Thanks to everyone for contributing to an excellent March Green Coffee - and especially to Freddie who joined us for the first time.
We heard about Ryan's new Teratrees project encouraging children's tree planting projects, as well as a regular litter pick in Wandle Park, a heartening tale about how to engage your community and a report on a tag which lets you track air quality throughout your day. And lots more!
Next Green Coffee will be on Tues 4th April 2017 from 9.30 to 11am at the Wibbas Down Inn. The meeting after that will be on Tues 2nd May.
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.
March Green Coffee - news
Recycling & Waste
1. Litter Picking - Wandle & beyond
Lesley reported that the last litter pick went well. The council helped by removing recyclables and non-recyclables. This is going to be a regular event, on the last Sunday of each month. Further details under REGULAR EVENTS below. Tom K organises this and is happy to lend out their six litter picking sticks. Contact him at email@example.com
There seems to be a particular problem with lots of beer cans in green spaces, with someone picking up 8 sackfuls of them around Deen City Farm. There is a lot of rubbish around the railway lines, but access has to be negotiated with Network Rail (or probably TfL for the tramline), which is not easy to achieve. However, if an opportunity arises such as when the tram is closed for a few days, this should be taken up. Fly-tipping is a big problem, with hotspots including two in Morden town centre and an alleyway between Woodside and Alexandra Rd, which is blocked with rubbish and no-one seems to take responsibility for it.
2. Top Tips - house clearance & computer problems
Green Coffee member Margaret gave the following recommendations:
House clearance - Green Bee Environmental Services did a brilliant job removing stuff. Contact them tel. 07795 060251 or see website HERE.
Computer Problems Procom Computers, based at 53 St Helier Avenue. Margaret said "It is run by a couple and the woman was just great today sorting out the complete shambles my computer was in."
3. Terracycle your Waste
Terracycle will recycle many things not normally recyclable. Items have to be taken to collection points. Carole has reported that the New Malden fire station collects the items below and money raised is donated to the Firefighters Charity and to Surrey Bat Rescue. Carole has kindly offered to drop off stuff at the fire station (just return email to arrange).
4. Re-using... dry cleaning wrapping & corks
The fine plastic wrapping often put around drycleaned items is wanted in sculpture/pottery classes, to wrap around unfinished items, to stop them from drying out. If you have any, please don't throw it away - bring it along to Green Coffee or Abundance meetings and Alyson will take it to her class.
- Tassimo - TDISCs and outer packaging
- Any brand of baby food pouches
- Any brand of biscuit wrapper
- Any brand of coffee packaging
- Any brand of air and homecare packaging - includes caps of detergent bottles & spray tops of furniture polish (both not recycled by councils)
Also, Alyson is collecting bottle corks - so rather than putting them in the bin, please save them up and pass them on to Alyson.
5. Waste Collection Update
At a recent meeting of the Sustainable Communities and Transport Partnership, there was an update on the new waste collection system. From 1st April, Veolia will take over waste collection from four councils - Merton, Croydon, Sutton and Kingston. Wheelie bins will not be introduced to Merton until October 2018, which means hopefully any problems should be sorted out in the other boroughs before then. Any complaints should continue to go to the council, which will pass them on to the appropriate person in Veolia. If things are not sorted out, people will not be told to 'speak to Veolia', but should go through the usual channels - council officers, councillors.
Merton will be divided into three areas - one stretching from Wimbledon Park through Wimbledon to Raynes Park, the others from Colliers Wood through Mitcham to Pollards Hill, and the third from West Barnes to Ravensbury. A Neighbourhood Client Officer will be appointed for each area and they will sort out problems w.r.t waste collection, rubbish hotspots, fly-tipping, graffiti removal, green spaces, monitoring the work of the contractor through sampling, stakeholder engagement. Veolia is expected to be proactive in addressing problems e.g. installing a bin at a rubbish hotspot, providing information to residents etc.
