Green Coffee         November  2015
Hello All
Thanks to everyone for coming to November Green Coffee. An especial thanks to Sue and Mike who came for the first time. First of all - an important meeting is coming up.

** CROSSRAIL 2:  Public Meeting Thurs 3rd Dec at Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Rd **

Crossrail would mean years of disruption in central Wimbledon which is a big concern, but also a great opportunity to get a better, more sustainable town centre. Green Coffee members and others are getting organised and planning a public brainstorming to see how we can make the most of this opportunity. Download the invite HERE

December Green Coffee will be a MENDING SPECIAL - so if you have any ideas on who and where to get things mended locally, then let us know. If we get enough information, we can put together a list to send out. We will of course also be discussing all the other local environmental news. Finally, it was good to see that Green Coffee was publicised in My Merton for the first time! Thanks to all there.

The next Green Coffee will be on Tues 1st Dec, 9.30 - 11am at the YMCA cafe upstairs. If you can't make this, the one after is planned for Tues 5th Jan 2016. Everyone is welcome.



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 you are very welcome to send in your comments for discussion at the next meeting.
Download the latest from:  
Sustainable Merton  HERE
EcoLocal (Sutton) HERE


 

news at November Green Coffee

Recycling & Waste
1. Green Coffee - Mending Special
2. Have Charges for Plastic Bags Worked?
3. Poor Street Cleaning in Merton

4. Cloth Nappies & Menstrual Products
5. Recycling Printing Cartridges
6. Plastic Bottle Top Collection
7. Plans to charge for Food Recycling Bags


The Built Environment
8. Crossrail - big disruption & big opportunity!
9. Swifts in the Urban Landscape

10. Re-launch of Merton Living Streets
11. Dangerous Parking can be Stopped!
12. Wandsworth consulting on 20 mph

13. Giant Billboard planned for Centre of Wimbledon


Gardening & Food
14. Wimbledon Common Nature Club - closure likely
15. Merton Tree Wardens - update

16. Launch of Merton Food Charter
17. Abundance Wimbledon - update
18. Plans to tidy YMCA Planters
19. Mitcham Orchard
20. Award winners:  Mitcham Orchard
                             The May Project


Venues, Events & TV
21. Conferences: CND & Scientists for Global Responsibility
22. Space for Community Events at Wimbledon Library

23. TV: Hugh's War on Waste


Other things local
24. Healthcare in Merton
25. YMCA - residents to get involved
What's On?

22.11  10am-1pm
Workday: trees
Ravensbury Park

25.11 from 8pm
Lavender talk
Melrose Rd

27.11 12.30 & 7.30
How to End Poverty
Wilberforce House

29.11  10-1
Workday:Fruit Hedge
Cannon Hill Common

3.12 7.30pm
Crossrail meeting
TUR Church, Mansel Rd

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

November Green Coffee - news


Recycling & Waste

1. Green Coffee - Mending Special 
Susan suggested that next Green Coffee could focus on mending things. This was seen as an excellent idea, so December Green Coffee will be a MENDING SPECIAL!

If you can tell us about how to mend things or where to get things mended, then come and let us know at next Green Coffee. Or if you can't get there, then send in your ideas. It was suggested that we put together a list of places that will mend things, then send it out with the Green Coffee newsletter. And maybe Sustainable Merton and other groups would put the list on their websites.

So please get your ideas together on Mending Things for Green Coffee on 1st December. 

2. Have Charges for Plastic Bags Worked?
Green Coffee members report that plastic bags are being charged for at supermarkets and other shops too. Apparently, any shop employing more than 250 employees has to charge. Even some shops selling expensive clothes are now charging for plastic bags!

