1. Abundance Wimbledon & Mitcham?
July Green Coffee - what happened?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 PutneySW15.com 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.