|Our next Green Coffee will be Tues July 3rd. Please come along if you can from 9.30 - 11.00am at 40 The Hill (formerly called Piaf). The one after is Tues 7th August.
At June Green Coffee we heard how Love Wimbledon is planning to make Wimbledon Town centre greener and cleaner - and more discussions about recycling, Kingston Rd Improvement Group and neighbourhood planning.
Below is a summary of new things that came up.
Hot Topics at June Green Coffee
Wimbledon Village Fair– on Sat 23rd June. Come along to the Abundance and Sustainable Merton/Transition Town Wimbledon stalls. Also visit Merton Council’s Fairtrade and Recycling stall.
Recycling - Doorstep collection of hard plastics, aluminium foil and empty aerosols is planned and Damian is finding out when these will be introduced. The mixed plastic facility at Savacentre has a long list of plastics that it will not accept. This appears to be a new development and unfortunately makes recycling more complicated and time consuming. Food waste collection is expected to be in place across the borough by the end of June.
Loss of front gardens– front gardens are being paved over around Wimbledon, despite the council having a policy of resisting this. Apart from the loss of greenness in our streets, this means a loss of habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife and plants. Groups are encouraged to make protecting front gardens one of their priorities.
Planting around street trees– the base of trees get sprayed with weed-killer to control the weeds. It was suggested that a sign (such as tying a yellow ribbon around a stick) could be agreed to show that someone is caring for this space, so that council contractors could then avoid spraying this area.
Colliers Wood Business Forum – is taking place at the same time as this meeting. It’s an opportunity for businesses in the area to have a discussion of the issues they face with Merton Chamber of Commerce. There is now a Colliers Wood Renewal Fund of £5½ m to regenerate the area. Other business forums are held regularly around Merton town centres - watch www.mertonchamber.co.uk/events for more info.
Love Wimbledon – Helen is the manager of the Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District, which covers the town centre from Mansel Rd to just beyond the Polka Theatre. Businesses have agreed to pay 1% on top of their business rates to promote and improve the area - making it greener, cleaner and a more attractive destination. Provision of a free business waste recycling service by a single provider makes this an attractive project for most businesses. The BID is also looking at green planting around the town centre and encouraging businesses to allow the public to use their toilet facilities, with information about this displayed on shop windows. Love Wimbledon also manages the Town Centre Information Point in Centre Court.‘Kingston First’ was the first BID and Love Wimbledon is the 125th. If you have ideas about how Wimbledon could be improved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow her on twitter at @lovewimbledon Helen ran Merton Chamber of Commerce’s Go Green and Go Green Plus projects which ended a few months ago. There is now a follow on project, funded by the EU, and this will provide 12 hours of free advice to 250 businesses across London (including Merton) on how to become more sustainable. Issues that Merton Chamber will look at include the high cost of using a skip (caused by rapidly rising landfill charges) and the new requirement to dispose of plasterboard properly, rather than in general waste. These have led to increased business costs and fly tipping. Another issue is what to do with wood waste. Whereas waste metal is now being collected from skips etc. by scrap metal collectors, wood is not collected by anyone – there could be an opportunity to turn this into wood pellets or to re-use it through Freecycle.
Kingston Road Improvement Group– The Kingston Rd Improvement area would stretch along Kingston Rd from South Wimbledon tube station to Wimbledon Chase. However, the clustering of shops falls into three main areas and it is envisaged that each of those would develop their own organization and plans, as people focus best on their very local area. One area is from South Wimbledon tube station to the tramline. On the other side of South Wim tube is the Colliers Wood regeneration area and the KRIG would liaise with them. The group is looking at opening a farmers’ market at Pelham School. Belinda will discuss with Merton Chambers of Commerce how this project can be supported. For more information, contact email@example.com
Fireplace Garden– with new management at the Fireplace shop, the future of the Fireplace Garden is uncertain. Belinda is talking to a local resident who has offered his garden for community use and will discuss this with Fliss, the Garden Leader.
Wandle Housing Association– there is scope for community gardening around some of the housing, which is located mainly in Croydon and Phipp’s Bridge. Janet will discuss community gardening in Phipp’s Bridge with Gillian of Sustainable Merton.
Rio + 20– this year, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Rio de Janeiro on June 20th-22nd. This marks 20 years since the signing of the 1992 declaration to protect the environment, which led to local authorities adopting Agenda 21 programmes to kick-start sustainable development. Events are being held in London – see The Rio Connection event at Kingston Market Place.
Craft Group– Susan is planning a craft group focusing on recycling and upcycling. The first objective is to find an affordable venue in Wimbledon or Merton Park – one suggestion is the John Innes Hall. Susan will contact Thelma to discuss this.
Dundonald Community Market– is on the fourth Saturday of each month. Christine will discuss publicity for the market with Merton Chambers of Commerce.
