Green Coffee       June 2016
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Thanks to everyone for coming to June Green Coffee. There was certainly a lot to talk about this month!

We started off with a request for a site to test soil pollution in anticipation of the incinerator, we heard about the new Independent Merton Green Space Forum, plans to clean up a footpath in Morden, plus infestations and diseases affecting plants and homes around Merton - and the welcome news that there are now nesting sites for swifts at Dundonald School, thanks to the Green Coffee network.

Since the meeting, Sustainable Merton sent Green Coffee the results of their air quality measurements around Merton. This is important information that will help people avoid the most polluted areas and lobby for development that improves air quality. Find them HERE.

Next Green Coffee will be on Tuesday 5th July at 9.30 to 11am at the Wibbas Down Inn. This is the J.D. Weatherspoon pub with entrances from both Russell Road opposite Wimbledon theatre and Gladstone Road, SW19 1QT between Paddy Power and the cycle shop. We have a space right in the middle of the pub between the two entrances. The meeting after that will be on Tues 2nd August.

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news at June Green Coffee

Air Quality
1. Sustainable Merton - air quality results
2. The Incinerator - measuring baseline pollution
3. TTIP & CETA - update

4. Crossrail 2 - update
5. Top Tips for Securing your Bike
6. Merton Cycling Campaign - fun week

Green Spaces
7. Independent Merton Green Spaces Forum
8. Council Announces Preferred Bidders

Town Centre Update
9. Wimbledon Theatre Car Park
10. New Hotels Planned: Premier Inn & The Slug
11. Shops in Wimbledon Town Centre

Recycling & Waste
2. Morden -  clean up & recycle
13. Leopold Rd - rubbish hotspot
14. Recycling's a Doddle!
15. Recycling Generates Cash
16. New Plans for Recycling in Merton

7. Front Gardens, Lawns, Box Hedges & Oak Trees
18. Christ Church Community Garden
19. A Thriving Remembrance Woodland
20. Bees need Protection
21. Learn about Beekeeping
22. Slugs, slugs, slugs!

23. Try Semi-hydroponics

Petitions & Consultations
4. PETITION: swifts
25. PETITION: stag beetles
26. PETITION: bees
27. POLL: leaving space for cyclists

Other Things Local
28. Abundance again in 2016
29. Sending Parcels - now less sustainable
30. New Home for Swifts in Dundonald School

31. And ... carpet moths
What's On?

25.6  from 11am
Clean Up & Recycle

& 26.6

Wimbledon Common

Music in the Park
John Innes Park

from 7pm
FILM: Racing Extinction
Kingston Env Centre

from 7.30pm
William Morris Evening
Sultan Pub

Mulching Morning
Wandle Park

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

June Green Coffee - news

Air Quality

1. Sustainable Merton - air quality results
In April, Ruth told Green Coffee that Sustainable Merton and LSx (London Sustainability Exchange) were measuring NO2 levels across Merton. SM has just received the results back from the laboratory - see them HERE.

Hotspots for air pollution in Merton are:
  • Kingston Rd/Dorset Rd junction  (64 micro grams per cubic metre)
  • Haydon's Rd/Plough Lane junction  (61)
  • Church Rd (Mitcham) mini roundabout  (46)
  • Kingston Rd, Nelson Centre  (46)
  • Junction 217/Morden Rd  (44)
  • Wimbledon Stadium  (42)
These readings are taken using diffusion tubes which were in place for about a month from 10th March. They reflect average NO2 levels over that month.

For comparision:
  • the EU says that NO2 should not be above 40, when averaged over a year.
    All of the above locations would breach this limit if NO2 levels averaged over a year were similar to these results.

  • the EU also says that NO2 levels (averaged over an hour) should not exceed 120, more than 18 times per year. This measure puts a limit on pollution at peak times.
    SM/LSx has not measured peak NO2 levels (i.e. over an hour at busy times), so we don't know if this limit has been breached.