The waste collection system for the four boroughs will be similar to that currently used in Kingston. It has one of the highest rates of recycling/composting household waste in London at 46%, compared with 35% in Merton, according to the London Datastore HERE.
6. Funds for Recycling Projects
Since being awarded the waste collection contract, Veolia has made available a fund of £50k to support community recycling projects. Each project could receive up to £1000 in cash, in kind resources, or volunteers for manual labour. Find out more HERE.
Growing & Green Spaces
7. groLOCAL - urban farm
David Charitos is growing micro-greens in a shipping container in a car park in Plough Lane! Using a hydroponics system, plants are grown in trays and receive carefully controlled amounts of water, nutrients and light. These have been sold at local farmers' markets and the plan is to seek outlets in local restaurants and shops. David is doing the development work on this system and is also developing growing units for restaurants and kitchens. Find out more HERE.
However, given the pending development in Plough Lane, groLOCAL will have to move, preferably to the centre of Wimbledon. Suggestions of where to move to include: Phipp's Bridge allotments, the site of the old community centre in St George's Rd (currently covered in buddleia), the grounds of a local school. We don't know if any of these are feasible. Please do let us know if you can think of other possible sites (by return email) and we'll pass these ideas on to David.
8. Community Gardens - Poplar School & Morden Rec?
Hear about the plans to create a community landscaped space beside Poplar School for both pupils and the community and about the horticultural activities and achievements of the pupils. The John Innes Society is hosting a talk by Katherine Davies and Joanna Pfeifer from Poplar Primary School at the Coach House on Wednesday March 22nd. Find out more under EVENTS below.
Cllr Pearce suggested to Joanna that a community garden could be started in Morden Rec - opposite Abbotsbury School. There is plenty of spare ground and it's owned by Merton Council, which would be happy for it to be used for e.g. vegetable growing. However, Cllr Pearce has not been able to find anyone living nearby to lead the project. This idea was passed on to Tom Walsh of Sustainable Merton. Although there is no longer any funding for this sort of project, Tom said he would take a look at it. Often, the main obstacle is finding people living nearby willing to lead community garden projects.
POST MEETING NOTE: the May Project had a community project in Morden Rec a few years ago and is prepared to look at the feasibility of a new one.
9. Teratrees for Schools!
The Teratrees website allows schools to run a mini-project that gets students to launch their own tree planting campaign. Students have to plan which species to plant and how many, and set prices for them. They then market this campaign to the local community who support it financially. These community members are then connected to each purchased species and to the school via the website. Once the campaign is finished, the trees are delivered and planted by the students, with the remaining funds of the campaign transferred to the school – find out more HERE.
This outdoor education project can connect to Science, Maths, Geography and Business Studies curriculums in schools, and has the larger aim of connecting students with nature and their local environment while allowing them to gain practical skills, responsibility and confidence.
Ryan (who runs the site) is looking for more schools to participate and is also talking to the Challenge Network who will run two campaigns in the London Borough of Brent - see HERE. Please do let Ryan know if you'd like to suggest a school - or want to know more - by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Abundance 2016
Sue reported that Abundance Wimbledon is underway again this year. Through Abundance, fruit that is growing in gardens around Wimbledon and surrounding areas is not left to waste but is picked, distributed and made into something wonderful! Sue oversees jam and chutney making and organises the jam stall at the annual event Fruit Day, which is on 16th Sept this year. Last year there were 570 jars at the stall - a fantastic achievement.
Lesley kindly offered to make a few jars of jam or chutney with some of the surplus pears and green tomatoes at Christ Church garden - and also offered to donate lots of rhubarb! If you are a jam maker, please let Sue know if you can donate a few jars to Abundance. All types of jam/chutney are welcome, especially anything unusual! Contact Sue at email@example.com. Please do get in touch with Abundance if you might have surplus fruit in your garden or would like to help with picking and distributing fruit to charities - firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Community Garden in Dundonald
The Wimbledon Guild runs a community garden between Dundonald Rd and Kingswood Rd - and they need more volunteers! Anyone can help - you don't need any prior experience and the days of working at the garden are flexible. So if you'd like to help or would like more information, please contact Nick at email@example.com. Or tel. 020 8946 0735.