3. Poor Street Cleaning in Merton 
Unfortunately there continue to be reports of too much rubbish in Merton's streets, often particularly around street bins. The bins outside Tesco in the town centre attracted a lot of interest on Streetlife with 47 comments!  See HERE  

If you see rubbish in the street, there are various ways of complaining:
  • Contact the council, preferably with a photo. Make sure your subject line draws attention e.g. 'This is disgusting'. Use the complaints email address found HERE
  • Use the smart phone app LoveCleanStreets or the Street Scene Enquiry Form - both HERE
  • For anything in or near Centre Court, then contact the Centre Court director Suzy Wood by emailing comments@centrecourtshopping.co.uk
  • Contact Dan Goode of Merton Matters, a litter action group. Follow him on Twitter @MertonMatters. Also see #MuckyMerton.
  • Contact Cllr Judy Saunders, cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking
4. Cloth Nappies & Menstrual Products
Heather described the range of reusable cloth nappies and menstrual products obtainable from Luxury Moon  - see HERE. Over the last year, interest in these products has increased greatly. Thankfully, it is getting a lot easier for people to talk about menstrual products, helped by the recent debate in parliament about whether there should be VAT on menstrual products. VAT should not be applied to 'essentials' but they were not included in the original list of essential products and so apparently can't be added now. Contact Heather for more information at sales@luxurymoon.co.uk

5. Recycling Printing Cartridges
Mary reported that WH Smith recycles all printer cartridges. Just ask for an envelope, put your cartridge in it and post it in the shop's cartridge recycling box. Money raised from reusing inkjet cartridges goes to Tommy's, a charity funding research into premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. Find out about this and WH Smith's other waste management schemes HERE.

Sue told us that the Yellow Print Shop at 40 Replingham Rd in Southfields also takes used cartridges. Ryman's will also give 50p back for used cartridges, but you can often buy cartridges more cheaply at Argos.

6. Plastic Bottle Top Collection
Collection of plastic bottle tops is ongoing. The aim is to get two skips full of plastic bottle tops. If you have any, then bring them along to Green Coffee to give to Mary - or else take them to Holy Trinity Church office in The Broadway between 9 and 12 noon (the church is closed 9th - 20th Nov). It was suggested that Lush could be asked to donate their plastic bottle tops.

7. Plans to charge for Food Recycling Bags
Due to the cuts, there are plans to charge for the green food recycling bags. It is feared that people won't pay and will just put the food waste in the general bin, resulting in recycling rates falling and renewed problems with foxes tearing open bags.


 

The Built Environment

8. Crossrail - Big Disruption & Big Opportunity
The initial consultation closes on 8th January - so we have to get our ideas together soon!

Crossrail 2 will link the rail networks of north and south London, with the new underground section from Wimbledon to Tottenham Hale. The current proposal is to put the entrance to the Crossrail tunnel just north of Wimbledon station. If this is not feasible, then at Raynes Park. Whichever of those is chosen, space will have to be found for operating the giant tunnelling machines which are expected to take 3 years to complete the tunnelling and also for handling the vast amounts of soil being excavated all the way from here to Victoria.

Very tall buildings over and around the station are being considered - people are concerned about this, not only due to the height of this building, but because it will set a precedent for the rest of the town centre. Centre Court and the 'Fridge on the Bridge' building may be demolished. Work sites are planned in Gap Rd, Dundonald Rd and Weir Rd. See the fact sheets below for details.

The plans to demolish parts of the Wimbledon town centre offer a great opportunity for people to push for a new, better and truly sustainable town centre, so it would be a shame not to make the most of this. Once you have decided your views, then you can let Crossrail know by completing the
consultation.

Events:
WEHRA, Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon Civic Forum are organising a Public Meeting to encourage discussion and debate, and this will be at 7.30pm on Thursday evening, 3 December at Trinity Church, Mansel Road. Download details of the meeting below. You are asked to bring along a copy of the Wimbledon Fact Sheet.

Crossrail is holding Roadshow Events in different venues, where you can see all the documents and ask questions. Again find details below.


