Green Coffee
The next Green coffee will be on 8th Oct  9.30-11am i.e. the SECOND Tuesday. This will be at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd   SW19 1LT. Everyone is welcome.

Green Coffee members have been helping to pick apples, mulberries and damsons for Abundance, Steve is planning to make some cider - and plans are being made for Abundance Fruit Day on Sept 21st  11am - 2pm at St Mark's Church garden & hall. Carole is organising fruity games, Alice is bringing fruit dyed yarns and her spinning wheel, there will be lots of jams, jellies, cakes all made with local fruit, juice fresh from Juliet's fruit press, Alison's wonderful Wimbledon honey and Charles's fruity plants.

So please put Abundance Fruit Day in your diary! 

Special offers for Green Coffee

Sutton Community Farm -
sign up to a weekly veggie bag, and get the third bag free. Place your order HERE, select 'weekly' and type in 'YMCAOFFER' in the special requests box.

Polka Theatre's "The Planet and Stuff" - book your tickets HERE or over the phone tel. 8543 4888. When asked for a promotion code, then enter "PLANET8" to get a one third discount.

Topics at September Green Coffee

Abundance  &   Fruit Day
Sutton Community Farm – crowdfunder & special offer
Terracycling coffee packaging
Wool against Weapons
Picking Mulberries
Using Fruit Dyes
The Planet and Stuff
Southbank Roof Garden
Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future
Save St Raphael’s Hospice
Myrna Close Nature Reserve
Tamworth Farm
Capital Clean up Fund
What to do with…. 

What's On?

14.9  2-4pm
Table Top Sale
Holy Trinity School

18.9 from 8pm
Green Drinks

Hand & Racquet

21.9  11am-2pm
Fruit Day
St Mark's garden

8.9 10am-4pm
Volunteer Day
Tamworth allotments

28.9 11am - 4pm
Harvest Festival
Deen City Farm

28.9 & 29.9
Volunteer Day

Tamworth allotments

   Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

September Green Coffee - what happened?

Abundance  &   Fruit Day 
Sat 21st Sept  11am - 2pm
The fruit picking is well underway. Already, 465 kilos of fruit have been picked including 300 kilos of apples, as well as pears, plums, mulberries, redcurrants and cherries. Green Coffee members are making a major contribution to picking this year.
The following stalls are planned for Fruit Day on Sept 21st:
Fruit press – turning apples and pears into fresh juice
Jams, jellies and chutneys – range of homemade jams made with local fruit
Cake, tarts and sweets – again made with local fruit
Jam tasting – try some novel jams and compotes for free, on delicious gourmet breads
Pie-making – help put together your own fruit pie and take it home
Plants – fruit and edible plants including strawberries, blackcurrants, herbs and winter salads
Honey – wonderful Wimbledon honey
Information Stall – expert advice on looking after fruit trees
Spinning Wheel – featuring fruit and nut dyed yarns
Games – the Polka Theatre's Human Fruit Machine, possibly with The Girl Guides helping. There is also a Longest Peel game.
Priory School Stall – with fruit printing and produce from the school garden
Also a raffle, the International Ukulele Orchestra and opening by The Mayor.
Help is needed on the stalls and donations of jams & chutneys and baked goods would be welcome. If you would like to help, please contact Joyce at  Or else, come along to Abundance Fruit Day on Sat 21st Sept 11am - 2pm - everyone is welcome and entry is free.
Sutton Community Farm – crowdfunding & special offer
The plan is to expand the veggie bag scheme to make the farm self-funding. Achieving this requires some cash in the short term. So Sutton Community Farm has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £15,000. The campaign is on Phil Geraghty’s Crowdfunder website. (Phil is a Green Coffee member and is MD of Crowdfunder).
So you can help to support Sutton Community Farm by pledging anything from £5 upwards. (A £5 pledge means you will get your name on the shed and an invite to the pizza party – more rewards for larger pledges.) Find out more HERE
Also, Sutton Community Farm has offered Green Coffee members a special deal. If you sign up to a weekly veggie bag, you will get the third bag free! Place your order HERE, select 'weekly' and type in 'YMCAOFFER' in the special requests box.
Terracycling coffee packaging
Following discussion of Terracycling at July, Joyce tried to sign up for recycling coffee packaging at Green Coffee, but found it was not an acceptable proposal as there needs to be a fixed location that is open to the public. Kim is arranging for The Polka Theatre to become a collection point for coffee packaging. So drop your coffee packaging off at the Polka Theatre in the red box or else bring it to Green Coffee and it will be taken to the Polka collection box. 