12. Managing Green Spaces
Management of green spaces has already been outsourced to Idverde which has a community support officer and has money in a trust to improve the community. Around 60 staff were transferred from the council to idverde, with the council retaining a small number of high level, experienced officers to manage the outsourcing contracts - see article on Sustainable Merton website HERE
13. Experiences with an Air Quality Tag
Susanna now has a tag from Clean Space which measures carbon monoxide levels, which generally correlate with the levels of other air pollutants. The tag measurements generate a graph showing your reading at any one time and can identify the exact time of any peak readings. Interestingly, Susanna's peak readings have almost all been while in the car rather than when cycling, with one peak reading in a friends' house! You are sent an email when your readings go into the Red/High zone. It also tracks the miles you have travelled every day, distinguishing between clean miles and dirty miles. Find the CleanSpace web site HERE - tags are free to London Cycling Campaign members.
14. FoE Clean Air Campaign
Friends of the Earth has launched a Clean Air kit to help people understand what air pollution issues exist in their neighbourhood and to contribute to a nationwide picture. These kits measure NO2 levels so that people can understand where the pollution hotspots are in their neighbourhootds and measurements will help to build a national picture of air pollution. Find out more and order your kit HERE - these are free to London Cycling Campaign members.
FoE has launched two leaflets giving guidance on how to reduce exposure and what you can do to support the campaign. This includes the target of removing diesel vehicles from the roads by 2025, investing in cleaner cars and public transport. Find out more about the campaign HERE If you could put these leaflets in some public place, please get them from Auriel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Coffee members joined Auriel to congratulate Tom K for his excellent letter to the Wimbledon Guardian about air pollution in Merton - see it HERE
Infrastructure - built & transport
15. Future Wimbledon
The recent meeting of the Sustainable Communities and Transport Partnership, there was also an update on Future Wimbledon. There is currently a lot of development, as Wimbledon is a popular place, Crossrail 2 is expected and many 60s buildings are coming to the end of their life. Three excellent workshops have been held, with a total of 250 attendees, mainly older generation. So they need to engage younger people and more from business.
Whilst there was a lot of agreement on what was good and bad in Wimbledon, there was little agreement about the future. The consultation on the Wimbledon Town Centre masterplan will be in the summer, probably before the Crossrail 2 consultation. We should consider three phases of work – things we can do now; mid-2020s when major development is ongoing; after Crossrail 2 opens.
It was mentioned at Green Coffee that this government seems not to be prioritising Crossrail 2, leading to doubts as to whether it will really go ahead. It's difficult to see how some of the Wimbledon Town Centre plans can move forward without a decision on Crossrail 2. And for people living close by, this could mean more uncertainty.
16. Pavement Parking update
A recent report from the council gave an overview of how the new policy on pavement parking in Merton was being enforced. Initially a lot of fines were being issues, but this is now declining each month, hopefully indicating that motorists are complying. See HERE
17. Pedestrian/Cycle Links with The Wandle & Wimbledon Park?
At December Green Coffee we discussed ideas for Wimbledon town centre. One idea was to provide pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the railway to link Wimbledon Town Centre with The Wandle and Wimbledon Park. This could be done as part of the Crossrail 2 works. Joyce has passed this idea on to lots of groups, including Future Wimbledon. The idea is now being considered by The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust. Alan pointed out that when Thameslink was put in, sufficient space was left so that a tram-line could be installed alongside. This could easily be used for a cycle path.
18. Heathrow Consultation
An event on 17th Feb at the Everyday Church laid out the government's argument in favour of a third runway at Heathrow. Joyce reported that it gave all the positive points, but not the negative ones. For example it argued that a third runway would bring in thousands more tourists, but didn't say how many more people would spend their holidays abroad. If you want to have your views heard, then find the consultation HERE.