  • In 2010, the London Air Quality Network mapped NO2 levels across London - see HERE. The SM/LSx results are consistent with the map. It is interesting to note that the NO2 levels in the middle of Wimbledon Common were around 30, considerably higher than the levels found in rural areas (10-20) - see HERE.
Please note that all comparisons should be treated with caution as SM/LSx measures were just done over a month and so are a snapshot of air quality in these areas. To get a really accurate profile, SM would like to carry out a year long survey which would involve 120 tubes. This would be expensive (around £2,000) and SM is looking for funding for this.

2. The Incinerator - measuring baseline pollution
Craig attended a UKWIN (UK without incineration network) recently. The importance of taking soil samples was highlighted. Therefore Craig would like to take a soil sample now so that baseline pollution levels could be assessed and asked Green Coffee is anyone could offer a 1 metre square plot of land in or near Mitcham. A Green Coffee member said that Craig could do so in her garden in Morden. The soil sample will be sent off for proper analysis, which will cost around £200. The incinerator operator is responsible for monitoring pollution. So measures from Craig and other activists will provide independent evidence.

If the incinerator is working properly, then it is claimed there will be little pollution. Pollution emitted should be equivalent to 27 kilometres of motorway and by dispersing it from a high chimney, it should not cause a problem. However, in setting up all the filters etc. there will be a period when pollution is not properly controlled. Also, the plant will be allowed to exceed pollution standards for a number of days in the year. Th dispersal from a high chimney means that potential pollution is likely to be worse 2-10 kilometres from the chimney, rather than right next to it.  Also as prevailing winds are from the south west, most pollution would be blown to the north east of the chimney i.e. towards Crystal Palace and Lewisham, not towards Merton. See the plume plotter map HERE

3. TTIP & CETA - update  
Many groups around the EU are now aware of TTIP and the issues. Therefore, it is being given closer scrutiny and may never happen. For more information, see website stop-TTIP - HERE

CETA (the Comprehensive Trade Agreement) has been under the radar and is close to completion. It looks like it can be given the go-ahead by the EU without the agreement of individual states. On the face of it, CETA is a free trade agreement between Canada and the EU. However according to Craig, it requires local government to treat foreign investors equally to local companies and this could have general application. As proposed by TTIP, foreign companies would be able to sue government in secret courts, if government (including local government) actions impact on company profits. So Craig asks that people become aware of CETA and take action to stop it.

Joanna and the Green Coffee group thanked Craig for all his work. It is due to tireless campaigners such as Craig that we know about issues like TTIP and Louise that we are aware of the shortage of nesting sites for swifts. Progress has been made as a result.


4. Crossrail 2 - update
A recent article in the Wimbledon Guardian covered an interview with Michele Dix, the managing director of Crossrail 2 - see HERE. Crossrail also attended the recent Wimbledon Community Forum meeting, along with Paul McGarry from Merton Council, who talked about the forthcoming masterplan for Wimbledon Town Centre. Some of the points made:
  • a summary of the 21,000 responses to the pre-consultation were published in March - HERE
  • Crossrail's response to the comments from the public will be published in the next month or two, answering issues raised and identifying ideas they could take forward.
  • the revised proposal for Crossrail 2 will be issued in the autumn, along with a full consultation.
  • the plans for Wimbledon seem to be a major problem and the issues are difficult to solve
  • the proposed Wimbledon Masterplan is 3 months behind schedule, so won't be published for a little while. There will be a full consultation.
  • Merton Council is working with Centre Court to look at where businesses could relocate to if Centre Court (or part of it) is demolished.

5. Top Tips for Securing your Bike
In the recent circular from Merton's police, a (former) bike thief said:
  • Invest in a decent lock. Get a D lock or anything that costs. The more expensive the lock the better its going to be.
  • There’s a triangle of metal just behind the saddle column, and that’s made like it is for the purpose of locking your bike securely, but people don’t know that. Put your lock through there and you should be able to get it through your back wheel.
  • Take your quick release front wheel off and lock it to the back one. People sometimes put the lock through the front wheel. That’s fine, I’ll have the rest of the bike and get myself another front wheel.
  • You should never lock it below the handlebars. An allen key will get the handlebar column off.
6. Merton Cycling Campaign - fun week
MCC is holding a solstice ride through Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park on 15th June. Also its annual BBQ on 17th June. Find details below under EVENTS.