Here is all the documentation:
  • Take part in the consultation HERE
  • Wimbledon Fact Sheet  HERE
  • Raynes Park Fact Sheet HERE  
  • Whole Crossrail Project Fact Sheet HERE
  • Timetable for November Roadshow events HERE
  • Timetable for December Roadshow events (including in Wimbledon) HERE
  • Public Meeting on 3rd Dec HERE

9. Swifts in the Urban Landscape
Thank you to Louise for sending this link so that people can access training in urban diversity - see HERE. With all this development planned in the centre of Wimbledon, such expertise would be valuable for advising on how to build in habitats for swifts and other creatures.

10. Re-launch of Merton Living Streets
Living Streets has been relaunched in Merton with Charles Barraball as chairman and Tom Killick as secretary. Living Streets campaigns for improvements in public spaces to make them safe, attractive and enjoyable spaces for people to live and walk around.

Living Streets is putting together questions for candidates at the London Mayoral election next year. If you'd like to submit a question or get involved with Merton Living Streets, please contact Tom at  killicktom@hotmail.com  Also see Merton Living Streets Facebook page HERE

11. Dangerous Parking can be Stopped!
Schools in Thurrock can now stop dangerous parking. Thurrock Council said it doesn't have enough traffic wardens to police illegal parking outside schools. So under a pilot scheme, teachers and parents are being trained to act as traffic wardens to issue parking tickets outside a Tilbury primary school. If this is a success, then maybe Merton Council could think about doing it here. Bad parking is a danger to children and discourages them from walking or cycling to school. Also the principle of training up people could be extended to perhaps including residents' associations and other organisations, which have a problem with illegal parking that is not being controlled properly. Find more info HERE

12. Wandsworth consulting on 20 mph
Wandsworth is just the latest council to move towards 20mph on all residential roads - see Wandsworth Guardian article HERE. Most inner London roads are now 20mph and outer London boroughs - Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Hounslow - are all moving in this direction too. Hopefully, Merton Council will now take another look at the evidence and think about introducing it here.


13. Giant Billboard planned for centre of Wimbledon
A 5 m by 15m billboard is being planned to go above a listed building at Wimbledon Station during Wimbledon tennis fortnight. It was suggested that if this is allowed to go ahead, it will set a poor precedent for what is allowed in Wimbledon town centre. This is particularly important given the major changes planned with the arrival of Crossrail. See planning application HERE. If you are concerned about this application, then send your comments to Planning.Representations@merton.gov.uk  Residents and businesses in Raynes Park have had a long fight to remove large billboards from the railway embankment on the main street. Their removal has greatly improved the centre of Raynes Park.


 

Gardening, Green Spaces & Food

14 Wimbledon Common Nature Club - closure likely
Unfortunately, no-one has volunteered yet to help run this wonderful club. Carole has helped at the last two meetings, but unfortunately can't continue longer term. If more volunteers can not be found, then the club will close after Christmas. Leigh asked if Tony Drakeford had been contacted. Tony is nature correspondent for the Wimbledon Guardian and has links with many local initiatives. So after Green Coffee, Leigh contacted Tony and asked for his help. If you have any ideas about who may volunteer, please do follow them up and report back. Find out more from Auriel the club leader at auriel.glanville@btopenworld.com or tel. 020 8540 6154.

15. Merton Tree Wardens - update

Merton Tree Wardens and several Friends of Parks groups will be tree planting again this winter during early Dec and from mid Jan at the following sites. (Find out more under EVENTS below):
  • Raynes Park Sports ground (Dec 5th & 6th)
  • Common Extension Playing Fields (Dec 12th & 13th)
  • Morden Park (Jan 16th)
  • The Canons (Jan 17th)
  • Moreton Green at St Helier estate (Jan 23rd & 24th)
  • Cannon Hill Common (Jan 29th)
  • Haydons Rd Station (Jan 30th & 31st)
As well as planting new trees, Tree Wardens will be checking on trees planted in recent years - despite the drought last year, fewer than 10% of newly planted trees were lost, a good result.

At Haydon's Rd Station, they will work with local resident Patrick, who has planted fruit trees and now wants to put in a Field Maple hedge. In Ravensbury Park, there has been a problem with invasive pond weeds. Jane P and others donned waders and physically removed them as spraying doesn't work.

