Next green coffee is June 12th - and what happened at the last one

Green Coffee
Our next Green Coffee will be Tues June 12th i.e. not on the first Tues, as it is the Diamond Jubilee Holiday . Please come along if you can from 9.30 - 11.00am at 40 The Hill (formerly called Piaf). The one after is Tues 3rd July. 
At May Green Coffee we heard about Living Streets, the latest on recycling, plans for work spaces with crèche facilities, the first Summer Beer Festival at BedZed, and lots more. Below I’ve summarised new things that came up. 

Main Topics 
more details below

  • Recycling packaging material, bras, white spirit
  • Put your Link on to the council website 
  • Fairtrade & Crown Lane Studios
  • Work Free
  • Polka Pop-Up Fair
  • "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
  • Chamber of Commerce - lovewimbledon, Go Green & new link with voluntary groups
  • Spiritual sustainability
  • Rag-Rug Making
  • New recycling facilities from Merton Council
  • Sustainable Merton - Eco-Forum & Campaign to Save Morden Tavern
  • Living Streets
  • Beddington & Hackbridge
  • Merton Youth Justice
  • Let’s Tidy Up Colliers Wood
  • Making Colliers Wood Happy
  • The Hustings
  • Front Gardens
  • The Big Ride

Upcoming Events

19.5    morning
Car Boot Sale
St Mary’s Church field

Fete of the Earth
Wim Community Centre
all day
Construct a Green Roof
Morden Hall Park