Green Spaces

7. Independent Merton Green Spaces Forum
Local 'Friends of' groups, tree wardens and other groups and individuals, concerned about the contracting out of green space maintenance, have formed the Independent Green Spaces Forum. A statement from the new group says as follows:

Anyone interested is invited to join the first meeting on Tues 19th July. As well as introducing the work of the Forum we are expecting news on Merton Council's contracting out of green space maintenance in early July.  This is sure to be a focus and the discussion will inform a meeting we have with Merton Council's Chris Lee in late July. If you or your group is interested and haven’t yet been in touch, send your details to the new forum address to be added to our database and receive details of the meeting. It's free to get involved.

8. Council Announces Preferred Bidders 
The council is contracting out waste collection and maintenance of green spaces, in collaboration with Croydon, Sutton and Kingston councils. It is hoped that the eight-year contracts could save councils more than the £30m target. The preferred bidder for bin collection and cleaning is Veolia and this would cover the four boroughs. (See article 16 for information on new recycling plans.) The preferred bidder for maintenance of parks and cemeteries in Sutton and Merton is The Landscape Group, which is described as a horticultural, landscaping and grounds maintenance specialist. See the Wimbledon Guardian article HERE

Town Centre Update

9. Wimbledon Theatre Car Park
This will be sold to developers without any restriction on what can be built there. The theatre currently uses part of this car park for trailers and refrigeration units (for ice shows) and it is expected that this space will continue to be provided. Previously, the council agreed to sell the site for commercial use, as long as it included community facilities. However, this provision was dropped in 2013.

See the very interesting deliberations at the Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting on 2nd June, which in the end decided to let the proposed sale go ahead - HERE.

10. New Hotels Planned: Premier Inn & The Slug 
At 153 – 161 The Broadway, the proposal is to demolish existing buildings and erect a 9 storey, 176 bedroom hotel and ground floor restaurant, with two bays for disabled parking. According to the article in WimbledonSW19 HERE, a previous application (10 storey, 149 bedroom hotel with 19 car parking spaces) was approved in 2013. See application 16/p1149  HERE.  This is the old Henry J Beans site.

A 150 room hotel is also proposed for the Hartfield Rd site of The Slug pub. See HERE

Both of these sites are near the station and so should be convenient for people arriving by train. However, there is a lot of concern about the lack of car parking at both and the impact this could have on residents living nearby.

11. Shops in Wimbledon Town Centre
LoveWimbledon recently announced that Waterstones will be re-opening at 40-42 The Broadway, opposite The Piazza. At the recent Community Forum meeting, it was confirmed that the council no longer has powers to stop retail premises being used for a bank, as this power was removed by central government a couple of years ago.

Leigh reported that she and Jane Plant had recently planted up growing areas outside of the new MetroBank - I can confirm they look lovely!


Recycling & Waste

  12. Morden -  clean up & recycle 
Merton Green Party and Merton Park Residents' Association are organising a clean-up and collection of recyclables and say that thanks are due to Councillor Peter Southgate for making this possible.  It will be on Saturday 25 June at 11am in Morden - see EVENTS below for details. The footpath between London Road and Kenley Road adjoins an area strewn with rubbish including loads of recyclable bottles and cans.  It's a private road so not the Council's responsibility to clean.  We aim to collect as much recyclable material as we can and move the rubbish to the main road for the Council to clear.  Contact Tom Killick if you'd like to help -, 07821 882380.