Jane was told about the two apple trees at the foot of Wimbledon Hill, which were planted by Juliet, Stephen Alambritis and John W. Juliet and Leigh have been watering and trimming them, but they are not growing much. Jane P suggested removing the weeds and grass from around the base and applying a thick layer of mulch round the trunks. Besides benefitting the trees, this deters contractors going too close to the trees with strimmers and mowers and damaging them. With council cut backs, there is little oversight of the quality of work done. However, there is a lot of expertise in the council, with Dave Lofthouse able to advise on all aspects of tree maintenance.

Some Tree Wardens are trained to do minor works to street trees, working singly or in pairs, in any area and then reporting back to Merton Council. Residents' associations are welcome to nominate someone to become a tree warden for their area.

With autumn, there are lots of leaves lying in streets. So why not gather the leaves and compost them? This helps the council, prevents slippery footpaths and avoids leaves going into drains and blocking them.


16. Launch of Merton Food Charter 
The Merton Food Charter has now been finalised and can be downloaded HERE This is the starting point to encourage organisations and individuals across Merton to work together and make the most of our local food resources. It follows on from the Environment Sub Group meeting on food and Merton Food Summit earlier this year. lnterested parties are invited to sign up and make a pledge by emailing healthyfood@merton.gov.uk

17. Abundance Wimbledon - update 
Adam has been helping with Abundance over the summer and has just finished picking apples and quinces. He would like to see Abundance activities extended throughout the year. Fruit Day could be held later in the picking season, although it was pointed out that holding it early encourages more people to get involved and donate their fruit. Juliet invited Adam to the next Abundance organising committee meeting to discuss his ideas further.

Sue has been organising Abundance activities in Southfields and is now joining forces with Abundance Wimbledon. Sue makes jams and chutneys - her produce is beautifully presented, writing the labels with calligraphy. Joanna was able to offer Sue around 100 Bonne Maman jars.

18. Plans to tidy the YMCA Planters 
The planters at the front of the YMCA are in quite a warm micro-climate and so semi-tropical plants are doing well there. But they need to be tidied up.
POST MEETING NOTE: Adam has offered to help a YMCA team to rejuvenate the planters.

More bike racks at the YMCA are requested. Also the existing bike racks have insufficient space around them, with the result that bikes have to be stacked on top of the planters so that they don't block the area. It was suggested that this should be discussed with Richard James (CEO of YMCA SW London).

19. Mitcham Orchard
This has been a great success story. Sustainable Merton helped start off this project to clean up an area that had been used as a dumping ground. 420 saplings have now been planted and a chestnut pale fence erected. Local residents have taken over running this project and local businesses are helping too. People with gardens backing onto this area are delighted with the improvement. Find out more from the website - HERE

20. Awards Winners: Mitcham Orchard & May Project

The Mitcham Community Orchard & Garden has received awards from Merton in Bloom and the National Clean Britain Awards, as well as being short-listed for the Mayor of London's team award.

Ian Solomon-Kawall, co-founder of the May Project, received a ‘Greening and Cleaning’ award for the community garden/music/youth support project from the London Mayor.

Green Coffee congratulates both projects for the fantastic environmental and community work!


 

Venues, Events & Articles

21. CONFERENCES: CND & Scientists for Global Responsibility
Joanna reported that both conferences were excellent informative events. Everyone is encouraged to "Look Upstream" to find the root causes of environmental problems, which are all interlinked. Very many groups are concerned about climate change and so will be taking part in the climate march. Both events stressed the importance of grassroots campaigns. It is a big anomaly that the US military does not have to report on carbon emissions. This is despite it being the largest carbon emitting group, due to so much fuel being used by military aircraft and the type of fuel being particularly polluting.