Neighbourhood Planning - Lonnie is involved in one of the first areas to develop a neighbourhood plan – Hackbridge, Sutton. Once a plan is developed, its approval from local residents will be sought through a referendum. The council will explain how to get involved in neighbourhood planning at the next Wimbledon Community Forum meeting, June 26th – for more details, see events.
Climate Change, Merton Council - The Wandle Valley Low Carbon project has now ended and the council has produced a report – download this here. The result was a reduction in carbon emissions of 12-16% over the three year period of the project. The Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan are being updated and will be finalized this summer. Around 170 kW of solar PV has been installed on 6 public buildings (council offices)with another 3 sites due by July (including 2 schools). The panels will reduce carbon emissions and generate revenues of around £40-60,000 per year as well as reducing the council’s costs under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (currently £12 per tonne). The council is talking to schools about how to reduce energy bills, including switching off lights during the holidays, and is working with 20 primary schools to install insulation measures. Groups can put a link on the council website to any projects contributing to sustainability by contacting Damian.Hemmings@merton.gov.uk.
Secondhand children’s clothes + social documentaries– Vicky is involved in a range of initiatives, including breast feeding counselling, Southmead Children’s Centre (including clearing the pond), re-selling second hand children’s clothes, using vintage items in home decoration and making documentaries about social issues. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about any of those, including if you can suggest a topic for a social documentary.
Sustainable Merton– the Phipps Bridge community allotment took part in the Open Garden and Squares weekend, but the £3 entry fee seemed to put people off. Green Drinks were suspended in April and a new organizer is still being sought. If you are interested, please contact the SM office on 020 3417 0476.
Merton Tree Wardens– download the latest newsletter here. The AGM is on 28th June – for more details, see events. If summer eventually arrives, please remember to look after street trees near your home. The council is compiling a list of people willing to water street trees over the summer and can provide support for this and other activities to improve your neighbourhood. So if you are looking after a street tree, then let the council know by emailing email@example.com.
Thurs 28th June 7.30pm
Merton Tree Wardens – AGM
464 Kingston Rd, SW20 (junction of Lower Downs and Kingston Rds)
* This is the new date for the postponed AGM *
You are invited to come along for a chat about all things trees. Refreshments too. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 30th June 2-4pm
Community Garden - workday
beside the church hall at Christ Church, West Wimbledon SW20 0HG
Join this friendly group of gardeners (and learners) to grow your own fruit and veg. If you can't make it this Saturday, or want to know more about the group, see here. Or contact email@example.com.
Sun 1st July, 11am-4pm
Green Day Out
at Morden Hall Park
Findout how to live a greener lifestyle with stalls including local food, general gardening tips, eco-crafts and entertainment from live bands. Organised by the National Trust. Fun day for all the family. Free entry.
Sat 7th July, 12noon-8pm
Music Festival - South Park Gardens
Off Trinity Rd
Visit these stunning gardens in the centre of Wimbledon. There will be music workshops, food and drink stalls, crafts, and lots of bands playing – all performers will be under 22. For more information, see here
Sun 19th Aug 9.30am
Wildlife Trust - workday
Meet in Beverley Meads Car Park, Barham Road SW20M
You are invited to the workday – wear strong shoes or boots. Fishpond Wood & Beverley Meads. Leader: Paul Pickering 0208 330 4479
Sat 15th Sept 11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden, behind Wimbledon Library
Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit cake, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, make a fruit pie and information about looking after your fruit tree. Featuring the International Ukelele Orchestra. For more details see the new website - abundancewimbledon.com
. Find the venue here
Fri – Sun 14-16 September
Friends of the Earth’s Conference
At Imperial College
Speakers include Caroline Lucas and Polly Higgins, (author of Eradicating Ecocide). Learn more about current campaigns – the Bee Cause and Clean British Energy – and sign the petitions here
. For more information, see http://www.foe.co.uk/events/conference_7967.html
first Saturdays 11am
Rag Rug Making
Come and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. The next one is on Sat July 7th. Call Thelma on 020 8540 2536 or email Joyce for more information.
first Sundays 11am-4pm
The Polka Theatre
If you have homemade or home grown produce and want to take a stall in July or later, then contact the theatre and ask for Kim. Stalls will be £20. The next market is Sun 1st July. Find the venue here
Merton Green Drinks
This has been suspended until further notice. If anyone would like to take it over, then contact the Sustainable Merton office on 020 3417 0476.
Fourth Saturdays, 11am-1pm
Dundonald Congregational Church
Bring along home-made cakes, pies and jams as well as local produce and bric-a-brac to sell at the friendly community market on Dundonald Road . Stalls are only £5. Next one is on Sat June 23rd. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to book a stall. Find the venue here
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 the venue here