13. Leopold Rd - rubbish hotspot
A recent article in Wimbledon Guardian highlighted the owner of Ambience restaurant in Wimbledon who wants Merton Council to remove an unsightly bin outside his award winning restaurant. The bin is covered in unsightly stickers and is a magnet for fly-tipped rubbish bags. See HERE

14. Recycling's a Doddle!
Leigh reported that Doddle recycles cardboard, bubble wrap and paper. Doddle is located opposite Centre Court and is where you can send and collect parcels. Amazon uses loads of packaging, so Doddle collects all of this and re-uses it when things need more wrapping. They can also arrange for someone near you to accept your package when you are out. They are currently looking for people to provide this service. Find out more at

15. Recycling Generates Cash
Several people have alerted Green Coffee to the money now being offered by Tesco to local groups for improving outside spaces. The funds are from all the 5 pences people have spent on plastic bags since the charge was introduced last year. If you would like to discuss an idea or would like support for putting in an application, please contact of Groundwork (they are managing this scheme in South London)

16. New Plans for Recycling in Merton
When waste collection is transferred to the new contractor, collection will be harmonised over the four boroughs (Merton, Croydon, Sutton and Kingston). See article 8 for the preferred bidders. It looks like the weekly food waste collection will continue, but residents will now have to segregate recyclate as paper & card will be collected one week and glass, tins & plastics the next. The remaining non-recyclable waste would be collected fortnightly. The recommendations would also see the introduction of wheelie bins. See the council statement HERE On 8th June, the council voted to approve these proposals - see HERE

The wheelie bin pilot last year in Lavender Fields met with an 89% satisfaction rate (higher than normal) and 81% of residents saying the streets were cleaner.



17. Front Gardens, Lawns, Box Hedges & Oak Trees
The RHS has a terrific presentation on how to green up ‘Grey’ Britain’s front gardens HERE. Thanks to Leigh for this link.

One Green Coffee member was surprised when a gardener recommended getting astro-turf instead of remediating a lawn which had been badly laid.

Box Blight is spreading through the hedges of Wimbledon. Box has become fashionable again, especially as it is good for topiary. This just goes to show it may be better to be unfashionable and avoid mono-cultures.

Oak Processionary Moth is also causing big problems down Alexandra Road. The hairy caterpillars can cause bad skin irritation - and they can strip a tree of leaves. They move in a characteristic nose to tail fashion - hence their name. An infested street tree in Wimbledon Park had to be cut down, as it represented a hazard.
Find a recent Wimbledon Guardian article about oak processionary moth HERE.

18. Christ Church Community Garden
Volunteers are needed on Friday mornings at this friendly community garden in Colliers Wood. If you'd like to find out more, please contact See REGULAR EVENTS below for information on when and where.

19. A Thriving Remembrance Woodland
Keith reports that all 420 trees planted in Wandle Park last spring have survived and are looking well. A Mulching Morning is planned - see details under EVENTS.

20. Bees need Protection
The government recently decided not to lift the ban on neonicotinoids. However, it was pointed out that some beekeepers are not in favour of banning neonicotinoids, as growers then revert to using older pesticides, which are even more damaging to bees.

Alison W wrote to MP Stephen Hammond with a Bee Spotter Guide and request for regulations to protect bees from neonicotinoids. She was delighted to receive a nice card from one of Stephen’s Assistants happy to be able to show off his new bee knowledge to his girlfriend’s mother, a beekeeper. So it can pay off to write to your MP!

21. Learn about Beekeeping
The next Wimbledon Common Nature Club will teach children about beekeeping. Local bee expert Alison P will be encouraging children to put on a bee suit and showing how to use a smoker to control bees.  The children will then be able to make a beeswax candle to take home with them.  Find more info about the Wimbledon Common Nature Club under REGULAR EVENTS below.

22. Slugs, slugs, slugs!
Joanna reports that she has found it impossible to stop the onslaught of slugs feeding on her new plants. This is despite protecting plants with sheep's wool and/or organic slug pellets. Perhaps it's one effect of climate change. The warmer winters mean that slugs continue to breed over the winter and so there are already lots in the spring. The absence of hedgehogs does not help - and these are being killed off by foxes. Another Green Coffee member reported some success with copper tape which seemed to protect supermarket salad that had been planted in a pot.

However, Joanna cautions that not all slugs are equal. Indeed according to the Wildlife Trust, the largest slugs are harmless to your plants - see HERE. The more unusual Leopard slug for example can be quite helpful. So look before you squash!

