You are invited to the next Green Coffee on Tues 1st July 9.30-11am at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd SW19 1LT. We hope you can make it to this, or else can come to the one on 5th August. Also please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested - everyone is welcome to come along.
There's lots happening with a series of events from Merton Cycling Campaign, a parade of the huge Wimbledon pink knitted scarf and two Merton entries to the Chelsea Fringe. We heard about the new forum to get public bodies working together to make Merton more sustainable, an update on the planned Passivhaus - and great tips for getting rid of all those slugs and snails invading our gardens!
Below is a summary of topics discussed at June Green Coffee.
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- Big London Energy Switch - check to see if you can get a cheaper deal - see HERE. You must register by midnight on Mon 9th June.
- Would you like to become an Environmental Champion? Sustainable Merton is recruiting - see article13 below. And SM has a new website HERE.
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3. Chelsea Fringe - Piazza Garden & Wandle Valley Girls
9. Recycling Update - food packaging, furniture, electricals
1. News from Merton Cycling Campaign
June Green Coffee - what happened?
All local election candidates in London were asked to support the campaign for more Space for Cycling. This campaign was supported by 42% of candidates London-wide and in Merton, all local Conservative and Green candidates.
There are a few Merton Cycling Campaign events over the next few weeks and everyone is welcome to come along. These are:
Find more details under EVENTS below.
- MCC meeting at 8pm on 5th June at All Saints Centre (afterwards at The Sultan)
- Solstice Ride on 18th June through Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park to Richmond
- Barbecue on 19th June in Merton Park – contact Charles for more details on 8949 0708.
2. Wimbledon Pink Knitting - update
Media attention on Wool against Weapons is growing. There was a South London Press article covering this (including a pink heading!) and the Wimbledon scarf will be paraded along Wimbledon Broadway on 28th June at 11pm. If you’d like to join in, then contact email@example.com or tel. Joanna at 8543 0263. Or else just meet up before the parade at 10.30am in Compton Rd, beside Wimbledon Library.
There will also be an evening of music and poetry at William Morris Hall in The Broadway, starting at 7.30pm. Find more information under EVENTS below. The 28th June marks 100 years since the Arch Duke Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking off the First World War.
Then on 9th August, all the different bits of the pink scarf from across the country will be brought together and stretched between the two nuclear bomb factories in Aldermaston and Burghfield. The Wimbledon section will be at Burghfield. Find out more about Wool against Weapons HERE
3. The Chelsea Fringe - Piazza Garden & Wandle Valley Girls
Final preparations are being made for The Piazza Garden, which is on Sunday 8th June and will be part of The Chelsea Fringe Festival. If anyone can donate a plant for the day, it would be really appreciated. Please get in touch with Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org Joanna will be running a pea planting activity for children.
There will also be a small entry to the Chelsea Fringe from Deen City Farm. It’s called Wandle Valley Girls and can be viewed any day 10am-4pm until June 8th. See HERE
4. Funding available for reducing waste
WRAP is offering grants of £5, 000 - £50,000 for community projects to reduce waste, such as:
Projects must involve two or more groups working together. Find out more HERE
- Repair workshops for textiles or electricals
- Reducing food waste
- Local sharing groups e.g. electricals, furniture
- Re-use and repair business items
- Design of products to reduce waste
5. easyCar Club
This scheme is different from the existing car sharing schemes – with easyCar, you hire out your own car. It looks like they sort out insurance and you receive an hourly rate for your car of around £8. Find out more HERE
6. Wimbledon Common Nature Club seeks Co-leader
This club is a wonderful way for children to learn about nature and to keep occupied on a Sunday morning. They cover a different topic each month e.g. pond dipping, shelter building and picking edible plants. Although the club just meets once a month, the organising team needs another member to share responsibility. Find out more HERE
7. May Project seeks a community gardener
The May Project is looking for a new community gardener. This is a great opportunity to join this unique group on the St Helier Estate, which combines community gardening, permaculture education, music and having a really good time. And you’ll get paid! To find out more, see HERE
8. The Green Deal
The government has introduced new grants to incentivise the Green Deal. Find the details of the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund HERE
To qualify for Green Deal funding (either a Green Deal loan or a grant from the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund), improvements have to be recommended on a valid EPC or Green Deal report. In the case of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, this means being not more than 2 years old. Also, the improvements must be carried out by a Green Deal authorised installer.
