Green Coffee                    July  2014
Hello All
You are invited to the next Green Coffee on Tues 5th August 9.30-11am at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd   SW19 1LT. We hope you can make it to this, or else can come to the one on 2nd Sept. Everyone is welcome at Green Coffee, so please feel free to pass this invite on.

Again we had a lively meeting in July and there is a summary of topics below. There is always something new to learn, such as a report on behavioral changes amongst the foxes of Merton. We heard about the excellent Piazza Garden event – congratulations to Caroline and all Green Coffee members who contributed to its success. Also, the tremendous achievement of knitting 125 metres of scarf by the Wool against Weapons campaign.

Plans are now being made for the Abundance fruit picking and sharing project for this summer - and there are moves to start an Abundance group in Mitcham. Also, Sustainable Merton's Environmental Champions are helping to increase recycling rates in Merton and taking air quality measurements - and are looking to recruit.

Finally you have an opportunity to put forward your vision for Wimbledon Town Centre, through the ideas competition HERE. And see the fantastic dancing WIMBLEDON IS HAPPY video HERE - featuring several Green Coffee members. Not to be missed!
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1. Abundance Wimbledon & Mitcham?

2. Rapido Art at Fruit Day?

3. The Piazza Garden

4. Energy review

5. Pink Knitting along The Broadway

6. Hope for More Sustainable Buildings

7. Become an Environmental Champion!

8. Local Air Quality
                                    Putney Bridge
9. Merton and Morden Guild

10. Recycling News

                                     Mitcham Carnival
                                  video tapes

 11. Merton’s MSS – speakers needed

12. Merton Foxes – a more intelligent breed!

13. Cycling News
                                   The Solstice Ride
                                   London BigRide FreeCycle
14. National Citizen Service (The Challenge Network)

15. New funding
                                Wimbledon Community Fund
                                Grow to Sell
16. VCM and MVSC become one!

17. Toilets for All !

What's On?

20.7 10.30am - 5pm
Family Fun Day
Morden Park

26.7 & 27.7
Lavender Harvest

Carshalton Beeches

29.7 6-9
Maintain/pick fruit
Cannon Hill Common

Human Peace Scarf



13.9 & 14.9


20.9  11am-2pm
Fruit Day
St Mark's Church SW19 7ND


Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

July Green Coffee   - what happened?

1. Abundance Wimbledon & Mitcham?
Plans are being made for this summer. If you would like to help Abundance Wimbledon with fruit picking, jam making or know who might have fruit they don’t want, then please get in touch with  This year Fruit Day will be on Sat 20th Sept  11am-2pm. If you can help that day or have an idea for a stall, then please get in touch about that too.

