Green Coffee     January  2020

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who came to January Green Coffee.

The next Green Coffee will be on Tuesday 4th February 9.30am - 11am.

Everyone with an interest in local environmental concerns is welcome to come along. We'll be sitting just inside the Gladstone Rd entrance, on the raised area. The Wibbas Down is the J.D. Wetherspoon pub with entrances from both Russell Road and Gladstone Road, SW19 1QT.

PLEASE NOTE: The Green Coffee Update covers whatever views are expressed by individuals at the meeting. Indeed, Green Coffee members often have different views on topics. The newsletter does not verify information or web links, so it's up to you to challenge views or correct information - and if you can't make it along, you are very welcome to send in your comments for discussion at the next meeting.
Dowload the latest from: 
Sustainable Merton (Dec)  HERE
Kingston Environment News HERE

News at January Green Coffee
 1. Freeshare at Green Coffee
2. Guidelines for Green Coffee 2020
3. Newsletter Submissions
4. Joyce's new contact details
Recycling and Waste
5. Party Kit Network
6. Refill Merton

Green Spaces
7. A new master plan for Wimbledon and Putney Commons 
Other Merton News
8. Merton's Climate Emergency-Update
9. Inaugural General Meeting of the Wimbledon Neighbourhood Planning Group
10. 50 Easy hacks to change your life in 2020
11. The Loving Earth Project
12. Merton's Business Network for Climate Action 

News from elsewhere
13. 5G Concerns
What's On at a glance?

Jan - March
Winter tree planting

at various locations

Jan 22nd
Refill Merton

Jan 25th
Inaugural General Meeting of the 
Wimbledon Neighbourhood Planning

Feb - March
Loving Earth Project workshops


Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

 1. FreeShare at Green Coffee 
This is where you can pass on unwanted items - and maybe pick up something for free! 

This month we had:
Shampoo; homemade marmalade; corks; chocolate; envelopes; apples; 2020 diary; tealights; potpourri and an animal feeder! Thank you to Alison, Susan, Susanna, Juliet, Heather and Lynda for sharing.

2. Guidelines for Green Coffee 2020
As we do at the beginning of each year, we discussed Green Coffee - how it is organised and what it covers. An additional point has been added regarding topics (see below), yet on the whole the group remains satisfied with the existing guidelines which are as follows;  

FOCUS: Green Coffee will continue to focus mainly on local environmental topics. National or international news can be mentioned briefly, with links to more information.

DIFFERENCES: Members occasionally take opposing views on an issue. Green Coffee respects these different views and reports on them rather than taking sides.

PURPOSE: Green Coffee is not a campaigning group. However, it will publicise local environmental campaigns and provide a forum for discussion and networking. Everyone is busy with their own campaigns and groups, so members should not be made to feel pressurised into taking action or taking 'a side'.
TALKING: Please introduce yourself to the group before speaking. If any discussion is losing its focus or is going on too long, people will be asked to wind up discussions. People are asked to limit updates to new information, rather than going over old ground. Anyone visiting the group to tell us about an initiative should be advised in advance that they'll have a limited time to talk (usually 5-10 minutes maximum).
POLITICS: Although Green Coffee members are often politically active, party politics should be kept out of discussions. Politicians are welcome to contribute to discussions about particular issues. However, any situation promoting an individual or a particular political viewpoint should be avoided, particularly in the run up to elections. 

INFORMATION SHARING: Email addresses are shared amongst people attending any Green Coffee meeting, to allow further discussion of meeting topics and must not be used for any other purpose or forwarded to other people. Email addresses of Green Coffee members are not usually shared with the wider network, unless permission is given.

TOPICS: It was agreed that should a member discuss a particular topic and others would also like to contribute to this topic then they bring the discussion to the table at this point. This will avoid the same topic being reiterated at different points throughout the meeting. 

3. Newsletter Submissions 
This is a reminder that all submissions to the newsletter need to be sent to Ellie @ by noon the Tuesday after the meeting. 

4. Joyce's new contact details
Sadly, Joyce has now left for Scotland leaving behind England and Green Coffee. We had a fantastic evening on Friday 10th January to wish Joyce farewell and I’d like to thank Ruth and Juliet for organising and hosting such a lovely tribute to Joyce.  Joyce’s new email is; should you wish to keep in contact with her on an informal basis. 