POST MEETING NOTE: the Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre newsletter says that flights over Wimbledon are likely to increase from 8% of the time to over 70% of the time. This will mean a lot more noise and disruption for Wimbledon. If you are concerned about this, then please do let the government know by engaging with the consultation. See the WTC newsletter HERE
Meetings, Campaign, Book & Video
19. MEETING: Green Drinks starts again
Green Coffee members and others said they'd like to see Green Drinks start up again - and we're delighted to report that they have gone ahead and organised it! Green Drinks gives people a chance to meet up socially in the evening, to discuss local environmental issues/projects and what's happening in the wider world. Please do go along and support this.
To receive emails about the Green Drinks meet ups, please contact Sue at email@example.com. The first meet up will be on Monday 24th April at The Sultan Pub. Find details below under EVENTS
. Tom K, Carole, Sue and Auriel are organising it and at least one of them will make sure they'll be at the Sultan to greet everyone.
20. MEETING: Bright Now & Global Divestment
Operation 'Bright Now' is a campaign to persuade UK churches to divest their fossil fuel investments. Bright Now is part of the Christian charity Operation Noah which encourages UK churches to respond to the threat of catastrophic climate change. Find out more HERE
On 10th May, there will be a meeting at the Trinity United Reformed Church in Mansel Rd as part of the wider campaign - Global Divestment Mobilisation - which is happening worldwide on 5-13 May. This is your opportunity to join with thousands of others to highlight the climate impacts of investments in fossil fuels by churches, universities, local government and pension funds and demand that they divest! To find out more about our local meeting, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org
21. CAMPAIGN: Council Pension Investment in Fossil Fuels
This is the local campaign to persuade Merton Council to reduce its pension fund investment in fossil fuels, as it seems to be particularly high. Around a dozen residents wrote to the council late last year. There has now been a response from the council, indicating that their pension investments are compliant with what is legally required and they can invest in any industry sector. The campaign group has said that the council should set policy in recognition of the growing risks linked to climate change and has requested a meeting.
Given his background in finance, Freddie will look at whether he can provide advice to the campaign for dis-investment from fossil fuels. There are growing risks associated with fossil fuel investments including the risk that governments will raise taxes on these companies on the basis of the external costs they cause to our society & environment - referred to as 'externalities' in economic speak. He believes it is futile to just ask organisations to not invest in such companies. Their divestment without a long-term financial case, e.g. the government's recent habit of sourcing much needed tax revenue from companies with high externalities, would simply cause the shares to briefly trade at a discount and attract another investor to buy them up to make a profit!
22. BOOK: Command & Control - The Story of Nuclear Weapons and the Illusion of Safety
Joanna recommended this brilliant book by Eric Scholossr, which gives the story of a long-forgotten nuclear accident in the US. This springs to mind with the recent launch of a report at Westminster's Portcullis House, detailing over a hundred serious nuclear-related incidents and accidents in the UK. Find out more in the latest WDC/CND newsletter HERE.
23. VIDEO: Chateaux Tooting
See this wonderful short video on how Chateaux Tooting is made from grapes growing in gardens around Tooting and Wimbledon HERE
Other Things Local
24. Introducing the Community Champions Manager
Sustainable Merton's Community Champions Manager introduced herself to the Green Coffee group. Sandy McClure is working part-time to take forward this important project. Sandy is interested in gardening, the outdoors, air quality and all aspects of sustainability. She has worked with Amnesty and other international charity groups and is an experienced project manager.
The Communities Champions programme focuses on eight topics:
Initially, there will be two levels of champions. Level 1 champions will be guardians for their communities, reporting on environmental problems in their local area. Level 2 champions will be given all-round training on environmental issues, so that they can give talks to their local communties. The Level 3 champion programme is not currently underway - the aim would be for people to get accredited training so that they can do environmental audits in homes, giving personal advice on what changes an individual can make to improve their lives e.g. use a shower timer, instal draught excluders, shift to another energy tarrif or access local services. 38 Level 1 champions have been recruited, plus 9 Level 2 champions. See fliers giving more information about Community Champions HERE and HERE. Or find out more on the website HERE
- Climate change
- Waste & resources.