Mitcham is also thinking about starting an Abundance group to make better use of fruit growing around the common and over hanging pavements. If you'd like to get involved, please contact Commonside Development Trust at or tel. 8764 9582.
2. Rapido Art at Fruit Day?
Love Wimbledon is organising Autumn Arts – a range of art activities in Wimbledon town centre for three weekends during September. One idea is to hold a ‘Pintar Rapido’ at Fruit Day. This would involve inviting along local artists (from schools and elsewhere) to do a painting or drawing during the Fruit Day event. The resulting pieces of art would be displayed the next day and/or the ‘winning’ piece would be displayed somewhere prominent in Wimbledon town centre.  
Charles described an art event at the Intergenerational Centre, which ended with all the pieces brought together into a collage and linked with comments from participants. He will look at how this could be done at Fruit Day. Another suggestion was to hold a photography competition at Fruit Day – this might be easier to organise.
3. The Piazza Garden
Curt and Caroline were congratulated for the success of the Piazza Garden event, which turned Wimbledon Piazza into a garden for a day and was part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. It is hoped to make this a regular event. There were lots of plants donated by many different people, including a good contribution from Wahaca.
Joanna’s pea planting was popular, with around 50 people taking away a pot of planted peas. Alice was spinning, knitting, story-telling and entertaining people all day long. Charles’s bike and trailer were decked with beautiful plants and Alison’s insect refuge was a big success too. Thanks were given to Sustainable Merton for supplying the peas, pots and compost, Curt and Ryan for bringing the larger items and to Charles and others for helping throughout the day. See all the photos HERE
4. Energy review
Laura and Polly conducted a review of Janet’s house to identify where energy was being lost. The report included proposals to stop heat being lost through the larder door (the larder has a grill to outside to keep things cool, but a leaky door and a single un-insulated brick wall), draught-proof the front door and add secondary glazing to some windows.
5. Pink Knitting along The Broadway
Over the last year, members of WDC/CND have been knitting bits of pink scarf and these were recently joined together. On Saturday, the scarf was unrolled and taken through Wimbledon town centre. See the press article publicising this HERE. At 125 metres, the scarf was so long that it had to be doubled so that 20 people could carry it. Although it was a wet day, the scarf attracted lots of attention and the South London Press were there to take photographs.
This is Wimbledon’s contribution to Wool against Weapons, a national campaign to bring attention to the UK’s two nuclear weapon manufacturing plants at Aldermaston and Burghfield. On 9th August, all the pieces from around the country will be joined together and stretched the seven miles between the two sites. Find out more about the campaign HERE.
A coach to Aldermaston has been booked to leave from Wimbledon Theatre at 8am on 9th August. If you would like to go, then you must reserve a place by contacting Joanna at The cost will be £10 for the return journey (or if too expensive, then £5).
6. Hope for More Sustainable Buildings
Laura and Polly attended the annual Southern Homebuilding, Renovating and Home Improvement Show at Sandown Park at the end of June. Encouragingly, there does seem to be more knowledge and acceptance of the need to improve energy efficiency of houses.   Find more information about the event HERE