To find a Green Deal Advisor contact the Energy Saving Advice Line 0300 123 1234 or see HERE
. Click on 'Green Deal Participant Register', then 'Assessors' in the drop down menu. This provides a list of both commercial companies and membership organisations such as the Green Deal Advisors Association.To find authorised installers in your area, look at the GDorb website HERE
Laura was actually doing a Green Deal assessment on the morning of last (May) Green Coffee. This was a semi-detached house in Wimbledon – and she recommended external wall insulation, amongst other measures.
9. Recycling Update - food packaging, furniture electricals
Food Packaging - Susan brought along examples of food trays to ask the group what they would put into the recycling box. Following discussions, it was thought that all items could go in. The only types of food packaging not accepted in the recycling boxes were plastic film, plastic bags, paper-like plastic and hard plastics. Bottle tops should be left on the bottles (as they are lost to general waste if they are detached). Alternatively, they could be collected separately and put in the hard plastic collection at Garth Rd.
Furniture and electrical items – Christine reported that the British Heart Foundation will collect furniture and electricals from your home. You can book a collection HERE. They will also collect any clothing, accessories, shoes, books, DVDs, CDs and homewares at the same time.
Re-use and Repair Companies -
Polly kindly provided information about two re-use organisations:
- www.therestartproject.org is a social enterprise which encourages and trains people to repair and re-use electronic equipment
- www.londonreuse.org is a London wide network which re-uses a wide range of items including furniture, electrical and IT equipment, textiles, DIY and gardening materials. Collections can be booked online from some boroughs (Wandsworth, but not Merton yet) or arranged by phone or there are drop off points for donations.
There are several online petitioning sites, which means that your local campaign can become a national or international one. Two popular ones for environmental campaigning are 38 Degrees see HERE and Avaaz see HERE. These websites send out petitions to a network of campaigners. The UK government also has an e-petition site – see HERE . Although you’ll probably have to do your own publicity for this one, if you get at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
11. Sustainable Community Act – stopping the spread of betting shops!
Another way of getting change is to use the Sustainable Community Act. This allows people to put forward their ideas about how central government or other national bodies can make communities more sustainable. And they have to take your suggestion seriously! For example, lots of people wanted to stop the spread of betting shops, so 63 local authorities and thousands of ordinary people supported an SCA proposal asking Eric Pickles to give greater powers to local government – and the government has now agreed. So it’s a victory for the Sustainable Community Act. Find out more about how to submit your ideas HERE
12. Joined up Environmentalism
The Merton Partnership brings together all the organisations (business, government and voluntary), which contribute to the services and public life of the borough. The Merton Partnership draws up The Community Plan, which commits all those groups to work towards common aims. To giver greater focus on environmental targets, Sustainable Merton was asked to set up a new Environment Sub-Group of the Merton Partnership.
At the first meeting yesterday, Tom described how representatives from about 40 organisations came together. They exchanged information about how they were delivering the environmental targets in The Community Plan. They also identified what things they’d like to do, but couldn’t because of some barrier. Two of the main barriers were funding and community engagement.
It soon became apparent that some groups were running similar projects and had similar barriers. Others found that they could help each other out, thus dismantling some of those barriers. For example, it was discovered that two organisations are doing air quality testing in Merton – and they will now exchange information on this. Another example was that an idea to set up a local carbon offsetting scheme had hit some problems and these were resolved during a short discussion.
It’s hoped this new forum will enable Merton to reach environmental targets more efficiently. This will not only be good for the environment, but there will be many other benefits too. For example, Age UK estimates that 28,000 older people die in the UK every year due to hypothermia. So making homes more energy efficient would not only lower carbon emissions, but avoid deaths, hospital admissions, misery and under-achievement. To find out more about the Merton Partnership and the Environment Sub-Group, see HERE.
13. Become an Environmental Champion!
Sustainable Merton has already recruited a small number of Environmental Champions – and is looking to recruit more. These volunteers are being given training and resources and will work in their local area, where they already have connections and are known. Their initial project will be to help increase the rate of recycling through the Mega Recycle scheme.
By using local, trusted people, SM’s Environmental Champions can help organisations to engage with local people (one of the main barriers identified at the Merton Partnership Environment meeting yesterday). If you would like to become an Environmental Champion, please contact email@example.com
14. Passivhaus for Merton Park – update
Edyta and Dean have been meeting with Merton’s planners to discuss how to make their plans more acceptable and it’s hoped to submit a new planning application in a few weeks.