- Pollution and air quality
A May Day workshop will be held with the help of the Wandle Rain Garden project. Champions will learn about roof gardens, de-paving and rain gardens. All of these improve drainage and help to avoid flooding. If you would like to be involved in Community Champions or want to find out more, please contact Sandy at email@example.com
25. Citizens UK
Mary reported that Holy Trinity Church will indeed support the setting up of a Merton branch of Citizens UK. It is thought that Trinity United Reformed Church in Mansel Rd will also do so.
26. Congratulations to Sustainable Merton
Cathie attended the Sustainable Merton AGM and was impressed by the range of things SM is involved with and how widely people are being engaged. So well done Sustainable Merton!
27. How to Engage Communities!
Cathie asked how can we get people to think about doing things in their own streets. With the cuts, councils may be picking up rubbish and leaves less often and people should be encouraged to get together to look after their street.
Joanna gave a wonderful example of how this can be achieved. As part of The Merton Spring Clean, Joanna posted hand-written notes through doors in her street asking people to join her to clean up a rubbish-strewn area at the end of the street. Around half a dozen people responded, were issued with gardening gloves (so that they could pick up the rubbish) and had a sociable and rewarding time. See some lovely photos HERE, HERE and HERE. Plans were being made to do other things - such as planting out some areas. It just goes to show that lots of people do care and will help, if given the right opportunity!
28. Green Coffees Welcomes New Member Freddie
We were delighted to welcome Freddie to the group. In the past, Freddie worked as an analyst in the financial sector and is currently a trustee of the Give It Your Max charity. This is a charity that introduces and teaches tennis to children in primary schools around the country and links local community tennis clubs to provide affordable & accessible sporting facilities for kids from all backgrounds. Freddie is a volunteer at The Wimbledon Guild, helping out in their cafe. He also volunteers with the Wimbledon YMCA, supporting their residents to find work and develop skills for independent living.
Having worked in the financial sector, Freddie appreciates how capitalism can be a force for good, if peoples' collective values are put at the forefront of the economic system. He is happy to talk about strategy and finance with local groups. He believes taking a positive and constructive approach is more likely to bring about sustainable change. Strategies based on fear and shame usually erode trust and develop resentment. It's easier to build momentum (which can deliver significant change) from inspiration and values based action.
Freddie is also looking to collaborate with an existing recycling website, such as 'recycle now', to help people to recycle more & effectively. Even those interested in the environment find recycling confusing. For example, what should people do with a compostable cup if you don't have a compost heap? The local council and recycling centre currently can't provide a simple answer to this, yet many companies are investing millions in compostible packaging! To find out more about what Freddie does, get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Elsewhere
29. CETA passed in the European Parliament
408 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of the EU-Canada trade deal, 254 against. CETA still needs to pass 38 different national and regional European parliaments. If you would like to join the local campaign on CETA, please contact email@example.com
30. Visit the New Design Museum
Opened in November 2016, there is lots to see at this fabulous new museum of design - sustainable designs, fashion, product, furniture and technology - and see the wonderful sustainable IKEA shelter for refugees. Find out more HERE
Festival of Health & Wellbeing
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Sat 18th March 10.30am - 3pm
Living Streets’ Walking Summit
Hosted by Bloomberg at their offices in Finsbury Square
Join thought-leaders, international city representatives and UK decision-makers to discuss how we can make our cities world-leading walking cities. Val Shawcross, the Deputy Mayor for London for Transport, is a confirmed speaker. The Living Streets Annual General Meeting will take place at the end of the event (attendance optional). Book your place HERE
Wed 22 March from 7.15pm
Wimbledon Community Forum
The Mansel Road Centre, Trinity United Reformed Church SW19 4AA
Hear an update of ideas for Wimbledon Town Centre from the council's Future Merton team. Also presentations on other council programmes. It's your chance to ask questions and report issues! Find out more about this and community forums in other parts of the borough HERE
Wed 22nd March at 8pm
TALK: landscaping & gardening at Poplar School
Coach House, Melrose Road
Join the John Innes Society and friends to hear Katherine Davies and Joanna Pfeifer of Poplar Primary School talking about a planned landscape space beside the school and the gardening achievements of the pupils. Entry £4 at the door. Tea and coffee available.