Separately, Laura and Polly attended an event where there was discussion about the importance of ventilation as homes are made more airtight and insulated, in order to prevent condensation and an unhealthy environment. With a Passivhaus, ventilation with heat recovery is built in from the planning stage.
7. Become an Environmental Champion!
Sustainable Merton has a new group of environmental champions and is looking to recruit more! Environmental Champions are people active in their local community and interested in encouraging people to live more sustainably. If you’d like to do this or go along to the training, then please contact Tom Walsh at Sustainable Merton – tel. 07779879091 or
Following training, Juliet and Gillian gave a talk to 40 or so people at West Barnes Library on ways to increase recycling from home. The first monthly reward to residents of £250 and 10 awards of £100 have already been given out – see HERE.  Also, Pelham, Merton Park and Dundonald schools are currently in the lead for the number of primary school nominations for prizes up to £5000 – see HERE
8. Local Air Quality - testing, Putney Bridge and cycling in Merton
Merton’s Environmental Champions have also been trained in air pollution issues and have put up air quality tubes in trees around the borough. After two weeks the tubes were sealed and are now being analysed for air pollutants. Using local knowledge, environmental champions can identify key locations, like near schools, which should be tested for air quality but are often not included in government testing.
Putney bridge is going to be closed to traffic for 2-3 months, starting on 14th July. Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, but buses will end their routes at either side of the bridge and passengers can then walk across. It will be interesting to see what this all means for air quality and other quality of life considerations. According to TfL, Putney has the worst air quality in Europe (for nitrates at least) – see article from HERE. Poor air quality is thought to cause around 4000 early deaths annually in London alone – see HERE
Persuading people to cycle rather than drive is an important way of improving air quality. Merton continues to have a particularly low rate of cycling, with just 2% of journeys being made by bike compared with 16% in Hackney. More has to be done to make cycling safe in Merton.
9. Merton and Morden Guild
This does a similar job to Wimbledon Guild, but in smaller premises, with fewer employees and on a much tighter budget. One result is that they find it difficult to publicise their impressive range of activities. For example, the group recently held an Arts and Crafts Exhibition, to which Juliet took the wedding dress she had made last year. This is a very enthusiastic and friendly group helping to improve the lives of older people and they would welcome any help you can give with publicising their activities. Find out more HERE
10. Recycling News - Mitcham Carnival & recycling video tapes
Mitcham Carnival was held on Sat 14th June – and had a wide range of activities. Joanna reported that people were interested in buying bric-a-brac including for example a child’s bike. So it is well worth offering second hand goods there.
Video tapes are difficult to recycle, but the Salvation Army shop in Wandsworth will take them. Contact them tel. 8871 1812 or go to 199 Wandsworth High Street  SW18 4JE. If you have a large item or a lot of things to donate, then they can collect them from your home.
11. Merton’s MSS – speakers needed
Merton’s Multiple Sclerosis Society meets on the fourth Saturday of each month at All Saints Day Centre from 12 midday and is open to people with MS and carers. This month EcoLocal has been invited along to discuss cycling for people who have wheelchairs and to give people the opportunity to try out some of the special bikes. Please contact if you would like to suggest a speaker for future events. Juliet offered to give a talk on climate change & health and/or on Abundance. Find more info HERE
12. Merton Foxes – a more intelligent breed!
Some foxes in Merton have learnt how to open the brown food bins, by pulling over the handle. And they have also been known to make off with the bins – presumably so that they can open them at leisure! Weighing down the lid with a brick seems to stop this. Introduction of the brown bins have been a great help in reducing street litter, although some people are continuing to put food waste into general rubbish and these bins then become a target for foxes.
Foxes in Merton have also learnt how to unroll hedgehogs, putting even greater pressure on our local hedgehog population.
13. Cycling News - The Solstice Ride & RideLondon FreeCycle
Charles reported a lovely cycle ride across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park to The Roebuck pub on one of the longest days of the year.
In a weekend celebrating cycling in London, the Prudential RideLondon will take place on Sunday 10th August. The 100 mile route for successful applicants starts in London, goes through the Surrey countryside and back via Wimbledon to central London.

On the day before (Sat 9th Aug) everyone can join an 8 mile traffic-free ride through central London. If you’d like to go with the Merton group, then please contact Charles the leader of Merton Cycling Campaign at for details of where and when to meet. Experience the delight of cycling through London without worrying about cars!
14. National Citizen Service (The Challenge Network)
There has been a change of name, but the project continues. This year, Sam Hepher is leading the project in Merton. Find more info in the latest newsletter HERE. If you would like a get a group of young, enthusiastic volunteers to help with your project during the summer or the autumn programme (Oct/Nov), please get in touch with Sam at or tel. 07785 623 393.
15. New funding – Wimbledon Community Fund & Grow to Sell
Last year, the All England Lawn Tennis Club set up the Wimbledon Foundation, to support community activities, charities and the development of new sporting talent. It has now launched a Community Fund to benefit social needs in Merton and Wandsworth and groups can apply for grants of up to £5000. Find out more HERE  
Capital Growth is holding its Urban Food Fortnight from 12th to 28th of Sept. It’s offering a Grow to Sell grant of £50, £100 or £150 towards the costs of producing, making and selling chutneys and jams or providing training in your food growing space. (This is match-funding, so you’ll have to raise the same amount yourself.) To qualify, you have to take part in the Urban Food Fortnight, record what you grow on their Harvest-ometer and apply by 16th July. Find out more HERE
16. VCM and MVSC become one!
The Volunteer Centre Merton has now merged with the Merton Voluntary Service Council. They are both located at Vestry Hall in Merton and provide support to the voluntary sector and encourage people to volunteer.
17. Toilets for All !
Composting toilets are now available and have become popular on allotment sites and sports fields where there is no water supply. Find out more about eco-toilets HERE Eco-toilets were featured at the recent Eco Technology Show in Brighton – see HERE
Accessible toilets are now being provided at events such as Wimbledon Village Fair. However, they need to be sited in an accessible place and be big enough for mobility scooters.


