Green Coffee
You are invited to the next Green Coffee on Tues 3rd Sept from 9.30 to 11am at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd  SW19 1LT. Everyone is welcome.

Thanks to everyone who came along to August Green Coffee and below is a summary of what was discussed. We heard about some great progress made by Meg towards resolving the issues at the Myrna Close Nature Reserve and by Janet towards resolving her solar panel problem. We also spent some time looking at recycling options for things you can't put into your recycling box.

And finally, the Sutton Community Farm veggie box scheme has made a special offer to Green Coffee members - find details below.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to holidays, October Green Coffee will be on the second Tues of October i.e. 8th Oct.

Topics at August Green Coffee

          Disposable nappies
          Hard plastics  
          Shoes & clothes
          Cooking oil 
          Cassette tapes
          Wine corks 

Plastic Bags

Wimbledon Library

Abundance – the fruit picking is starting 

Poor Accessibility - The Hub & Merantum Way

Merton Cycling Campaign & Merton Seniors Forum

Solar Panels in Wandsworth - update

Myrna Close Nature Reserve – update

Greening Business

Community food-growing in Merton

Sutton Community Farm - veggie bag + special offer

A Physic Garden for Centre Court?

Planting Fruit Trees for Belinda

Myth Busters!

What's On?

24.8  10.30am-5pm
FoE Green Day

Deen City Farm

Environmental Fair


2.9 10am-4pm
On the Buses

The Hub

7.9 & 8.9 10-4
Volunteer Day
Tamworth allotments

7.9  10-2
Church Open Day


10.9  from 2pm
Local History Tour

South Park Gardens

14.9  2-4pm
Table Top Sale
Holy Trinity School

21.9  11am-2pm
Fruit Day
St Mark's garden

28.9 11am - 4pm
Harvest Festival
Deen City Farm

28.9 & 29.9
Volunteer Day

Tamworth allotments

   Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

August Green Coffee - what happened?

It was noted that the range of recycling facilities at Garth Rd is now impressive and the council should be congratulated for this. However, the site is still not accessible for people on foot or on a bike, which seems unfair.
The list of things you can't put into your recycling box was sent to Rachel from the council’s Environment and Regeneration department and here are her comments:
Disposable nappies
The UK plant to recycle nappies has closed down, so there are currently no facilities in the UK. Parents are encouraged to use washable nappies where possible to help reduce the volumes of waste  
Hard plastics e.g. garden furniture, toys
Merton already collects these at Garth Road
No community re-use point in  Merton. Wimbledon College of Art is usually grateful for white emulsion paint only for their sets. Squirrels scrapstore in Sutton used to accept paint but check to see if this is still the case. In most cases they will accept emulsion paint only.
Shoes Paired 
Shoes accepted for reuse at Garth Road and shoe banks across the borough.
Cooking oil 
Merton Council already collects this at Garth Rd
Only hessian backed carpet can be recycled at Garth Road.
Accepted at Garth Road for recycling
Cassette tapes
No facilities for recycling. Cassette covers can be placed in hard plastics recycling and the tapes can be sent for landfill.
Wine corks 
Squirrels scrapstore accepts corks for schools to reuse in art projects. Natural corks can be sliced up finely and added to your compost heap. Some wine shops collect them e.g. Laithwaites has installed cork recycling bins in its 10 UK stores. The corks are either granulated and used on the company’s vineyard in Reading, or donated to local schools to make corkboards for charity. Find your local Laithwaites wine shop.
Most opticians (Specsavers, Boots) will accept and pass them on to the VisionAid project. To find your nearest, see HERE 
Note - the facility for clothes and shoes at Garth Rd only takes things that can be re-used. Clothes and shoes not suitable for re-use can be taken to Savacentre and some charity shops (Oxfam, Red Cross, St Raphael’s) – if items can’t be sold in the shop, then they are sold to organisations which can use them. 
Plastic Bags
Waitrose in Alexandra Road is giving out plastic bags without asking if people want them. Juliet wrote to the Waitrose head office, who claimed that people complain if they don’t get them. Ireland and Wales have introduced a charge and this has been effective in reducing consumption. There are lots of alternatives to plastic bags including bringing your own bag, selling forever bags, using smaller or paper bags, using a biodegradable bag e.g. made from seaweed.

Wimbledon Library
Following all the concerns over development of Wimbledon Library, Stephen Alambritis (the council leader) issued a statement saying that Wimbledon Library has been withdrawn from the Sites and Policies document. Find the full statement HERE.
Abundance – the fruit picking is starting 
Abundance the fruit picking and sharing project is getting ready for fruit picking over the summer. Things are very late this year and there are virtually no early plums. But there have been lots of redcurrants, some mulberries and it looks like it will be a good crop of blackberries. Fruit Day is the fund-raising event for Abundance. It would be really helpful if people can put up a poster to publicise it. Please contact Joyce at for a poster or download one HERE. Also, get in touch with Joyce if you would like to help.
Poor Accessibility - The Hub & Merantum Way

The Hub is not very accessible by bike and there are no cycle racks. Merantum Way is really difficult to negotiate as a pedestrian, with poor access to SavaCentre by foot and the alternative path by the Wandle completely dark in parts at night.