Sat 25th March from 6.15pm
National Peace Symposium
Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden SM4 5PT
Representatives from governments faith, charities and civic leaders are invited to the 14th year of this wonderful event. There will be a guest speaker, keynote address by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. This is followed by dinner. Register HERE. Find more information at info@PeaceSymposium.org.uk
Sat 25th March 7.30 - 11pm
William Morris Evening
Sultan Pub, 78 Norman Rd, London SW19 1BT
Come join this evening of celebration of the life of conservationist and socialist William Morris. Poetry, songs and a talk by Joanna Bazley.
Sat 25th March at 8.30pm
The world's largest demonstration of support for action on climate change. This year, Big Ben, the London Eye, Holyrood Palace and Windsor Castle will join millions of people to switch off their lights at 8.30pm for one hour.
Sun 2nd April 10am - 12 noon
Easter Egg hunt
Information Centre in Wimbledon Common
This month, 6-14 year olds are invited to join an egg hunt, paint eggs and decorate chocolate eggs. For more information, please contact Auriel Glanville, Club Leader, on 020 8540 6154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 22nd April 1-4pm
TOOTING: Restart Party
Bring along things to get repaired! This is what Restart is about. There will also be Restart events on Wed 19th July, 7-9.30pm & Sat 21st Oct,1-4pm Venues will be announced shortly. Find out more about Restart HERE
Sat 22nd April
Community gardens are encouraged to open up to the public on this day and get more volunteers. By joining this national event, you'll get free publicity for your garden.
Mon 24th April from 7.30pm
Green Drinks - starts again!
Sultan pub, 78 Norman Road, SW19 1BT
Green Drinks is restarting! A chance to meet fellow green-minded people over a drink or two. The pub is close to Colliers Wood and South Wimbledon tube stations and lots of buses pass nearby. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Or ring Tom on 07821 882380.
Wed 10th May date from 7.15pm
Have your say on public transport
Council Chamber, Merton Civic Centre, Morden SM4 5DX
Everyone is encouraged to meet the people providing public transport in Merton and to ask questions. The forum covers topics such as improvements to bus, train, tram and underground services, and to infrastructure, particularly rail stations, and bus operational issues including accessibility issues. Find out more HERE
Wed 10th May from 7.30pm
Global Divestment Movement
Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Rd, Wimbledon
This is your opportunity to join with thousands of others to highlight the climate impact of investing in fossil fuels by churches, universities, local government and pension funds and demand that they divest!
Sat 13th May from 9am
Car Boot Sale
St Mary's Field, outside of St Mary's Church, Wimbledon Village SW19 7BP
Why not have a clear out, put everything you don't want in the car and sell it! This is the annual fund raiser for Christian Aid. If you are selling, you’ll have to be in place before it all starts (entry from 7.30am, cars £10, vans £15). Entry before 9am is £2 and after 9am is 50p. Expect an amazing range of household goods, books, CDs, plants, clothes, jewellery at a bargain price. For more information, contact Juliet at email@example.com
Sat 13th May 2 - 5pm
Fête of the Earth
St Marks Church, Wimbledon (behind the library)
Annual sale of plants and recyclable items. Donations of seedlings, plants, books and bric-à-brac all gratefully received. This is the big annual fund-raiser and social event for WDC-CND. Entry is only 50p. Green Coffee members are welcome to have a stall, if you can bring your own table. If fund-raising, then a donation to Fete of the Earth is requested. To find out more or if you'd like to help, please get in touch with Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat 13th May 10.30am – 12.30pm
John Innes Society Annual Spring Plant Sale
5a Sheridan Road, Merton Park
Help is needed – so can you donate plants, help with setting up, selling and clearing up? Contact Ann Redfearn email@example.com or 020 8286 9983. On the day, come along and buy plants, cakes, refreshments and meet your neighbours.