Sun 20th July 10.30am - 5pm
Morden Family Fun-Day
Morden Park

Funfair, community interest stalls, festival of football, cheerleading, boxing, kids go-karts, companion dog show, belly dancing ... and lots more. Find out more HERE
Sat 26th & Sun 27th July  10am-4pm
Lavender Harvest
Stanley Road Allotments, off Oaks Way, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 4NQ
An opportunity to go lavender picking and take some home! This community project manages three acres of lavender in an area once famous as “the lavender capital of the world”.  Lavender is charged for by the bucket. Volunteers are also needed on Saturday mornings 9.30-12.30 in the weeks before the harvest to help with harvesting, distillation, pruning, making lavender bunches etc. To get there, take a 154 bus from Morden, getting off at Stanley Park Rd. Or else a train to Carshalton Beeches.  Entry is via the gate next to South Carshalton Day Centre. Find out more HERE

Tue 29th July from 6am to 9pm
Maintenance & fruit harvesting
Cannon Hill Common orchard

The fruit hedge, planted in 2011, needs to be freed from encroaching bramble and nettle. For more details or to check for cancellations if the weather is poor, call Jane 07773 406 105
Sat 9th Aug
Join the Human Peace Scarf
Aldermaston & Burghfield
A seven mile long scarf will be stretched between Aldermaston and Burghfield, the two UK nuclear bomb factories. Campaigners want to stop the replacement of Trident. Bring a picnic, plenty of water, suncream and bells to ring. A family-friendly day. There will be accessible toilets at 8 locations. A coach to Aldermaston is booked to leave from Wimbledon Theatre at 8am on 9th August. If you would like to go, then you must reserve a place by contacting Joanna at The cost will be £10 for the return journey (or if too expensive, then £5).

Sat 9th Aug
RideLondon FreeCycle
Join an 8 mile cycle ride through central London. It's traffic-free, so experience the delight of cycling through London without worrying about cars and lorries! If you’d like to go with the Merton group, then please contact Charles the leader of Merton Cycling Campaign at for details of where and when to meet.

Sat 13th & Sun 14th  Sept
Annual food festival, celebrating local food. Encouraging people to grow something that can be cooked by local cooks or restaurants. The event is still evolving, so find out more HERE

Sat 20th Sept 11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden & hall
(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. We need lots of help at Fruit Day - please contact For more details see the website - HERE.

Tues 30th Sept  7.159.15pm
Raynes Park Community Forum
Raynes Park Library SW20 8BA

Have your say on local issues. Your opportunity to get answers from council officials and councillors. Find location HERE


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. Please contact Charles, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email for more details.

every Wed 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 tel. 07956 170141 Find out more HERE

every Thursday at 10.30
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.
Also see the Facebook group 

Coffee in the Wood has cakes from local bakers, nice coffee and sometimes live music! It is also a Recycling Point for baby wipes and baby food packets.

Second Fridays   from 9.30am onwards
John Innes Gardening Group

JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. To find out where to meet up, please contact  Bring secateurs and a trowel. 

every Saturday
Chick & Pea
Merton Abbey Mills

Buy unpackaged whole foods and home supplies. Bring along glass jars and other containers to fill up with fair trade and organic oats, grains, pulses and dried fruit. Also eco household products for refillable containers.

Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND

The local market in the centre of Wimbledon. A range of food and crafts from local businesses and artisans. Now free entry. To find out more or to book a food or craft stall, please contact

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 2.30-4.30 pm
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood
Join Nick, Peter 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

Green Drinks
Sustainable Merton is looking for people to help restart Green Drinks. Two people have already offered to help but
they can't commit to being there every month, so 
one or two more people are needed. Green Drinks is a great opportunity for people to get together for a purely social meeting. If you'd like to get involved, then please contact