Main Topics at July Green Coffee
Abundance 2012 – project is getting underway for this summer. If you can put up a poster or distribute leaflets somewhere, then please get in touch and Joyce will deliver posters/leaflets to you. The email version of the poster is attached - HERE. There are reports that there is a lot less fruit this year. So please tell us about any trees that are not picked. Contact email@example.com.
Planting around Street Trees – Linda and Joyce found that planting around trees was not successful, probably due to spraying with weed-killers. Merton’s Highway Team has a procedure for ensuring that plantings are not sprayed. This is that individuals should contact the Highways Team and let them know where the planting will be, what flowers or bulbs would be planted and then discuss how the specific tree will be located. However, it was thought that this process may not be easy to use and (if a lot of people engaged with this) would mean a lot of extra work for the highways team. An alternative suggestion (from last Green Coffee) was to ask people to put a coloured ribbon around a stick and plant it in the area. However, this could cause safety issues if done thoughtlessly. Rachel and Joyce will discuss this further.
The council’s Street Champion scheme encourages and supports people who want to improve their street by looking after street trees, planting flowers or in any other way. So if you want to become a Street Champion, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make your own shopping bag – following a successful bag-making event in May, Juliet is organising another session, this time at St Mark’s Church. (13th Aug, 2-4pm). Bags will be made using the Morsbag template and people can bring their own fabric or choose some from the range of beautiful fabrics there. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Christ Church Community Garden – there are now 4 regular volunteers at this community garden – Mary, Julie, Penny and now Jean. The church has asked the group to look after a new (sunny) area, expanding the growing area. Anyone who wants to go along to Christ Church Community Garden or the Fireplace garden, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or look HERE.
Polka Theatre Market – the community market is held on the first Sunday of the month. It has attracted some really good stalls and the venue is lovely. However it needs to attract more customers, or else alternatives will be considered e.g. making it a twice annual event, with a barbecue in the summer and a Christmas market.
Recycling News – the doorstep collection has been expanded and will now take plastic food trays and yoghurt pots (but not the hard plastic used for toys and garden equipment, expanded polystyrene or plastic bags and cling film). As well as the new plastics, you can put aluminium foil and aerosols in the recycling boxes. All plastics and foil should be free of food particles and aerosol cans should be empty. Food on packaging contaminates everything causing the batch to be down-graded or rejected. Workers have been trained and they will leave behind recycling boxes containing contaminated material. Green Coffee congratulated Rachel and the council for extending doorstep recycling to include so many materials. See what you can (and can’t) recycle from home HERE.
Waste is separated by the mechanical sorter near Dartford in Kent. The longer term plan is to have initial processing in the borough and to send some recyclate to the planned Energy from Waste plant in Beddington. Garth Rd continues to collect metals separately from plastics and paper – these recycling streams are kept separate and are worth more as such. Savacentre uses it’s own recycling methods, so the classifications are different.
Food Waste is now collected throughout the borough, except at a few blocks of flats where there is limited space.
Post-meeting note: Savacentre has relocated its plastic bag recycling units from the ground floor at the foot of the escalators to the first floor at the far end of Sainsbury's tills (in a little used area of the shop). The stack of cardboard boxes which customers can put shopping has also been shifted there - so of course nobody is making the long trip up to that end of the store to collect a cardboard box. Is Sainsbury's giving up on recycling plastic bags and cardboard boxes?
May Project Gardens – this is located in the back garden of a house in Middleton Rd, in Morden. The Managing Director is KMT (otherwise known as Ian). He has a background in music and education and specializes in engaging with hard to reach learners. The project celebrates life with a combination of growing food, music and bringing the community together. From 2009, the May Project has had 18-19 volunteers per week. The project is altruistic and involves permaculture training, fundraising events, supporting self-sufficiency, providing organic produce to local restaurants and researching holistic cancer treatment. Coming up are regular workdays and a “Come We Grow” fundraising event on the 28/29th July - see www.cafecairo.co.uk. Go early as there is a 100 people capacity! If you would like to get involved in any way, contact email@example.com or Ian aka KMT (Development Manager) 07921 917 453 or Randi (Head Gardener) 07852 439 970. Also TWITTER; FACEBOOK; BLOG and latest information HERE.
Green Day Out Special – have a look HERE at the great photos taken by the May Project at the Green Day Out, with special guest Charles earning a crust on his rickshaw!
Twitter – Charles attended the National Conference on Tweeting. Understanding how to use twitter opens up new ways of reaching lots of people. E.g. the Metropolitan Police Service tweeted Charles to tell them what he saw on the way to Green Coffee.
Wild Flower Meadows– the recent plantings in Durnsford Rec and Merantun Way have produced beautiful wild flower meadows.