Recycling & waste

5. Party Kit Network
Disposal partyware has become the norm at parties. Many parents buy colourful, disposable partyware making tidying up at the end of the party easy, however for a party for 30, this means an average of 100 items going to landfill. The network encourages people to hire partyware kits (plastic plates, cups and other items), to use, wash and return to the lenders thus reducing waste. For more info about the network, to find kits in your area or to set up your own party kit hire click HERE

6. Refill Merton 
Refill is a national award-winning scheme by City to Sea that tackles plastic pollution at the source. Research shows that despite more people than ever carrying reusable water bottles, over 71% of us feel uncomfortable asking for a refill if we’re not buying something at the same time. Through the Refill App, Refill empowers people to ask for free tap water by connecting them with businesses where this is welcomed. By displaying a window sticker, Merton residents can easily identify friendly local Refill Stations. Sustainable Merton are championing this campaign in Merton with the launch on Wednesday 22nd January, 11am-2pm, Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon (outside Lakeland). Please do come along to show your support and learn more about the campaign. To download the app please click HERE

Green spaces

7. A new master plan for Wimbledon and Putney Commons
The 'Commons for the Next Generation, Green Space for All’ project to develop a new master plan for the Commons was officially launched on the 1st November 2019. The Heritage Lottery Fund which manages the commons would now like to hear the views of the public on these green spaces and their current visitor offer. For more information on the project and to carry out the survey which should take approx 10 minutes please click HERE

Other Merton news

8. Merton's Climate Emergency-Update 
Please see LINK to the page on the London Borough of Merton’s website with information about the Climate Emergency work. This includes information about the Climate Emergency in general, an update on the development of the Climate Action Plan and the proposed next steps. The Climate Emergency Working Group which have assisted the council thus far in creating a strategy are nearing the end of their initial commitment, having met 3 times out of the 4 proposed with the last meeting to be held in February. To read more information about the meetings and read the minutes please click HERE

9. Inaugural General Meeting of the Wimbledon Neighbourhood Planning Group.
An invitation has been issued to the above meeting on Saturday 25th January 2020 @ 3pm. Venue: Hillside Church 37 Worple Road SW19 4JZ (on Worple Road near to the corner with Raymond Road). The key objective of the the Group is to form a recognised Neighbourhood Forum which would prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the Wimbledon Area to promote the environmental, social and economic well-being of the Area, taking into account the interests of all who use Wimbledon, including both businesses and residents. If you would like to attend and would like details of the agenda in full please RSVP to Jonathan Parker @

10. 50 Easy hacks to change your life in 2020.
Starting January on a positive and proactive note, Linda has shared with us ‘50 easy hacks to change your life in 2020’. The first section is on the Environment and has a few useful and easy tips to adopt and to share with others. Please click HERE to read the full article.

11. The Loving Earth Project
The Loving Earth Project is running sewing workshops in Wimbledon Library during February and March from 2-4 pm. The dates are as follows; Tuesday 11th, 18th and 25th February and Tuesday 3rd March. In addition to the workshops there will also be an information evening on Tuesday 11th February 5-6 pm. For more information on the project please click HERE

12. Merton's Business Network for Climate Action
Sustainable Merton and Merton Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create the above network which officially launched on 16th January. The aim of the Network is to connect businesses who are serious about taking action on the climate emergency, to share their experiences and challenges and hear about useful resources, services and products to help them on their journey. The event was sponsored by Wimbledon Centre Court Shopping as part of their year to celebrate social and environmental commitments. 33% of all emissions in the borough come from businesses and in a recent survey Merton Council found that over 50% of businesses who responded to the survey said they felt responsible for climate change and could make a difference. If you own a business or the company you work for would like more information on the network please email Ellie @

News from elsewhere

13. 5G Concerns
With the pending installation of 5G in Merton, Ingrid would like to share with us the following document; ‘Biological Effects and Health Hazards of Microwave Radiation’ published in 1973. Please click HERE to view the document in full. In addition, Ingid has also shared a link to a documentary, '5G next generation health dangers', which can be viewed in full HERE


Jan & Feb
Winter tree planting

Every winter, Merton Tree Wardens (TWGM) organise plantings of trees and greenery.  TWGM has won funding from the GLA to help  Friends of Figges Marsh & Friends of Ravensbury Park to plant trees. Find out more HERE. Or contact  Please do RSVP for each event to let people know you are coming. The planting dates are:

Jan 18th, 19th Ravensbury Park
Meet in the park on bridge over the River Wandle. Access from Wandle Rd, Morden Rd (near mill & medical centre).