Wim Village Fair
Wimbledon Common

Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church 

 Hot Topics at May Green Coffee

  • Recycling     Packaging materials – charity shops selling breakables e.g. china and glasses, need packaging material, so will welcome bubble wrap etc. Bras - Oxfam is now recycling bras and they are being sent to Senegal. However, recycling of underwear can be a sensitive subject in developing countries and local taylors should not be undermined, so it was suggested that more information is sought before donating bras. White spirit – could be given to artist studios or groups redecorating properties. The Merton Youth Justice team uses water-based paints, so can’t use white spirit.
  • Put your Link on to the council website  – groups helping people to live more sustainably are encouraged to put a link to their group on Merton Council’s Climate Change website - see here. To add your link, contact Damian Hemmings at
  • Fairtrade – Merton is applying to renew its Fairtrade accreditation. Post-meeting note: Crown Lane Studios – there is a great blog on the website of this recording studio highlighting what individuals are doing – recycling, Fairtrade, low impact cleaning and making pencils from recycled CDs – see here.
  • Work Free –  the high costs of childcare, more flexible working, the desire to reduce travel, and health and equality considerations all mean that there is a need for local co-working space with crèche facilities. A profit-making social enterprise model to deliver this is being developed for Brent Council.  The main challenge is finding suitable space on a high street/local shopping area. If you would like more information, contact Gaynor at
  • Polka Pop-Up Fair – the third fair will be this weekend May 6th, but there will be no fair in June due to the Jubilee weekend. Things have gone well and there has been a good range of craft stalls. The organisers now want to broaden the product range to include more fresh produce and locally made beer/cider, and to attract a wider range of people as the products do appeal to all ages. The Polka Theatre has a mailing list of 11,000 people and has joined Love Wimbledon. There is a community board where local groups can advertise events. For more information, get in touch with
  • "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy – this was featured in World Book Night, when copies were given away. This post-apocalyptic tale makes a big impact. Recommended by Ting.
  • MERTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE       lovewimbledon BID –  The Wimbledon Business Forum is on Thur 10th May 9.30-11am. In Feb, Wimbledon businesses voted overwhelmingly in favour of the LoveWimbledon Business Improvement District and it all began on Apr 1st. One of the targets is to be the most environmental Business Improvement District in the country. The BID area is from half way up Wimbledon Hill to the end of the Broadway. For more information, see or contact Mark at his new email address .     Go Green - the follow on project is likely to happen. Under the leadership of Wandsworth Council, Merton and several other councils will be helping business to do an environmental audit and to receive advice on how to go green. More information will follow when it is launched.     A Business Engagement Officer - is being recruited to provide a link between businesses and the voluntary sector, in the borough. This exciting and ground-breaking role will demonstrate the positive benefits to businesses and their employees of engaging with the voluntary sector. As Green Coffee represents so many voluntary organisations, LoveWimbledon hopes to introduce the successful candidate later this month.
  • Spiritual sustainability- an ecumenical church service giving a Christian reflection on climate change was  held at the Mansel Rd Centre on Sunday by Christine and Juliet. This was an excellent event and was well attended.
  • Rag-Rug Making – is on the first Saturday of each month. If you would like to join this very sociable group, please contact Thelma or email
  • New recycling facilities – Merton Council will be providing doorstep collection of hard kitchen plastics e.g. yoghurt pots (not plastic shopping bags or cling film), clean foil and empty aerosols. This will be brought in at the end of May. All types of juice cartons are already collected, including the foil-lined cartons with plastic nozzles. At the material recovery facility shared with Croydon, Sutton and Kingston, a laser will detect the type of plastic. There is now a consultation on the proposed Energy from Waste plant at Beddington in Sutton – see here. Although it’s easy just to oppose everything, it was suggested that people judge this proposal on its merits and get behind it. Also, DHL is now providing a free service to collect electrical items from businesses. To arrange, call 0800 085 1050 or get more information here.     POST-MEETING NOTE:  Bulky Waste: Residents can have a free collection of 5 items every three months if up to date with their council tax. The items are sorted and recycled where possible. Household electronics can be collected through bulky waste. Energy-saving light bulbs are collected at Robert Dyas and Homebase. For a full list of collection points, see here.
  • SUSTAINABLE MERTON    The Spring Newsletter couldn’t be downloaded last time, so here it is again here.     Merton Eco-Forum – SM is hosting this at 3-4pm on June 7th at the Civic Centre, Morden. Tom Walsh of Sustainable Merton will give an overview of how far Merton has progressed towards becoming sustainable and will lead discussions on what to do next. Businesses, schools and everyone interested are all invited along. Contact for more information.     Trees – everyone is encouraged to water street trees, especially the young trees. See the Tree Council’s advice here. Also, many people have asked at the Centre Court Information Desk about the trees outside of Tescos which had been cemented in.  These now have a water permeable pebble surround.       Campaign to save Morden Tavern – the proposal to demolish the Tavern and build flats was rejected by the council. This has now gone to appeal, but the campaign is hopeful it will be rejected. There is not enough community space in the area and the hope is to turn this into a community pub, along the lines of the very successful community pub in Carshalton. (An SM trustee is involved in the Carshalton pub.) People would be able to buy shares in Morden Tavern, with a minimum investment of £250. Go to where you can click on ‘like’ to oppose the developer's appeal, and find out more about the campaign. 
  • Living Streets– aims to promote active travel and health, by making streets more attractive and safe for all types of use, rather than just being conduits for traffic. The poor state of many pavements means that pedestrians do not feel valued e.g. roads are gritted, but pavements usually are not. Because of the number of injuries caused by icy pavements, the NHS has started to support gritting of pavements. Find out what you can do by going to the Supporters’ Conference on 30th June in Southwark – see here.  Walk to School – children get sticker badges. The Great British Walking Challenge – encourages people to walk (at least part of the way) to work. 20mph in residential streets – leads to 25% fewer road deaths. LS has been asking the Mayoral candidates to support 20mph – Greens and Liberals signed up immediately, Labour has partially supported this and Conservatives want to leave this to individual boroughs. For more information, see or contact Susie at
  • Beddington & Hackbridge –  a lot of development is planned in this area, with 1100 or so new houses to be added to the existing 2,400 over the next 5-7 years. Bio-Regional has built the ground-breaking BedZed development, which receives hot water from the biomass fuelled combined heat and power generator. Neighbourhood Development groups have been formed in Hackbridge covering the area from Carshalton up to Mitcham Junction and 20mph is being introduced.  The first Hackbridge Summer beer festival is being held 11-12 May at BedZed – for more information, see here
  • Merton Youth Justice– is willing to help fruit-picking with Abundance. Working with Tom Walsh of Sustainable Merton, they had a very successful project clearing the blackberries at Figges Marsh. Two volunteers said this was the best thing they had done and one now wants to volunteer with SM.
  • Let’s Tidy Up Colliers Wood– this is not about picking up litter, but changing behavior. Discouraging shoppers from taking plastic bags, re-using the ones they have and dissuading shop assistants from handing them out. Bags are still being handed out at Tesco Express, but the campaign is having a positive effect. A lot of discarded bags are from Cost-Cutters, which will be targeted next. Rubbish has been removed from the area outside of the tower, wild flowers planted, bird boxes and feeders put up and plastic bags removed from the trees. Removing the rubbish from an alleyway and planting it up has transformed it – and there is now very little litter and no fly-tipping.
  • Making Colliers Wood Happy– a photographic competition of the best and worst of Colliers Wood was sponsored by two local estate agents. There were around 200 photographic entries and they were displayed at a pop-up gallery. Some of the ‘best’ photos will be used in a calendar. Living Street organized a very successful table-top sale in Cavendish Street and this was a great way of getting neighbours together.
  • The Hustings-  about 80 people attended last Tues and there was a lively session with people questioning candidates. Linda was congratulated for master-minding an excellent event.
  • Front Gardens- It was suggested that Wimbledon could have a photographic competition for front gardens – this may discourage concreting over. The RHS has ideas for designing front gardens that are multi-use, with vegetation and animal friendly. RHS leaflet can be downloaded here. Find a link to The Ealing front garden project here.
  • The Big Ride– 10,000 cyclists, walkers, people with prams and dogs, skate-boarders etc gathered in central London to demonstrate their wish for safer roads. There was a group of 30 cyclists riding in from Wimbledon with Charles.