Wool against Weapons
Joanna continues with the big pink knit – most recently seen at the Friends of the Earth Green Day at Deen City Farm, where children contributed to the knitting. This is to raise awareness of the two UK nuclear establishments.
POST MEETING NOTE: The 'pink knit' will continue on the International Day of Peace (Sept 21st) outside Wimbledon Library from 2.30. The general public will be invited to participate.
Merton Council has now signed up to the pledge to improve how lorries interact with cyclists on the road – and is thought to be the last borough in London to do so. The Merton Abbey to South Wimbledon cycle path is currently closed, making it really dangerous for cyclists.
POST MEETING NOTE: Merton Council has been short-listed for a £100m Mayor of London programme to improve facilities for cycling in four London boroughs. Find more information on page 4 of the Wimbledon Guardian 5.9.13 HERE
Picking Mulberries
There is a mulberry tree in John Innes Park, but it is really old and fragile. Mulberries have to be used really quickly and so are never found in shops.
Using Fruit Dyes
If anyone has inedible fruit, then please get in touch with Alice as she can use it to dye yarns. All types of fruit can be used, except for apples as they are not colourful enough. Fruit can be damaged but not mouldy. Please contact Alice at with your windfalls.
The Planet and Stuff
The  Polka Theatre’s new production is aimed at children aged 9-13, although all ages are welcome. Children have done lots of interviews, from people in a rubbish recycling factory to Greenpeace to find out “How can we solve climate change”.  This production is the outcome of all those interviews. Climate change does not form a part of the core curriculum in schools, but children can be engaged in this whole area through initiatives like this one. The Polka has a schools marketing officer who spends their whole time speaking to schools. Green Coffee members are eligible for discounted tickets - £8 instead of £12 - and should use the promotion code "PLANET8" when booking the tickets online HERE or by calling 8543 4888. Green Coffee suggested leaflets could be placed at Deen City Farm, Green Square and Abundance Fruit Day.
Kim invited green groups to put their leaflets on the information table at the Polka Theatre and also to take a stall in the foyer before or after the show on any Saturday.
Southbank Roof Garden
There are only a few days left to visit this wonderful garden – it ends on Sept 8th.
Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future
This is a new report from the Centre for Alternative Technology. This report explores how Britain can achieve carbon neutrality by utilizing science and technology, changing transport, buildings and behavior and integrating carbon emissions into international negotiations. Essential reading for everyone interested in our future.
Save St Raphael’s Hospice
The hospice has provided care to people with serious illnesses for many years and has operated alongside St Anthony’s a charitable hospital run by nuns. However the decision has been taken to sell off the hospital, putting the hospice under threat. Sign the petition to ask the Vatican to intervene HERE
Myrna Close Nature Reserve
Slow worms have been found there! This obviously supports the case for preserving the area.
Tamworth Farm
This weekend, there will be 12 teenagers from the Challenge Network coming to help clear the area. On the weekend of the 28th/29th there will be 60 teenagers. Adult volunteers are needed to oversee the work. Please contact if you can help.
Capital Clean up Fund
Grants of up to £500 are available to local groups for cleaning up areas as well as Clean Up Kits, including litter pickers, tabards, bin bags and a £50 voucher to help fund planting, painting and clearing.  The deadline for applications is 16th Sept. For more information see HERE 
What to do with….
Unripe pears – can be gently poached.
Too many tomatoes - make a puree and freeze it.
Low energy light bulbs - recycle at Robert Dyas or the bins at Savacentre.
Grapes – bring them to the fruit press at Abundance Fruit Day – Sept 21st.
Sat 14th Sept  2-4pm
Table Top Sale

The School Hall, Holy Trinity Primary School, Effra Road
Sale of new and used goods  e.g. baby and pre-schooler items, jewellery, cakes etc. This event is organised by Friends of Holy Trinity School. Free entry for kids and 50p for adults. All are welcome. If you would like a table (£6 for a table) or would like to volunteer, please contact Clare at .