23. Try Semi-hydroponics
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants with water and added nutrients but without soil. Semi-hydroponics is easier to manage for the amateur gardener and involves putting a plant in a container with some soil, but allowing the roots to access a continuous supply of water. One way of doing this is to put your plants in a grow bag placed over a tank of water. Roots will quickly grow through a hole in the bottom of the grow bag and into the water. It results in very healthy plants and, if the tank is large enough, it only needs filling every few weeks. This method works well for tomatoes and aubergines. If you'd like to see some plants growing in such a system, please contact Joyce by replying to this email.


Petitions & Consultations 

24. PETITION: swifts
Louise alerted us to this one. The idea is that new buildings get a 'Wildlife Conservation' score, in the same way as they are scored on energy efficiency under the BREEAM system. Buildings would not be allowed to go ahead if they did not achieve a minimum score. Sign the petition HERE.

25. PETITION: stag beetles
The London Wildlife Trust wants to record sightings of the globally-endangered stag beetle. Thanks to the Wimbledon Guardian for this link. Sign the petition HERE

26. PETITION: bees
Friends of the Earth are holding a Great British Bee Count. They also want to know if you see some of the more exotic species such as the Hairy-Footed Flower Bee. Download the smart phone app HERE

27. POLL: leaving space for cyclists
The Wimbledon Guardian is conducting this poll. Government is looking at fining drivers whose vehicles go too close to cyclists. At the moment the Highway Code asks drivers to leave “plenty of room” between their vehicles and cyclists. In South Australia, drivers now have to leave 1 metre when overtaking cyclists (1.5 metres when at speed). The poll was in the Wimbledon Guardian article HERE - but I can't find the link now. Let me know if you do.

Other Things Local

28. Abundance again in 2016
Abundance Wimbledon will be picking and sharing fruit again this year. The aim is to make sure that fruit growing in local gardens is not wasted. Now that Joyce has stepped back from organising the project. Juliet has taken over, but needs help to keep everything going. We are very grateful to those who have volunteered their skills. However, we still need help with the following. Please reply to this email if you think you can assist with anything.
  • media - writing information releases and sending them to local groups and the press, telling people about Abundance and Fruit Day
  • fruit picking - rather than organising all of this centrally, this is now being done more locally. We are looking for people to join a local group to pick fruit trees in their neighbours' gardens in:
    -  Wimbledon Park
    -  Haydon's Rd
    -  Merton Park
    -  Dundonald
    -  South Park Gardens
    -  West Wimbledon
Abundance Fruit Day is the annual fund-raising event - and will be on Sat 17th Sept.

29. Sending Parcels - now less sustainable
Heather runs a small business selling re-usable menstrual products and has customers around the world. Sending small parcels by ship is cheaper than air freight and less environmentally damaging. However, the US and India have stopped shipping packages (at least for small businesses and individuals) and Australia no longer ships packages under 2 kilos. Although the UK still has this service, she asks that people look out for this trend, which seems to go against the need to reduce environmental impacts and does not seem to have been reported anywhere. Please get in touch with Heather, if you would like to know more about her range of products see the Luxury Moon website HERE or email

30. New Home for Swifts in Dundonald School
Louise has long campaigned to encourage developers to include swift bricks where possible. Find out more about the issues HERE. The focus on energy saving measures has led to the loss of swift nesting sites, as there are no longer spaces under the eaves of buildings. After telling Green Coffee about this campaign, Joanna encouraged Dundonald School to include 4 swift bricks in the planned extension (these cost £300 each).

When the building opens for use, it is hoped that nearby colonies of swifts (Gladstone Rd and Hartfield Crescent) will take up residency in these ready-made homes. Louise was invited to meet the children at Dundonald School. Her enthusiasm was infectious and the children are now looking forward to seeing and hearing swifts whirling around the skies above their school. There is also the option to add external nest boxes for swifts at a future date. We congratulate Louise and Joanna on their achievement.

31. And ... carpet moths
There seems to be a plague of carpet moths around Wimbledon - again possibly due to the warmer climate. These eat away at your carpet in the dark undisturbed corners of a room - and may necessitate throwing out your carpet and getting your house fumigated. Moth strips don't seem to be effective. However, if you can catch them at an early stage, pour boiling water on the carpet to kill off larva and eggs (avoiding any electrical wires) and repeat every few days until they are eliminated.