Jan 25th & 26th London/Victoria Rd
Planting hedges - Meet in the park opposite the junction

Feb 29th & March 1st Streatham/Manship Rd
Planting copses - Meet at the junction.The work will include planting, watering, mulching & fixing stakes & cages for the standard trees.

first Mondays  7.30pm
Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association
The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road  SM4 5JD
Find out more HERE

every Tuesday, 1pm until 3pm.
Tony Drakeford's Bird Walks
various locations
Walk ends at 2.30pm, with refreshments at a cafe. 
Venues include: Wimbledon Common, Morden Hall Park, Richmond Park, Bushey Park, and Kingston.
Contact: Tony on 07904487574 to find out the next meeting place.

every Wednesday 10.30am - 12.30pm
Looking after Morden Park
Litter picking and looking after the flower beds and trees. Please get in touch with Liz  at or tel. 07891 889 389. Please note - this is Morden Park (behind South Thames College, London Rd) - not Morden Hall Park. 

every Wednesday  10.30am - 2pm
Phipp’s Bridge Community Garden
SW19 2SY
Find out more HERE

Third Thursdays from 7pm
Morden Hall Park Nature Group
Snuff Mill Education Centre, Morden Hall Park.

Find out more HERE.

first Thursday of the month at 8.00pm (except August) 
Merton Cycling Campaign meeting
All Saints Centre, All Saints Road, SW19 1BX
Meet other cyclists, find out about rides and other events and the latest on campaigns. Please contact Kathryn, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email

third Thursdays   from 7pm
Morden Hall Park Nature Group
Snuff Mill Education Centre, Morden Hall Park 
Find out more HERE.

fourth Thursdays
Green Drinks
The Garden Shed pub,  147 Haydons Road  SW19 1AN 
For more information, please contact the organiser Kirsten at

every Friday 10-12am
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood SW19 2NY
For more information, please contact Lesley at

second Fridays   from 9.00 - 11am
John Innes Gardening Group
JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday of the month. Meet up by the mulberry tree. Bring secateurs and a trowel. For more information, please contact  Jo Pfeifer at

every Friday & Sunday  12noon - 4pm
May Project Gardens
159 Middleton Rd, Morden  SM4 6RW
Food growing & cooking skills for all ages. Enjoy a freshly prepared, free, vegan meal on site, at the end of each day. Contact 

every Saturday, 9am-1pm
Wimbledon Farmers’ Market
Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ 
Find out more HERE

first Saturdays,  11am onwards
Litter Pick - Wimbledon town centre
Meets at 11am at The Garden Shed in Haydons Rd. Bags, tools and gloves are provided. For more information, please contact

second Saturdays  11am onwards
Litter Pick - St Helier ward
Bags and pickers are provided, but BYO gloves. The meeting place changes every time, so please contact the organiser Pippa at or mo. 07939 816296.

Colliers Wood Walking Group 
Meet outside Donald Hope Library or Colliers Wood station
Usually on the first Sunday of the month, meeting up about 9.45am - but times and dates do vary a bit. So please contact Rita on 0208 540 1560 for further details.

first Sundays  from 10am - 12 noon
Wimbledon Common Nature Club
Information Centre in Wimbledon Common
For children, aged 6 - 14. Arrive at 9.50am. £2 per session. Different topics covered each month. For more info, contact Auriel Glanville, Club Leader at 07837910072 or 020 8540 6154/07837910072

The programme of meetings in the rest of 2019 is:
1st Dec - Natural seasonal decorations

first Sundays from 10am
Friends of Ravensbury Park - Workday
meet at the the central bridge
For more information, call Jane tel. 07773 406 105.  Or

third Sundays from 10am
Friends of The Canons - Workday
Madeira Rd, Mitcham
Meet at the pond near the leisure centre carpark. For more information, call John 07739 513948.

last Sundays
LITTER PICK - Colliers Wood
Meet at Colliers Wood tube at 11am
All equipment provided. Please contact Tom Killick on 07821 882380 or for more details.


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