Sat 21st Sept  11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day 2013
St Mark's Church hall and garden, 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. For more details see the website Find the venue  HERE

Sat 21st Sept  
Edible Gardens Open Day

Details will be announced soon - see HERE

Fri 27th Sept to Sat 26th Oct
The Planet and Stuff
The Polka Theatre

New production about climate change for young people, ages 9 - 13. The show takes audiences on an interactive whistle-stop tour around the planet, covering everything from global inequality to your own recycling, from sweet wrappers to landfill, all navigated by two actors and local children who have interviewed key players in the climate change debate as content for the show. Find more information HERE. Book tickets and sue the special Green Coffee discount code - PLANET8 -  to get one third off!

Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept  
Volunteer day - Tamworth Farm
London Rd, opposite Figges Marsh
Adult volunteers are needed to work with 60 young people from the Challenge Network. If you can help out for a couple of hours or for the whole day (10am-4pm), then please email   Find a map HERE.

Sat 28th Sept  11am - 4pm
Harvest Festival 
Deen City Farm
Stalls - Tea & Cake - Talks - Demonstrations - Competitions - Craft Activities - Film - massage -Animal parade with the marvelous magical wishing well - Music and much more! - Find out more  HERE

28th & 29th Sept

Transition Town Tooting's annual celebration of Tooting's food culture - people growing food in back gardens, allotments, pots and windowsills, restauranteurs cooking with local food, music, comedy, stalls, games, competitions and food tasting - find more information HERE

Sun 29th Sept  11am-4pm
The Living Wandle -  launch event
Morden Hall Park
Special feature "Love Hedgehogs" with Green Coffee members Auriel Glanville and Alison Pelikan. Find out more about Guided Walk of Watermeads, Wandle Trust, Chapter House, Young Piscators, Wandle Landscape Walk and Piscators - and Go Batty at the End of the Day. Have a look at the booklet HERE And the leaflet for the event is HERE

Sat 5th Oct   10.30am – 12.30pm
Plant & Produce Bring and Buy Sale
The Coach House,  Melrose Rd

Selling compost, bulbs, autumn/winter bedding plants, perennials and shrubs, garden produce, jams and chutneys and holly seedlings. Or join us for coffee and cakes. All contributions are welcome. If you can donate plants/produce, if you can help on the day or make cakes please contact Ann Redfearn ( or 020 8286 9983).

Third Wed, from 8pm 
Green Drinks
Hand & Racquet pub, 25-27 Wimbledon Hill, SW19 7NE
Everyone is welcome at Green Drinks, now in a central Wimbledon location. If you are interested in green and other sustainability issues, then this is an opportunity to exchange ideas, find out what's happening and just have a chat with like-minded people. The next Green Drinks is on 18th Sept. To find out how to get to the Hand & Racquet, see here. Find the venue here.

Second Sunday   10am - 12 noon
 Make a Difference  
This group meets up at a different Colliers Wood location once a month. The group plants, trims trees, tidies up plastic bags, does weeding - whatever is needed. For information on where to meet up, see 
Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND
This is a new market in the centre of Wimbledon, with local food & drink and craft stalls. The next market is on 14th Sept. Entry is £1. If you would like to book a stall or want more information, please contact 

Second Fridays   from 9.30am onwards
John Innes Gardening Group

Bring secateurs and a trowel.  To find out where to meet up, please contact
every Wed morning
Phipp’s Bridge Community Allotment

Contact the leader of the project if you would like to come and have a look or get involved - Gillian 07956 170141 

First Thursdays
Sow and Grow Local
Salt & Pepper Café, 177 Replingham Rd  SW18 5LY
Join Tim for a fun evening talking about how to plan growing fruit, salads and vegetables in your garden or on your windowsill. Seed swop and lots of tips. Get in touch with your food chain ! Cost is £6 per session. Find out more by contacting Tim tel. 07836781498 or   Download more information HERE.

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 10am - 12noon & 2.30-4.30 pm; Saturdays 10am-12noon
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood
Join Keith 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