Green Coffee         October  2015
Hello All
Thanks to everyone for coming to October Green Coffee - and especially to Juliet for chairing this excellent meeting and writing up the notes. We were delighted to welcome three new members - Lisa, Giles and Penny and hope you will continue your involvement with Green Coffee.

October Green Coffee covered a whole range of interesting things, from ideas for disposing of your old car, to the continuing controversy at Plough Lane.

And finally we've just heard that Streatham Community Garden is holding its Apple Day on Sunday 25th Oct. They need apples, so please get in touch if you have some. Or else go along and join in with the apple pressing etc. Lots of fun!

The next Green Coffee will be on Tues 3rd Nov, 9.30 - 11am at the YMCA cafe upstairs and we hope to see you there. If you can't make this, the one after is on Tues 1st Dec.

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news at October Green Coffee

Recycling & Waste

1. Get your Green Bag from Bishop Gilpin School
2. How to Give Away your Old Car!
3. The Vine Project

4. How to Reduce Packaging from Supermarkets

The Built Environment

5. WEHRA update
6. Controversy continues at Plough Lane
7. HealthWatch - air pollution, fast food & betting shops

Gardening & Food

8. Help needed at the Wimbledon Common Nature Club
9. Greengrocer deliveries to your doorstep

Reports on Events

10. Baked Alaska - Holy Trinity
11. People's Pilgrimage

Other things local

12. Sustainable Merton - update
13. Green Coffee welcomes new members

What's On?
25.10 10.30 - 3.30
Apple Day
Streatham Common

27.10  10 - 12
Gardening Action Day
Lavender Avenue CR4 3HH

31.10  10.30 - 4
Scientists for Global Responsibility
Farringdon  EC1M 6EL

31.5 10 - 2
Gardening Action Day

Mitcham Comm Orchard  CR4 3AL

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

October Green Coffee - news

Recycling & Waste

1. Get your Green Bag from Bishop Gilpin School
The 5p charge for plastic bags is being introduced in supermarkets on Monday 5th October. Instead of paying for polluting plastic, you can buy a beautiful cotton ecobag, designed by the children of Bishop Gilpin School. The bag will be sold for just £3 each (or two bags for £5) in Sainsbury's on Monday 5th October or anytime from the school in Lake Road, Wimbledon. See the Wimbledon Guardian article HERE.

2. How to Give Away your Old Car!
You may not be offered very much for your old car, so why not give it to a good cause? Some years ago, Carole donated her car to the 'Give a Car' charity, which then raised £450 for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability. (Much better than the £50 she was offered for part-exchange). 'Give a Car' will collect your car for free, auction it or sell it for scrap. (Carole even received a 'thank you' letter from the new owner of the car, saying it was running well.) Find out more about this charity HERE.

Another way of putting an old car to good use is to give it to the fire brigade so that it can be used for training purposes - this is what Carole's brother recently did.

3. The Vine Project
See a very interesting video about how the Vine Project works HERE. The Vine Projects recycles furniture, toys, electricals, even books. It repairs items and sells them in its shops in Sutton and Mitcham, and particularly helps people with little money to furnish their homes. If items can't be reused, their deconstruction team will extract the bits that are recyclable (often as much as 90% of any item) thus removing all this from the waste stream.

4. How to Reduce Packaging from Supermarkets
Following discussions at August Green Coffee, Alan has investigated how best to get the supermarkets to reduce the amount of packaging. He made the following points:
  • Dumping packaging at the checkout has been tried in Germany, but this was unsuccessful.
  • Trading standards authorities are not interested in excessive packaging.
  • Using the complaints box in supermarkets could be worthwhile.
  • People should shop more at those small retailers and markets where less packaging is used

The Built Environment

5. WEHRA update
The Community Forum in June has led to several initiatives.
  • A project to research what Wimbledon means to people, develop the Wimbledon brand and market it.
  • Looking at how to rejuvenate Wimbledon Village. It has a fast turnover of shops and footfall needs to be increased.
  • Involving more local young people in deciding the future for Wimbledon - like the "Best of Battersea" project, by a schoolgirl in that local area. A 'Young Wimbledon' forum is being planned.
There have been a lot of complaints about poor street cleaning. If you'd like to see an improvement, then contact Love Wimbledon at and tell them your concerns. If you see rubbish lying in the street, you can ask the council to remove it using the smart phone app LoveCleanStreets or by reporting it using the Street Scene Enquiry Form (selecting 'street cleansing'). Find both HERE

WEHRA has suggested that licensing permits should only be issued to applicants on condition that they pick up litter within a certain distance of the premises.