Saturday 19th May, in the morning
Car Boot Sale
St Mary’s Church field, Wimbledon  SW19 7BP
Great event to sell off things you don’t need and to get a bargain. Clothes, plants, bric-a-brac. Refreshments available. £10 for a car. £2 entry before 9am and 50p afterwards. No bookings taken, but contact for more info. In support of Christian Aid. Find the venue here.
Saturday 19th May, 11am-3pm
Fete of the Earth
Community Centre, St Georges Rd   SW19 4DP
A great place to buy plants. Also books, cakes, crafts, bric-a.brac and refreshments. Admission 50p. In support of Wimbledon Disarmament Coalition. Find the venue
Saturday 26th May, all day
DIY COURSE: Construct a Green Roof
Stable Yard, Morden Hall Park
Learn how to construct a green roof.  This is a National Trust one day course, led by the world's leading green roof experts, Dusty Gedge and John Little. The organisers are building a green roof on the new cycle shed outside the newly renovated stable yard. See 
here for more details and to book a place.
Sat 23rd June  10.30am-5.30pm
Wimbledon Village Fair
Wimbledon Common, near Rushmere Pond
A fun day out with over 200 stalls, food village, fun dog show, horse show and children's entertainment. Proceeds go to Wimbledon Guild, which supports local people - the elderly, families and anyone going through a bad patch. Visit the Abundance Wimbledon stall and the Sustainable Merton/Transition Town Wimbledon stall. Find the venue 
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 - Find the venue 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 June 2nd. Call Thelma on 020 8540 2536 or email Joyce for more information. 
first Sundays 11am-4pm
Pop-Up Market
The Polka Theatre
There will be no pop-up market in June due to the Jubilee weekend. If you have homemade or home grown produce and want to take a stall in July or later, then contact the theatre and ask for Kim. Stalls will be £20. Find the venue 
here .
second Wednesday 8pm-late
Merton Green Drinks
This has been suspended until further notice. If anyone would like to take it over, then contact the Sustainable Merton office on  020 3417 0476.
Fourth Saturdays, 11am-1pm
Community Market
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 May 26th. Contact to book a stall. Find the venue 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 

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