Sutton Community Farm – the farm was set up in 2010 when a 7½ acre small-holding became available at Woodcote Small Holdings – based in Wallington, Sutton, owned by Surrey Council. Since then over 400 volunteers have helped to grow and deliver ultra-fresh organic vegetables to people around Sutton and south Merton (St Helier area). It’s difficult to get many local volunteers, due to the socio-economic profile of the locality and so some volunteers come from central London. This is being developed as a social enterprise and the veggie box scheme is being extended. They are looking at a drop-off point in Morden Hall Park and in Wimbledon too, if this is possible. Ruth Wong is a permaculture teacher at the farm, alongside Liz Darley (also of Transition Kingston). They are running an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ intensive weekend course to explore healthy, sustainable and economically viable ways of living in a changing and challenging world. The next course is on the weekend of Sept. 22/23. For more information, see HERE and to book a place contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Streets - supporters’ conference & setting up a local group – Adam attended this at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre, near Waterloo. See conference papers HERE. Current campaigns include Walk to School and Walk to Work. Bristol is trialling closing off residential streets for a couple of hours to allow children to play, although parked cars are a problem. Another is issue is that wheels should be on the carriageway, not on the pavement. Charles walked with a wheelchair and an electric scooter to identify the problems facing these users. Charles, Adam, Susie M and others will be getting together to plan a Living Streets Group in Merton - there will be a launch event. It was suggested that contact should be made with Neighbourhood Watch and residents’ associations, as well as Charmaine, who looks after road safety/sustainable transport for Merton Council at Charmaine.Jacques@Merton.Gov.Uk.
Morden Hall Park Farmers’ Market – this has started well selling produce supplied locally and from Kent. There have been 9 or so stalls in the centre of the refurbished Stable Yard, an excellent space for all sorts of events.
Heathrow Expansion & 20’s Plenty – Shas has been very active in opposing various expansion plans at Heathrow - night flights, runway alternation and a third runway. She is also very involved in the 20’s Plenty campaign in Merton (and has been asked to lead this campaign, although doesn’t really have much time to do it.) The aim of this campaign is to limit the speed on roads to 20mph, whilst removing the speed humps in residential areas across Merton. There is increasing support for doing this, as it reduces serious road casualties quite dramatically, and (contrary to perceptions) also reduces pollution by 12%. Islington has introduced a 20mph speed limit on residential roads. This has been very successful and is being extended to all roads, apart from those controlled by TfL i.e. the main arteries. However there have been some backwards moves in recent months - Blackfriars Bridge has gone from 20mph to 30mph, making it more dangerous. Also, whereas speed limits are enforced in places like Germany and the Netherlands, they are often ignored in the UK – so compliance is a problem. If you are interested in joining the 20’s Plenty Campaign or want to find out more, please contact email@example.com.
POST MEETING NOTE FROM SHAS: the first meeting of 20's Plenty Merton will be on Wed 25 July from 5.30pm at the Earl Beatty in Motspur Park. Rod King who is leading the national campaign will be joining us.
Wed 25th July from 5.30pm
20's Plenty, Merton Campaign
Earl Beatty, Motspur Park KT3 6JF
Come along to the first meeting of Merton's 20's Plenty Campaign, to make our roads safer and better for all road users. Join Shas Sheehan and Rod King, the national campaign leader. Find venue HERE
Thurs 26th July 6.30-8.30pm
Turbine Taster evening
Morden Hall Park
This is the last of the National Trust’s series of taster sessions. Find out about the Archimedes Screw hydroelectric turbine being installed on the Wandle, how the fish/eel pass will work and the history of mills on the Wandle. Free event, but numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8545 6856.
Mon 13th Aug 2-4pm
Make your own shopping bag
Chapter Room, St Mark's Church SW19 7ND (behind Wimbledon Library)
Come along and join this friendly group. Learn some basic sewing techniques or help others to do so. Bring your own fabric or select from the range provided. Find the venue HERE.
Sun 19th Aug 9.30am
Wildlife Trust - workday
Meet in Beverley Meads Car Park, Barham Road SW20M
You are invited to the workday – wear strong shoes or boots. Fishpond Wood & Beverley Meads. Leader: Paul Pickering 0208 330 4479
Sat 15th Sept 11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden, behind Wimbledon Library
Lots of jams, chutneys, fruit cake, lovely fresh juice from the fruit press, make a fruit pie and information about looking after your fruit tree. Featuring the International Ukelele Orchestra. For more details see the new website - abundancewimbledon.com. Find the venue HERE.
Fri – Sun 14-16 September
Friends of the Earth’s Conference
At Imperial College
Speakers include Caroline Lucas and Polly Higgins, (author of Eradicating Ecocide). Learn more about current campaigns – the Bee Cause and Clean British Energy – and sign the petitions HERE. For more information, see HERE
first Saturdays 11am
Rag Rug Making
Come along and learn how to use recycled materials to make beautiful bags and rugs. The next one is on Sat Aug 4th. Call Thelma on 020 8540 2536 or email Joyce for more information.
first Sundays 11am-4pm
The Polka Theatre
If you have homemade or home grown produce and want to take a stall, then contact the theatre and ask for Kim. Stalls will be £20. The next pop-up market will be Sunday 5th Aug. Find the venue HERE .
Fourth Saturdays, 11am-1pm
Dundonald Congregational Church
Bring along home-made cakes, pies and jams as well as local produce and bric-a-brac to sell at the friendly community market on Dundonald Road . Stalls are only £5. Next one is on Sat 28th July. Contact email@example.com to book a stall. Find the venue HERE.
Community Gardens - Christ Church & Fireplace
There are regular work days throughout the summer - to find out when the workdays are, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or see HERE.
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 the venue HERE
Every Saturday, 10am-3pm
Morden Hall Farmers’ Market
Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD
New farmer's market started on Sat 23rd June. Fresh fruit and veg, free range meat from Kent, tasty preserves & relishes, Somerset cheeses, cakes & bakes, artisan bread. Organised by City & Country Farmers’ Markets and the National Trust. Also Arts and Crafts stalls. For more information, see HERE.