6. Controversy continues at Plough Lane
Meetings are planned to discuss the Greyhound Stadium planning application and the need for a new secondary school in the north part of Merton. In advance of the meetings, Wimbledon Park Residents' Association outlined its arguments in the leaflet HERE. These are in favour of secondary school provision and against the new proposal for homes plus a football stadium.

7. On the Healthwatch agenda - air pollution, fast food & betting shops
Jade reported that she is attending a meeting with other Healthwatch groups across London to raise concerns about the health impact of poor air quality on London residents – we’re looking forward to hearing the outcome of this.
Also, Healthwatch Merton recently supported Public Health Merton on their Statement of Licensing Policy consultation, with the hope of putting restrictions fast food outlets, betting shops and places to buy alcohol in Mitcham.


Gardening & Food

8. Wimbledon Common Nature Club
This is a wonderful club for 6 - 18 year olds on the first Sunday of every month 10am-12noon. It has run for 10 years but needs some additional help to keep going. The club is looking for a Co-Club Leader to share responsibility for taking sessions and to help develop the educational and fun programme of events. Also an assistant is needed to register the children as they arrive with their families. Find out more from Auriel the club leader at or tel. 020 8540 6154.

9. Greengrocer deliveries to your doorstep
If you'd like greengrocer deliveries to your doorsteps, then this service is available. Nicholas Hill does a weekly delivery in Wimbledon and you can contact him at or leave a message on the ansaphone 020 8335 3410. Thank you Joanna for that great suggestion.


Events & Articles

10. Baked Alaska - Holy Trinity
This play by Riding Lights looks at the realities of climate change in a high energy, seriously funny style. At Holy Trinity Church on Oct 5th and St John's in Waterloo on Oct 6th.
POST MEETING NOTE: There was an excellent turnout to see the play at Holy Trinity, including several Green Coffee members.

11. People's Pilgrimage
This event on 11th Oct is part of a worldwide project to concentrate minds on getting the right decisions made at the United Nations meeting in Paris in December.
POST MEETING NOTE: 23 people joined Juliet for the 2 mile walk through Morden Hall Park. The People's Pilgrimage banner made by Juliet attracted the interest of the other walkers in the park.


Other things local

12. Update on Sustainable Merton
Tom gave an update on current projects. Dig Merton has been active over the summer months, with herb planting in Haslemere Avenue and Merantun Way. The project to establish Community Champions is progressing, with plans being made to appoint a Project Manager, find funding and outline how the project will be delivered. Sustainable Merton is also running the Environment Sub Group, which brings together businesses, public services and charities to make Merton more sustainable. SM is leading this project with the help of the council.

13. Green Coffee welcomes new members
Lisa works on community health and wellbeing projects at the YMCA. She is keen to be involved with Green Coffee, as a way of linking in with local groups and individuals interested in the local environment and community.

Having long had an interest in the environment and education, Giles came along to Green Coffee to find out what others are doing.

Penny led the Wimbledon Community Forum meeting in the YMCA in June. Her main interest is in communication and she runs 'Change Chemistry' to help people make the best of their expertise. Penny wants to hear what people in Merton are doing and to encourage us all to keep doing small things as they will help make bigger change happen.



Sun 25th Oct 10.30am - 3.30pm
Apple Day
Streatham Community Garden, the Rookery, Streatham Common

This third Apple Day will be bigger and better than ever! This year we will be providing lunch for participants. Please bring your locally produced apples and pears to be pressed – for juice and cider/perry – and get a share of the produce and we’ll put you on our apple map!!. We will also be providing apples (and juice) from Brogdale for tasting and pressing. There will be two pressing sessions: the first between 10.30 – 12.30 (followed by lunch) and the second between 1.30 – 3.30. Lunch will be provided courtesy of funding from Incredible Edible Lambeth. If you can donate apples, please contact Penny at

Tues 27th Oct 10am - 12pm
Dig Merton - Family Action Day
Lavender Avenue, CR4 3HH

Join local volunteers and the Dig Merton team to prepare the garden for winter.

Sat 31st Oct, 10.30am - 4.30pm
CONFERENCE: Scientists for Global Responsibility
The Gallery, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL

This year's conference is entitled "Messages for the Paris conference: The forgotten dimensions of climate change". It will focus on important topics not on the agenda at the December UN meeting - 'Keeping 80% of fossil fuels in the ground' and 'Climate change and military technology'. Find out more HERE

Sat 31st Oct  10am - 2pm
Mitcham Community Orchard & Garden - Action Day
Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL

Come along to help maintain the garden and enjoy the fresh autumn air. Refreshments, cake and tools provided. Further information from or the website HERE


Regular events

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.

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.

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 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:

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.

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

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

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 

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


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 or Glyn Williams 0777 5773400