The good news is that PV is becoming much more efficient. Prof Keith Barnham (Imperial College; author of 'The Burning Answer') presented very encouraging figures from Germany which illustrated how over 10 years of feed in tariffs have stimulated renewables growth and this is now driving down the price of energy. The UK has only had a few years of feed in tariffs and is now cutting these back so hard that the renewables industry is collapsing. So we will not benefit from this downward pressure on energy prices. Nuclear power is not the answer as it is not low carbon - new nuclear plant includes uranium mining, uranium transport and the vast, polluting building process itself. Also the waste can't be dealt with. If we go ahead with this, we'll be locked into paying a high price for electricity from new nuclear which can't be switched off when cheaper energy is available. See the slides HERE


22. Space for Community Events at Wimbledon Library
Community groups can hire space at Wimbledon Library for events or meetings. Prices start from £10 per day for a table or £25 per day for a whole area. If interested, then why not ask at the library or else reply to this email.

23. TV: Hugh's War on Waste
The Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall programmes on food waste are well worth seeing. They highlight the volume of good things that are thrown away, including over 1 million chickens a year from KFC alone. They also look at good practice - how organisations are finding ways to reduce waste and divert perfectly good produce to those in need. See HERE


 

Other things local

24. Healthcare in Merton
Merton Clinical Commissioning Group is holding an 'Engagement Event' on Wed 4th November to listen to how people think healthcare can be improved in Merton. You can send in your views using the feedback form HERE  According to the recent report from the Mayor of London, poor air quality is killing almost 9,500 people a year in London (which would equate to 226 people a year in Merton) - see HERE. So if it wants to improve health in Merton, the CCG should engage with air quality issues, as well as protecting green spaces and encouraging healthy outdoor activities such as gardening, walking and cycling. MCCG works with the South West London Collaborative Commissioning group which is developing a five year plan - see HERE

25. YMCA - residents to get more involved 
Michael is the Resident Liaison Worker and Volunteer Coordinator in Wimbledon and Surbiton. This is a new position and was created following restructuring of the YMCA. The Y-cubes and other residences in Mitcham are organised separately.

Michael is on the lookout for opportunities for residents to get involved in activities within the YMCA and in the surrounding community. Once he finds out what residents are interested in doing, he can then match them up to opportunities. Some volunteers are already helping with Sustainable Merton projects. If you have a suitable project, please get in touch with Michael by emailing him at
info.wimbledon@ymcalsw.org . It was suggested that volunteers can be encouraged by offering taster sessions, so that they can try things out without feeling that they have to commit.


 

Events


various dates to 3rd Dec
Walk4Life

Thinking about walking more? Why not join Walk4Life organised walks around the wonderful parks and green spaces of Merton. Walks are approx. 50 mins - or 15-30 mins for beginners. Organised by Merton Council. Find dates, venues and anything else HERE

Sun 22nd Nov  10am - 1pm
Workday
Ravensbury Park, Morden

Meet at the central bridge on the River Wandle, to help the Friends’ group with various tasks dependent on season e.g. pruning, litter picking, sycamore felling. We recommend you wear strong shoes or boots. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Find out more HERE. Contact Jane 07773 406 105

Wed 25th Nov 8pm
Lavender Talk
Coach House, Melrose Road

The John Innes is organising a talk by Alison Cousins of the Wandle Industrial Museum on the local lavender industry and some of the social history connected with this popular plant. £4 - payable at the door. Tea and coffee will be available.

Fri 27th Nov  12.30 - 2.30pm & 7.30 - 9.30pm
DOCUMENTARY: How to end Poverty in 15 years (Don't Panic)
11 Wilberforce House. 119 Worple Rd  SW20 8ET

Another excellent documentary from the BBC. The Sustainable Development Goal to "leave no one behind" is examined - and it could be achieved given the will to do so. Film lasts an hour and discussions will follow. All welcome, but RSVP to alisonwilliams36@btinternet.com/tel 8944 0574 is essential, as venue is very small.


Sun 29th Nov 10am-1pm
Fruiting Hedge Maintenance
Cannon Hill Common, Cannon Hill Lane SW20 (in the old orchard behind the nature reserve)

Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday to maintain the fruiting hedge. Find out more HERE.