Merton Cycling Campaign
Charles is researching the history of A W Cycles – the organization apparently used to mend wind up gramophones, as well as cycles. 
Solar Panels in Wandsworth
Janet has submitted a planning application to get retrospective approval for her solar panels and has to wait 6 weeks for the outcome. She stressed that it is important to get a receipt from the council, to show that they have received your application. Meantime she is planning to send a letter to interested people in the area e.g. the MP, councillors, SWEN, the Putney Society and others. Janet was congratulated for taking steps to sort out the problem and she thanked Green Coffee members for their help and support.
Myrna Close Nature Reserve – update
Meg held a meeting recently to discuss how the Myrna Close pond could be managed. It was attended by two councillors, the council’s wildlife specialist Martin Boyle, Sivi from Froglife, Keith Spears and some local residents.
It was promised that the litter would be cleared away from the reserve more regularly and the pond would be drained in September to assess what to do next. Installation of a pump would be difficult, due to the amount of silt and weeds. The council said that the quality of the water was ok. The pond used to be seasonal and restoring this seasonality might help – the assessment would help to work out if this is the case. The drain level was altered 18 months ago. 
Meg was pleased that some positive steps will be taken now, but it was a shame it has taken so long and required so much effort to get action. Meg said that discussing things at Green Coffee had motivated her to get things sorted out and she was congratulated for achieving a plan of action.
Greening Business

Caroline’s job with the Merton Chamber of Commerce is to help small businesses operate in a more sustainable way. The Greening Business project is London-wide and many of the Merton small businesses participating are located in Mitcham, as they need to be small and medium sized organisations. In contrast, Love Wimbledon (also run from the Chamber of Commerce) is focused on Wimbledon Broadway where it works with all types of business and has set up a communal waste recycling service for the businesses.
Community food-growing in Merton
Merton Council is continuing to work with local community groups on developing the best way to make council spaces available to the public for community food-growing. The council and community participants are working to develop suitable communications, sort out practicalities and to use learning from existing food-growing spaces in the borough. It is hoped that a website bringing everything together will be launched in the early autumn. For more information please contact Caroline Pankhurst at Merton Chamber of Commerce, who is helping the council develop the way forward -
Sutton Community Farm
The YMCA is a pick-up point for the veggie bag and so is Deen City Farm. There has been a poor take-up of the scheme, despite posters being put up in Wimbledon Library, publicity at the Windmill Market and other locations and 
use of social media. Other locations for posters would be the Polka Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, both very close by; also the Morden Hall Environmental Centre and West Barnes Library. As funding runs out at the end of Sept, SCF is launching a crowd funding campaign.

Sign up for a weekly VegBag with Sutton Community Farm and receive your 3rd VegBag absolutely free! Sutton Community Farm's not-for-profit VegBags are packed full of locally grown, seasonal veg, all grown using organic principles.

Head to the online farm shop to order online, selecting 'Weekly' as your frequency. Order by midnight on Sunday for delivery to Wimbledon's YMCA Canteen on a Thursday, for you to collect on Thursday or Friday! Type in 'YMCAOFFER' in the Special Requests box to redeem this offer and we will refund you for your bag on your third week.  Website address:
A Physic Garden for Centre Court ?
At a previous Green Coffee, a suggestion for putting beehives on the roof of Centre Court was discussed - but there were various problems associated with this. At yesterday's Abundance meeting, it was suggested that instead a physic garden could be put on the Centre Court roof.  It’s not known whether the roof is suitable – it would need to be waterproof, the public should have access and it would need resourcing.  It was decided to put this suggestion forward to Mark (Merton Chamber of Commerce) and Helen (Love Wimbledon).

POST MEETING NOTE: Helen is going to put forward this suggestion to the Centre Court team.
Planting Fruit Trees for Belinda
Following the collection at the last Green Coffee, some locations 
have been discussed for planting fruit trees in memory of Belinda. Jil will explore planting trees at the schools which Belinda’s children attended including Pelham School. Joyce is looking at a suggestion (from local councillor David Dean) to plant trees in Herbert Road. The first step would be to ask the residents and to check with the council. Susan and Juliet volunteered to help with any resident consultation.
Myth Buster
Often people are stopped from doing things for ‘health and safety’ reasons. To counter use of this as an excuse, t
he Health and Safety Executive has set up a Myth Buster Challenge Panel. So if you think that a health and safety excuse has been used incorrectly, then you can complain to the Myth Buster panel. It will investigate and decide whether there is a valid health and safety issue or not. See HERE

Sat 24th Aug   10.30am–5pm
Friends of the Earth - Green Day
Deen City Farm

. A WDC/CND stall where there will be Pink Knitting to raise awareness of the existence (and purpose) of the two UK nuclear weapons establishments. People will be encouraged to contribute to the 7 miles required to link the two sites.
Mon. 26th August  12 noon onwards
Bank Holiday Fair 
Morden Park, London Road

