Eco-Artist Clare Misselbrook tells us more about...

"The sustainable movement is all about people getting involved in the community and using their different skills to contribute. Abundant Art invited artists and young people to sketch the activities at the Abundance fair to publicise the aims of the movement. By getting artists involved and displaying these works in Elys windows, it engaged peoples' imaginations. People who didn't make it to the event were able to see a glimpse of the fun and good that the Abundance movement does."
Along side the drawings was a tree made by Clare from recycled food packaging and magazines. Her "Eco-artwork" shares the same sustainable vision as she attempts to educate about the environment through the medium of art.

We were pleased to have many people visit our stall to chat about local sustainability issues/projects, pick up their free energy monitors and enjoy our compost making demonstrations. We'd also like to say a big thank you to all of those who volunteered their time to help out on the day!


The Peoples' Climate March

On Sunday 21st September, the Sustainable Merton team took to London’s streets to take part in the Peoples’ Climate March 2014!

More than 10,000 people were expected to take part in London, but co-organiser Avaaz later claimed that at least 40,000 people had participated!

Months ago, Avaaz set what they believed was a crazy goal – the largest mobilisation on climate change in history. The 2,000+ marches which took place across the globe on Sunday blew their wildest expectations, with a combined gathering 6 times the size of anything seen before!

Over 675,000 of us marched around the world – an amazing demonstration of the huge numbers of people calling for ‘a society powered by 100% safe, clean energy’ to reduce the global impact of climate change.

The demonstrations came ahead of a summit held on Tuesday 23rd September for 125 heads of state and government at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The crucial Paris climate summit is 15 months from now, which is where a global deal will need to be made. Every few months until then, Avaaz will be calling us together to continue to ‘beat a drum for change that our leaders can only follow'.

Visit our Photo Gallery to see more from the London March.

All the Latest From Merton Green Parents...

Organiser Abby tells us what the group has been up to and how you can join the reusable nappy revolution!

It’s been a year since Merton Green Parents was set up. In that year we have had many parents join us at our regular Wednesday morning meet ups, we’ve run two green parenting promotion events and set up a nappy library.
The reusable nappy library is ready for loans! 

Why reusable nappies? It is estimated that the average baby will go through between 4,000 and 5,000 nappies between birth and potty training. That’s a lot of money and the world’s resources literally being thrown away. Switching to reusables can help with both reducing the impact on the planet and your pocket.

If you like the idea of using reusable nappies but don’t know where to start, Merton Green Parents can give you a personalised demo and lend you a set of nappies to try. For the loans we only ask for a fully refundable deposit of £50 and demos are free. There is also usually at least one reusable nappy user at our Wednesday meet ups who will happily give advice!

In the coming months we are planning a clothes swap event – have a clear out of your wardrobe and get some 'new to you' clothes all at once! We will also be holding a party in the New Year to help beat the January blues. Keep an eye out for more info on these events on our Facebook page or follow us on twitter @MGreeenParents.

Don’t forget our meet ups on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 am at Coffee in the Wood, 99-101 High Street, Collier’s Wood.

Come along for cake and a natter! 


UK Community Energy Awards 2014

On 22nd September 2014, winners of the first ever UK Community Energy Awards were announced at a ceremony in Oxford Town Hall.

‘The awards celebrate and recognise 
the outstanding dedication and achievements made by community energy organisations, their staff and volunteers in improving the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, reducing fuel poverty and making renewable energy affordable for all’.

There are now around 5,000 organisations involved in community energy, including Co-operatives, Industrial Provident Societies, Community Interest Companies, Charities and unconstituted groups, with many relying on volunteers working incredibly hard to provide services in a tough financial climate.

Organisers of the awards therefore saw this as an opportunity to recognise and applaud the work and achievements of organisations and individuals helping communities to ‘take control of their energy bills and transform the energy system’.

The winners were decided by a panel of community energy experts and you can find out who these were, plus more about each organisation by visiting the UK Community Energy Awards website.

Congratulations to all!


Keep Digging for Merton! 

Autumn may be here but don't let that stop you from getting outside (come rain or shine) and enjoying the spirit of community gardening with Dig Merton! 

Although the frosts usually begin to arrive, there is still lots to do this month, so wrap up warm and join in to help harvest and store away fruit & veg to eat through winter.

Take a look at the 'Allotments & Gardens' October Growing Guide for inspiration, and email us at to find out where your nearest Dig Merton project is happening NOW!

The Big London Energy Switch: Are you paying too much for your gas and electricity?

Merton Council is one of 23 London boroughs working together to secure cheaper gas and electricity bills for residents through The Big London Energy Switch collective switching scheme.

The scheme helps take the hassle out of switching energy provider by seeking the best prices on offer from the energy suppliers on behalf of Merton residents. Each registered resident receives a personalised offer that they can choose to accept or decline.

Love Halloween, Hate Waste!

As you get ready to celebrate Halloween at the end of the month, remember to think about how you can use up and recycle your pumpkins.  

Once you've carved your best creations, you'll have lots of flesh leftover, much of which goes to waste and contributes to the negative impact of food waste on the environment.

To enjoy your Halloween guilt free and save money by wasting less food this month, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website where you'll find lots of simple and delicious pumpkin recipes to try out! 

More Ways to Stay In Touch... 

Visit the new website for all the latest from Sustainable Merton and join us on Facebook to receive our Tip of the Week, share your ideas with others and hear more about sustainability issues within Merton and beyond.

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 and an opportunity to exchange ideas and plan how to make Merton a healthier, happier and more sustainable place. 

Come along to next month’s meet up to chat about issues such as these and to add your name to the mailing list for monthly updates! Email for more information and 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 at 12.30pm)

Are you keen to get involved in community food growing in Merton? Want to enjoy the benefits of working on local land?

Dig Merton are looking for new recruits to join the Phipps Bridge Allotments community garden crew!

Come along every Wednesday and help maintain the garden, which now produces a regular supply of fruit and vegetables. All ages welcome and no experience needed. 

Access via the alleyway at the end of New Close (SW19) - follow the Dig Merton signs.

Contact Kevin on 07774 698950 for more info.

Merton Green Parents
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. The group (for parents and children) regularly meet up to share hints, tips and recommendations for environmentally friendly parenting, supporting each other through their parenting and sustainable journeys.

To join the group and for information about meet up times, visit the Merton Green Parents Facebook page or follow them on twitter @MGreenParents.

Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association
1st Monday of the month, 7.30pm, The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

The Wimbledon Division of the Surrey Beekeepers' Association is an organisation of Beekeepers, who operate in the London Borough of Merton and its surrounding areas.  Each year, they organise beginners’ courses and a variety of educational and social events for members.

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.

Rag Rug Making

Come along and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. 

To find out when the next session is call Thelma on 020 8540 2536

'Make Your Own Shopping Bag' Sessions

Anyone can join this friendly group, learn some basic sewing techniques or help others to do so. People can bring along their own fabric or choose from the range of beautiful fabrics there. Bags are made using the Mors Bag template. 

For more information, please contact

The Energy Group

This group aims to help people reduce their domestic energy bills. The group has held lectures and a draught proofing session, and has organized visits to homes being upgraded to a high level of energy efficiency. 

If you would like to find out more, contact

Colliers Wood Community Garden
Fridays 10am - 12noon & 2.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am - 12noon at the back of Christ Church hall, 58 Christchurch Road, London SW19 2NY

Join Keith and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact

Free Bicycle Surgeries
Last Sunday of the month, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey, SW19 2RR

No need to book, just pop into the garden for a free check-up for your bike. 

For more information, contact Louisa on or tel. 020 8543 5300.

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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