Sun 29th November  12 noon
Climate March
Park Lane, central London

Join the huge march to persuade governments to take the right decisions at the Paris climate talks from 30th Nov - 12th Dec. Lots of groups are going along - FoE, WWF, Christian Aid, Operation Noah etc. Find one to join - or just go along. In London and over 3000 cities around the world - see HERE


2nd & 3rd Dec  12noon - 8pm
Crossrail Roadshow
Wimbledon Piazza, SW19 8QB

Come and see all the information about the giant Crossrail 2 project, find out what it meants for Wimbledon and ask questions of Crossrail staff.

Tues 3rd Dec  7.30pm
CROSSRAIL - public meeting

Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Road SW19 4AA

Come to learn more and to share ideas about this massive project. It will undoubtedly cause disruption to Wimbledon, but also represents a unique opportunity for everyone to shape a new and more sustainable town centre. See consultation documents HERE.  Please bring along a copy of the Wimbledon proposals HERE.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th Dec  10am - 1pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance

Raynes Park Sports Ground, Taunton Ave (off Camberley Ave from W Barnes Lane at back of Waitrose) SW20 0BH
Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Dec, 10am-1pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance

Common Extension playing fields, Robin Hood Rd (off A3, S of Robin Hood gate) SW15 3QF

Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.

Sat 16th Jan  10am-1pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance
Morden Park playing fields, London Rd (opp. mosque) SM4 5HE

Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.

Sun 17th Jan 10am-1pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance
The Canons (behind the leisure centre), Mitcham CR4 4HD

Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.

Sat 23th & Sun 24th Jan 11am-2pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance

Moreton Green, Middleton Rd & Merevale Crescent SM4 6HL
Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.


Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan, 10am-1pm
Hedge Planting
Near the entrance to Haydons Rd Railway Station  SW19 8SL

Join local resident Patrick and Merton Tree Wardens to plant a native hedge by the fruit trees and bushes. This will help beautify this area near the entrance to the station. Find out more HERE.


 

Regular events


Mondays
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.



Tuesdays
second Tuesdays  from 8pm
Green Drinks

At the Charles Holden Pub (opp Colliers Wood tube station) 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH
The perfect social event for those interested in sustainability issues and wanting to meet other like-minded people is back! The new venue is a lovely pub at the entrance to Wandle Park. Easy to get to from Wimbledon via the 200 bus - and Colliers Wood tube station is just across the road.


Wednesdays
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 gillianuk@btinternet.com 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.

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.


third Wednesdays  8 - 10pm
Merton Friends of the Earth - Monthly Meet Up
William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SD

All are welcome at this new group to discuss issues including climate change. You'll hear more about the ongoing local Bee Campaign and how you can help with general maintenance in Wandle Park. Enquiries: auriel.glanville@btopenworld.com


Thursdays
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 info@mertoncyclists.org.uk 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


Fridays
every Friday 10-12am
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood
Join Auriel and Tom for some gardening at this friendly group. For more information, contact Tom at
sustainablemerton@googlemail.com

second Fridays   from 9.30 - 11am
John Innes Gardening Group

JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. Meet up by the mulberry tree. Bring secateurs and a trowel. For more information, please contact info@wdc-cnd.org.uk 


Saturdays
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


Sundays

first Sundays
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.

third Sundays
Friends of the Canons - Workday
The Canons Recreation Ground (meet at the pond)
at 10am
Come along and help maintain this beautiful area. Including clearing trees and beds of invasive species and surveying important parts of the site. Tools and refreshments provided. Please wear stout shoes and bring gardening gloves. Sessions usually last about 3 hours, but please just come for as long as you like. For more information, contact John Davis: 020 8640 4578 / 07739 513948.

fourth Sundays
Fish Pond Wood & Beverley Meads - Workday
meet in Beverley Meads car park, Barham Rd at 9.30am

Maintenance work. Organised by the London Wildlife Trust Merton Group. For more info, contact Steve Parish 07949 400298 or email  sarahkaytyler@yahoo.co.uk or Glyn Williams 0777 5773400 willigjj@yahoo.co.uk