Charity stalls, arena events, funfair for the little ones and much more. Always a good day out.  This is organised by the Playing Fields Association. Stalls cost £20 for charities, £30 for commercial.
Mon 26th Aug – Bank Holiday Monday  10.30am-8pm
Carshalton Environmental Fair
Carshalton Park , Ruskin Road   SM5 3DD

Over 130 stalls, children's activities, local craft, interactive demonstrations, farmers' market, music and performing arts, lots of tasty food, a bar with real ales.... showcasing local sustainability initiatives. A FREE bus to get you there! Organised by EcoLocal. Free entry for children under 12. 
Adults £4
. Concessions and under 16s, £2   If you would like to help set up, clear up or publicise the event, contact Find the location HERE 
Mon 2nd Sept 10am -4pm
On the Buses
The Hub, Imperial Fields, Morden  SM4 6BF

This is a chance to ask the bus operators about the bus services and get information about all modes of travel. This is part of the Celebrating Age Festival from 2nd to 29th Sept and is run by Age UK Merton and Merton Seniors Forum. Other activities include support for dementia sufferers, trying out new activities such as walking football, dance classes, poker or sewing. Must be pre-booked. All ages are welcome.
Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept; also Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept  
Volunteer day - Tamworth Farm
London Rd, opposite Figges Marsh
Adult volunteers are needed to work with 60 young people from the Challenge Network. If you can help out for a couple of hours or for the whole day (10am-4pm), then please email   Find a map HERE.
Sat 7th September   10am-2pm
Church Open Day 

Dundonald Congregational Church, 15 Dundonald Road  SW19 3QH
Following an upgrade of facilities, an Open Day is being held. If anyone would like a stall to sell homemade produce, please contact
Tues 10th Sept  from 2pm
Local History Tour for Over 50s
South Park Gardens

Organised by Friends of South Park Gardens. Find more information, see HERE

Sat 14th Sept  2-4pm
Table Top Sale

The School Hall, Holy Trinity Primary School, Effra Road
Sale of new and used goods  e.g. baby and pre-schooler items, jewellery, cakes etc. This event is organised by Friends of Holy Trinity School. Free entry for kids and 50p for adults. All are welcome. If you would like a table (£6 for a table) or would like to volunteer, please contact Clare at .

Sat 21st Sept  11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day 2013

St Mark's Church hall and garden, behind Wimbledon Library
Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit sweets & cakes, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, make a fruit pie, ‘Longest Peel’ and other games for children and adults. Featuring the International Ukelele Orchestra. For more details see the website Find the venue  HERE

Fri 27th Sept to Sat 26th Oct
The Planet and Stuff
The Polka Theatre

New production about climate change for young people, ages 0 - 13. The show takes audiences on an interactive whistle-stop tour around the planet, covering everything from global inequality to your own recycling, from sweet wrappers to landfill, all navigated by two actors and local children who have interviewed key players in the climate change debate as content for the show. Find more information HERE.

Sat 28th Sept  11am - 4pm
Harvest Festival 
Deen City Farm

Stalls - Tea & Cake - Talks - Demonstrations - Competitions - Craft Activities - Film - massage -Animal parade with the marvelous magical wishing well - Music and much more! - Find out more  HERE

Third Wed, from 8pm 
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet pub, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill, SW19 7NE
Everyone is welcome at Green Drinks, now in a central Wimbledon location. If you are interested in green and other sustainability issues, then this is an opportunity to exchange ideas, find out what's happening and just have a chat with like-minded people. The next Green Drinks is on 18th Sept. To find out how to get to the Hand & Racquet, see here. Find the venue here.

Second Sunday   10am - 12 noon
 Make a Difference  
This group meets up at a different Colliers Wood location once a month. The group plants, trims trees, tidies up plastic bags, does weeding - whatever is needed. For information on where to meet up, see HERE
Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND
This is a new market in the centre of Wimbledon, with local food & drink and craft stalls. The next market is on 14th Sept. Entry is £1. If you would like to book a stall or want more information, please contact 
First Thursdays
Sow and Grow Local
Salt & Pepper Café, 177 Replingham Rd  SW18 5LY
Join Tim for a fun evening talking about how to plan growing fruit, salads and vegetables in your garden or on your windowsill. Seed swop and lots of tips. Get in touch with your food chain ! Cost is £6 per session. Find out more by contacting Tim tel. 07836781498 or   Download more information HERE.

Last Sundays   10.30am - 12.30pm
Free Bicycle Surgeries
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor ave Merton Abbey   SW19 2RR
No need to book, just pop into the garden for a free checkup for your bike. For more information, contact Louisa on or tel. 8543 5300.
new mid-week time 
Rag Rug Making
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 or email
Fridays 10am - 12noon & 2.30-4.30 pm; Saturdays 10am-12noon
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood
Join Keith and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact
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