A Passivhaus focusses on the building envelope – walls are twice as thick as an ordinary house, with 30cm of insulation. The ventilation system required for such an air-tight house includes
mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Other features are minimal heating, a roof overhang to give shading. All this will reduce CO2 emissions from around 360 kWh/m2/year for a standard house to 15kWh/m2/year i.e. just 4%. There are also plans to use salvaged materials, re-use timbers and the existing house’s foundations. Edyta showed a graph which demonstrated that the energy associated with demolishing the existing house and building a new one will be repaid through energy efficiency savings in a few years.
To find out more, Edyta recommended reading “The Passivhaus Handbook” by Cotterell and Dadeby. Also the films – “The Inconvenient Truth” and “The Eleventh Hour” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. If anyone would like to borrow those, please contact Edyta
or text M: 07841 849 012.
With so many new houses being built in London, it seems incredible that they are not being built to Passivhaus standards. It costs a bit more, but the cost will soon be paid back through energy savings. This is particularly important in social housing, where people may struggle to pay their fuel bills. With plans to demolish and rebuild three large social housing estates, it’s hoped that Circle Housing could be persuaded to build to Passivhaus standards.
15. Solar Panels in Wandsworth
Janet has applied for retrospective planning permission for her solar panels, but Wandsworth Council has withdrawn the planning application and has not answered Janet’s letter, sent in January.
16. Lots of apples in Tolworth!
Some years ago, Janet helped to plant lots of apple trees in Tolworth. Simone Kaye, a stained glass artist, organised the group. Every year, people go to pick apples there, but there are still lots left over. Tom and Joyce will investigate to see if anything can be done with the apples.
POST MEETING NOTE: Simone is now with Transition Kingston, which has an Abundance group.
This project is to survey the "urban forest" of London and assess its benefits in monetary terms. The results will contribute to more effective resource management decisions, developing policies and setting priorities. The measured benefits of trees are: the amount of stored carbon, pollution removal, the storm water held by the tree, the replacement cost and the amenity value. The idea is that putting a monetary value on the benefits makes it easier to protect trees from development.
700 locations around London have been randomly selected, some of them in Merton. Approximately 200 volunteers have been trained, including Jane SW and Joanna, to collect the data
Christine described how a scheme to plant trees in Alwyne Rd benefited everyone, with an estate agent claiming it added 10% to the value of all properties.
18. Slugs, snails and alcoholic foxes!
At this time of year, slugs and snails are a real pest and can devastate seedlings. Joanna has found that leaving yoghurt pots filled with (cheap) beer is extremely effective in attracting slugs and snails and is poisonous to them. (They can then be put on the compost heap.) Foxes however don’t mind a beer, so it’s best to hide the yoghurt pots under a broken plant pot or something. If your plants are in pots, then putting copper tape around the pot is effective at deterring slugs and snails – and can be used year after year.
Thursdays 5th June & 3rd July, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2pm- 4pm
Green Energy Tours
the Stable Yard, Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD
The Morden Hall Park National Trust team is running free green energy tours throughout the spring/summer months and you are invited to come along and see how the Stable Yard building has been restored in a sustainable way. You will also visit the first Archimedes Screw Turbine installed in London. Contact Morden Hall Park Events on 020 8545 6850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Green Film Festival
Sat 7th June
nearest venue - Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn St SW4 0AT
Highlighting new films from around the world with an environmental message. Sponsored by Friends of the Earth. At Clapham: 'Planet Ocean' Sat 7th June - 7pm. Book tickets HERE
Different films are being screened at the other London venues - Hackney and Greenwich. Find the full list of films HERE
Sun 8th June 10am-4pm
The Piazza Garden
Wimbledon Piazza (just outside Morrisons)
A lovely garden is planned for the Piazza and will be Wimbledon's first contribution to the Chelsea Fringe Festival - see HERE
. To make this a success, a joint effort is needed. So if you can contribute a plant or something else from your garden or help look after the garden on the day, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Caroline on email@example.com
ASAP so that she can coordinate things.
Every day to Sun 8th June 10am-4pm
Wandle Valley Girls
Deen City Farm
Come along to Deen City Farm to see the Wandle Valley Girls. These are head-shaped pots made by the local community and planted with showy vegetable hairdos. Find more info HERE
Thurs 12th 11.30 - 1; Frid 13th 10.30 - 1; Sat 14th June 10.30-1
Arts & Craft Exhibition
Merton & Morden Guild, 34a Aberconway Rd, SM4 5LF
If you are over 55, you can show off your painting, drawing, knitting, sewing or any sort of craft at this annual exhibition. Exhibition pieces must be submitted by 11th June. Call M&M Guild at 8640 1640. Or just come along and view all the fantastic local talent!
