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 Local action for a low carbon future

Newsletter: May 2016

All the latest from Sustainable Merton!

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What's new? 
- Let there be water! Mitcham Orchard secures funding for a new water pipe!
- We head out of the borough with the LSx team for the annual TryCycle Twickenham event 
- Tom spreads the word about gardening for health and well being to Mitcham's school teachers
- Volunteers take to their local community gardens for The Big Dig 2016
- Merton Green Parents share their knowledge and tips at the group's Nappy Advice Day

What's On? 
- Come along to our fundraising *QUIZ NIGHT* to help support and celebrate our local projects!  
- Boots to the ready for National Walking Month!

Mitcham Orchard's Clare working hard at this year's Big Dig!

News & Info

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

Mitcham Orchard secures funding for a new water pipe!
"We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many of you in our attempt to reach our Spacehive campaign target of £2,318!

60 of you kindly donated to the cause in the past ten days and we have also received offers from four other donors, so that we are now confident we have reached our goal. THANK YOU so much for your generosity and support, it means a great deal to me all the team" - Tom Walsh
Sustainable Merton goes to TryCycle Twickenham
On 10th April, Sustainable Merton's Tom Walsh and Curt Brown (Air Quality Leader) joined the London Sustainability Exchange to promote cycling to work at this year's TryCycle Twickenham event. This was also an opportunity for us to inform the public about the air quality monitoring work we are carrying out in Merton.
Read Curt's full blog post >>>
Chatting to visitors all of all ages about the benefits of cycling
Click HERE to find out more about why 'Biking is Better for Business' and how to sign up for FREE Urban Cycle Skills sessions being offered this month!
Health & Well-Being Day

On 11th April, Tom Walsh led a number of gardening workshops for staff of Mitcham schools as part of their Health and Well-Being Day.

A lot of positive feedback was received about what was useful, including how gardening can be used to support a curriculum, how to use gardening tools properly and safely, and learning more about the work that Sustainable Merton does.

Attendees enjoyed the practical part of the session and most said they would be interested in learning more about gardening for well-being. 

View our PHOTO ALBUM here >>>
The Big Dig 2016!
Phipps Bridge Community Garden
Around 50 volunteers of all ages and gardening abilities joined our Big Dig this year! Events took place at three of our community gardens to prepare for the growing season, and all who came along did a fantastic job!

 "The children were keen to learn about gardening and excited to plant strawberries and spring onions. They are now eager to see how the garden will grow and what it will produce!" - Lizzie, Sustainable Merton
Lavender Ave. Community Gardens
Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens
Merton Green Parents: Nappy Advice Day!  
Organiser Abby tells us about the group's successful drop-in event
"We had a great day at the Gooseberry Bush Cafe talking to parents about the joys of cloth nappies and parenthood in general. Everyone from a dad of a 4 day old baby to someone looking for advice on potty training pants came along! It's going to be a busy few months with nappy hires but we are still able to do one-to-one demos, or come to our weekly Wednesday meet-up to chat about cloth nappies and more!"

New mum, and Sustainable Merton trustee, Rachel (right) views the range with a friend
Find out what the group has planned for the coming months HERE >>>
It's National Walking Month!

This May, Living Streets want everyone to try and fit an extra 20 minutes of walking in each day.

Pledge to #Try20 to feel the many physical and mental health benefits of walking. Enjoy a little more fresh air and discover new people and places in your local community!
Take your pick from the days & times listed here >>>

Dates For Your Diary

Get involved at local events organised by ourselves & other organisations

Friday 27th May, 7.30pm

** Sustainable Merton's QUIZ NIGHT **

The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX

*Please CLICK HERE for more information

Saturday 21st May

Herbs for Teas Workshop @ Sutton Community Farm
10.30am - 12.30pm, 40 Telegraph Track, Wallington SM6 0SH

Learn more about herbs being farmed for seasonal tea blends, including identification of seasonal varieties, harvesting and drying. Find out more >>>
Enquiries: /  07876 245661
Saturday 22nd Mary
Chelsea Fringe Fete @ the South London Botanical Institute

2pm - 5pm, 323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ

Visit the garden and cafe to see historical plant specimens and rare botanical books. Books and plants for sale, plus tea, cakes and home made botanical ice creams! more >>>     Enquiries: / 020 8674 5787

Other events from the South London Botanical Institute:

Weds 25th May - 'This Changes Everything' (outdoor screening) more >>>
1st, 8th & 15th June - Grasses in their local habitats course more >>>

Click HERE for events calendars & newsletters from local groups

If you have any news or events you would like us to share with our supporters, please contact Lizzie - our  Publicity & Communications intern via 

Regular Events

Local events taking place each week/month...

Nelson Gardens
Every first Saturday of the month, High Path SW19 2JY

Join the High Path Community Association team to help maintain the garden and historic land. Enquiries: Cypren - / 07772 999870

Green Coffee
1st Tuesday of the month (usually), 9.30 - 11am, Wibbas Down Inn, 
6 Gladstone Road, Wimbledon SW19 1QT

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.

Lavender Avenue Community Gardens

Sundays, 11am - 1pm, Lavender Avenue/Mortimer Road, Mitcham CR4 3HH

Join your local community gardening group to help grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Enquiries: Michelle - / 07733 266073

Christchurch Community Garden

Fridays, 10am - 12pm, 58 Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood SW19 2NY 

Join local volunteers at the weekly workday to help with general maintenance and upkeep of the garden. Please contact Lesley via 
020 8544 9511 beforehand to let her know you will be coming along.

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

** Please Note ** Merton Green Drinks is on hold until further notice as a new location is being found for this event. 

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!


Comments & Suggestions

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All the best from the Sustainable Merton team!



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