Sat 10th June 12pm - 5pm
Three King's Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham
More than 100 charity and trade stalls, dog show, fun fair, stage events. Bookings are now being taken for stalls. See HERE
Sun 16th July
Morden Family Fun Day
Action packed day for all the family, raising money for local charities and organisations. Find out more HERE
first Mondays 7.30pm
Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association
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.
fortnightly Tuesdays on Wim Common - other dates elsewhere
Get fit and be sociable. Regular Walk4Life organised walks around Merton. Find out the dates and locations of Walk4Life walks HERE.
every Wednesday morning 10am - early afternoon
Phipp’s Bridge Community Allotment
Join Gillian and her friendly group to grow fruit and vegetables. Disused land has been turned into a productive garden through people working together. You are welcome to join in, regardless of your gardening expertise - and you'll have the opportunity to take home some lovely fresh produce. If you would like to come and have a look or get involved, then please contact Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more HERE
every Wednesday at 10.30 am
Merton Green Parents
Coffee in the Wood, 99 High Street, Colliers Wood
How do you balance the demands of being a parent and leading a more sustainable life? It can sometimes be difficult. Merton Green Parents provides a place to swap sustainable parenting tips and meet other like-minded parents. To join the group and for information about meet up times, visit the Merton Green Parents Facebook page or follow them on twitter @MGreenParents.
first Thursday of the month at 8.00pm
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. No meeting in August. Please contact Charles, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email email@example.com or see website HERE for more details.
third Thursdays from 7pm
Morden Hall Park Nature Group
Snuff Mill Education Centre, Morden Hall Park
Find out more about the animals, vegetables and minerals found in Morden Hall Park. Or else share your knowledge with other like-minded people? The meeting is open to anyone interested in the work of the Nature Group. Find out more HERE or email NatureGroupMHP@gmail.com
every Friday 10-12am
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood SW19 2NY
Join local volunteers at the weekly workday to help with general maintenance and upkeep of the garden. Share the work and share the produce. For more information, please contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
every Friday & Sunday 11am - 4pm
May Project Gardens
159 Middleton Rd, Morden SM4 6RW
Join Ian and the team. Very friendly gardening group, music, training and lots of other activities too. To volunteer or find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
every Friday 6-7pm
Vigil for Peace
St Mark's Place, Wimbledon town centre
Join the group to promote peace not war. To find out more, contact Joanna at email@example.com
every Saturday, 9am-1pm
Wimbledon Farmers’ Market
Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ
A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers. Find out more HERE
first Sundays from 10am - 12 noon
Wimbledon Common Nature Club
Information Centre in Wimbledon Common
Fantastic nature club for children 6-14 years. Different topics covered each month e.g. pond dipping, shelter building, fungi foray and nature walks. For more information, please contact Auriel Glanville, Club Leader, on 020 8540 6154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Ravensbury Park - Workday
meet at the bridge over the Wandle in the middle of the park at 10am
Help is needed to give your local park a general cleanup. Tools and refreshments provided. Sessions usually last about 3 hours, but please just come for as long as you like. For more information, call Jane tel. 07773 406 105.
LITTER PICK - Wandle Park
Meet at Colliers Wood tube at 11am, or catch up with the pick in Wandle Park
Come along and help clean up this lovely area - and recycle! This monthly outing is organised by Merton Green Party. Please contact Tom Killick on 07821 882380 or email@example.com for more details.