Wed 18th June 7.30pm
Solstice Cycle Ride to Richmond
Outside Wimbledon Station, main entrance forecourt
Join local cyclists for a memorable ride through Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park on one of the longest days of the year. We head for The Roebuck on the top of Richmond Hill - you can return to wherever when you wish or be accompanied back to Wimbledon Station when the sun has gone down over the River Thames. Don't forget lights for the return journey - switching them off for the silent roll back through Richmond car-free-at-night Park is the secret joy.
Thurs 19th June 7.30pm
Join local cyclists and friends for a summer garden barbecue in Merton Park. Please contact Charles, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
Sat 21st June 10.30am-5.30pm
Wimbledon Village Fair
on Wimbledon Common
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. Why not come along to the Sustainable Merton and Abundance stall!
Sat 28th June 11am
Wimbledon Pink Knitting Parade
The parade will display the scarf knitted by Wimbledon supporters of WDC and CND to highlight the nuclear bomb-making facilities in Aldermaston and Burghfield. It’s part of the national campaign, Wool against Weapons. This will be the day of reckoning, when we see the full length of the Wimbledon knit! To join the parade, meet up in Compton Rd (beside Wimbledon Library) at 10.30am. Find more info HERE
Sat 28th June 7.30pm
No Glory in War
William Morris Halls, 267 The Broadway, SW19
An evening of music and poetry. This marks 100 years since the Arch Duke Ferdinand was assassinated, starting the First World War. Admission £5. Find out more about wdc-cnd HERE
Fri 4th to Sun 6th July 10am – 5pm (ends at 4pm on Sunday)
Love Natural Love Organic Show
Olympia, Hammersmith Road,
Ethical, natural and organic shops with food, cosmetics, skin, body and hair care, clothing and accessories, household products, lifestyle items and more. Swap recipes and food ideas, on the Recipe Exchange board. Free entry for Soil Association members - see HERE
. Otherwise £7.50 in advance, £10.00 on the door, free entry for children.
Sat 26th & Sun 27th July 10am-4pm
Stanley Road Allotments, off Oaks Way, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 4NQ
An opportunity to go lavender picking and take some home! This community project manages three acres of lavender in an area once famous as “the lavender capital of the world”. Lavender is charged for by the bucket. Volunteers are also needed on Saturday mornings 9.30-12.30 in the weeks before the harvest to help with harvesting, distillation, pruning, making lavender bunches etc. To get there, take a 154 bus from Morden, getting off at Stanley Park Rd. Or else a train to Carshalton Beeches. Entry is via the gate next to South Carshalton Day Centre. Find out more HERE
Sat 9th Aug
Join the Human Peace Scarf
Aldermaston & Burghfield
A seven mile long scarf will be stretched between Aldermaston and Burghfield, the two UK nuclear bomb factories. Campaigners want to stop the replacement of Trident. Bring a picnic, plenty of water, suncream and bells to ring. A family-friendly day. There will be accessible toilets at 8 locations.
Sat 20th Sept 11am-2pm
Abundance Fruit Day
St Mark's Church garden & hall, 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 - HERE. Find the venue HERE
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 email@example.com for more details.
every Wed 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 tel. 07956 170141 Find out more HERE
every Thursday at 10.30
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.
Also see the Facebook group
Second Fridays from 9.30am onwards
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.
John Innes Gardening Group
JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. To find out where to meet up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Bring secateurs and a trowel.
Second Saturday 10am - 2pm
Chick & Pea
Merton Abbey Mills
Buy unpackaged whole foods and home supplies. Bring along glass jars and other containers to fill up with fair trade and organic oats, grains, pulses and dried fruit. Also eco household products for refillable containers.
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library SW19 7ND
The local market in the centre of Wimbledon. A range of food and crafts from local businesses and artisans. Now free entry. To find out more or to book a food or craft stall, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Fridays 2.30-4.30 pm
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood
Join Nick, Peter and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sustainable Merton is looking for people to help restart Green Drinks. Two people have already offered to help but they can't commit to being there every month, so
one or two more people are needed. Green Drinks is a great opportunity for people to get together for a purely social meeting. If you'd like to get involved, then please contact email@example.com