Sat 25th June 
Clean Up & Recycle - Morden
Meet at 11am on the track between 31 and 33 Windermere Avenue, Morden
(less than 5 minutes walk from Morden tube station)

Come and help clean-up the footpath between London Rd and Kenley Rd, currently strewn with rubbish. Loads of bottles and cans which will be recycled. Organised by Merton Green Party and Merton Park Ward Residents Association. Contact Tom Killick if you'd like to help -, 07821 882380."

Sat 25th & Sun 26th
BioBlitz: Wimbledon Common
meet at the Ranger's Office (by the Windmill) 15 minutes before start time
Saturday 9pm         bat walk
              9.45pm:   moth trapping
Sunday 8.15am:      bird walk
            9.30am:      opening the moth trap
            10.30am & 2pm: walk the commons

The Commons are a natural open space so please wear appropriate footwear. All events are free of charge and parking in available in the Windmill Car Park. Booking is required for the Bat Walk. See  HERE for more info.

Sat 25th June, 4.15 - 6.30 pm

Music in the Park
The Bandstand, John Innes Park (off Mostyn Rd)
Come and enjoy music from the The Wandle Concert Band at this lovely local park. Bring a picnic and something to sit on. Get a discount for tickets bought by 23rd June. Or buy tickets at the gate. Find out more HERE

Mon 27th June  7pm arrival for 7.30pm  start
FILM: Racing Extinction
Kingston Environment Centre, 1 Kingston Road  KT3 3PE
This documentary follows undercover activists trying to avert the man-made mass extinction that is currently underway. More info at tel 020 8942 5251

Sat 9th July   from 7.30pm

William Morris Evening
The Sultan pub (off Haydons Road) 78 Norman Rd, London SW19 1BT
Come and join in this evening of appreciation of William Morris and all that he did. There will be musicians, singers, poets and speakers.

Sun 17th July

Mulching Morning at Wandle Park
Join Keith, Joanna and others to mulch the 420 trees of the Remembrance Woodland. Further details to follow.

Sat 20th Aug  8am to 12.30pm
St Mary's Church Field, Arthur Rd, Wimbledon
Find treasures and bargains at this annual fund-raiser for Merton's United Nations Association. Admission only 50p (or £1 before 9am). For more information, please call Alison (not the church) at tel. 8944 0574 or email See the poster HERE

Sat 17th Sept  11am-2pm

Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden & hall
Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit sweets & cakes, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, ‘Longest Peel’ and other games for children and adults. Featuring the International Ukulele Orchestra. We need lots of help - such as help on a stall at Fruit Day or by donating jam, cake or plants. Please contact For more details see 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.

on hold at present!
Green Drinks
The location of Green Drinks is under review. Watch out for new information on where and when.

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.

meetings suspended

Merton Friends of the Earth - Monthly Meet Up
William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SD
Meetings have been suspended forthwith. 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. No meeting in August. Please contact Charles, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email  or see website HERE 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 SW19 2NY
Join local volunteers at the weekly workday to help with general maintenance and upkeep of the garden. For more information, please contact Lesley via Or contact Tom at

second Fridays   from 9.00 - 11am

John Innes Gardening Group
JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday of the month. Meet up by the mulberry tree. Bring secateurs and a trowel. For more information, please contact 

every Friday & Sunday  11am - 4pm

May Project Gardens
159 Middleton Rd, Morden  SM4 6RW
Join Ian and the team. Very friendly gardening group, music, training and lots of other activities too. To volunteer or find out more, 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  from 10am - 12 noon
Wimbledon Common Nature Club
Information Centre in Wimbledon Common
Fantastic nature club for children 6-14 years. Different topics covered each month e.g. pond dipping, shelter building, fungi foray and nature walks.
For more information, please contact Auriel Glanville, Club Leader, on 020 8540 6154 or

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

Pyl Brook Reserve - workday
meet at the entrance on the path from Rutland Drive
Contact Dave Morgan tel. 0208 648 4112 for details.