Green Coffee
Thanks to everyone who came along to July Green Coffee, especially to Jil and Craig, who were there for the first time.
Craig told us how
Merton Council's draft plans could allow shops, restaurants and office space to be included in redevelopment of Wimbledon Library (although there are no plans to do this at present). Please contact him at if you want to keep in touch with his campaign to ensure that the ground floor remains library/community space or sign the petition HERE.

The next Green Coffee will be on Tues Aug 6th 9.30-11am at the YMCA and the one after will be on Sept 3rd. Please put those in your diary.

What's On?

17.7  11.30-1.30
Teddy Bear's Picnic
South Park Gardens

10.9  from 2pm
Local History Tour

South Park Gardens

14.9  2-4pm
Table Top Sale
Holy Trinity School

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

28.9 & 29.9
Volunteer Day

Tamworth allotments

find more details below

   Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

What happened at July Green Coffee

1. Redevelopment of Wimbledon Library?
There is some concern that the way is being left open for part of Wimbledon library to be converted into shops, restaurants or offices. This is in the council’s Sites & Policies plan which is at a late stage in consultation. It says:
“Library to be retained and improved. Residential on part of site to support library function.” “Remainder of site considered for an appropriate mix of any of the following – community, retail, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, office and residential use.”  

Also, the plans now designate the Wimbledon Hill Rd side of the library as a 'secondary shopping frontage' . These statements all come from the document HERE. The council is now at Stage 3 in the process of agreeing Sites and Policies plan - find the whole plan and consultation responses HERE   So it is nearing the end of the consultation process and later this year, the plan will be submitted to government for approval.
Wimbledon Library is a locally listed building so the outside of the building (at the front at least) will have to be kept. But people also value the library as a community space and there would be a lot of concern if some of this was turned into shops, restaurants and offices. There is already a lack of community space in central Wimbledon and the recent closure of Wimbledon Community Centre and the uncertainties about what’s going to happen with it make this worse.
So what can we do?
There are now plans to form a campaign to protect Wimbledon Library, including the formation of a Friends of Wimbledon Library type group. If you would like to get involved or keep up to date with what is happening, then please contact
Other things you can do quickly are as follows:
  • Email saying you wish to go on the council's email distribution list, to be notified about any future developments on the Wimbledon Library site. 
  • Add your comment to the phase 3 consultation for the Sites and Policies plan. This begins soon - probably on July 12th and lasting until August 23rd. For information on how to do this, look HERE
  • Alert others who might be interested
  • Sign the e-petition which will ask for the library and community space to occupy the majority of the ground floor area. When the petition goes up on Merton Council website in the next few days, you will find it HERE.
2. Planting fruit trees – for Belinda
Jil is collecting money that will be used to plant some fruit trees in memory of Belinda, a regular attendee at Green Coffee. The collection at Green Coffee amounted to £71.50 and with other donations there is now a total of over £100. One option is to plant them at St Mark’s church garden, where Abundance fruit day is held. Jil is also planning to hold a Riverford dinner at her home in the autumn to raise more money.
POST MEETING NOTE: there are too many over-hanging trees at St Mark’s, making this site unsuitable. Jil is also looking at local schools and public green spaces in the Kingston Rd area.
3. Chelsea Fringe – Curt’s Contribution
Curt had two installations at Battersea Power Station as part of the Chelsea Fringe. One was a plant and story spot – the label on plants told how people were associated with the plant. The other was an art installation. Next year, South Park Gardens will look at hosting a Chelsea Fringe installation.
4. Volunteers Day at Tamworth Farm
On Sat 7th and Sun 8th Sept & Sat 28th and Sun 29th Sept 11am-3pm, 60 young people from The Challenge Network will be helping to make the site ready for allotments. Adult volunteers are needed to help oversee all this work, so please get in  touch with if you can help out.
5. Getting posters up in Merton Libraries
Helen has written a report on how groups can get posters approved to go up in Merton libraries and get them sent around. Find the report HERE.  Joyce analysed what posters were up in Wimbledon Library last year – and found that here were multiple copies of some posters, with 13 copies of one poster (3 were A3 size), 6 copies of another (3 were A3). This squeezes the space for community posters that can only be put up on the 3 community boards in the centre of the library.
6. Phipp’s Bridge – volunteers needed
Some of the volunteers for Phipp’s Bridge are now helping at Tamworth Farm. So more volunteers are needed to look after the community allotment – open on Wednesdays 10am-2pm. If you would like to help, contact Gillian by calling 07956 170141.
7. Fayre & Square shop in Centre Court
This provides affordable space for local artisans to sell their work. It also gives retail training to young people with mental health challenges.
Contact Alice for sheep’s wool to keep the slugs and snails off your vegetables – email
8. Palm Oil
With massive fires ongoing in Indonesia, people should look at labels and try to avoid products containing palm oil or at least see that palm oil is from sustainable sources.
9. Wimbledon Foodbank
Collections for the foodbank are ongoing at churches around Wimbledon. At Holy Trinity church, people are getting used to making regular donations of food.

10. South Park Gardens
The gardens hold lots of events throughout the year and everyone is welcome to come along to those. Current planned events are the Teddy Bears' Picnic on the 17th July, aimed at pre-school children and parents/carers. Also there will be a local history tour for the over 50s on Sept 10th. Find more details below under EVENTS.

11. Sutton Community Farm's organic veg bag scheme
Organic veggie boxes can now be collected from the YMCA in the evening -  Thurs 12-7pm, Fri 9am-7pm. To order a box from Sutton Community Farm, see HERE. It was reported that prices seem to be in line with other veggie box schemes.
12. Greening Business
You can now get free advice on greening your business from Merton Chamber of Commerce. An advisor will visit your organisation, carry out a full audit of your premises, then make tailored recommendations for quick, easy and low-cost initiatives which will not only help the environment but should also save you money. The programme works with businesses, voluntary organisations, faith groups etc. To find out more, ring Merton Chamber of Commerce on 020 8944 5501 or visit
13. What else should be recycled in Merton?
The Local Government Association has put together a list of 10 household items that can be recycled and usually aren’t. Here it is:
Disposable nappies
Hard plastics e.g. garden furniture, toys
Cooking oil                 (Merton Council already collects this at Garth Rd)
Cassette tapes
Wine corks
Maybe we should be lobbying the council to collect and recycle these!
You can find the full article HERE
14. Try TerraCycling!
TerraCycle is a free waste collection for hard to recycle materials. It co-ordinates across the country the recycling of things like McVitie’s biscuit wrappers or writing instruments or Activia yoghurt pots. Once you have collected your waste items, then send them in and you’ll get awarded points. These points have a value and can be donated to your chosen charity or non-profit organisation.  Find more information HERE. Thanks Ting for telling Green Coffee about this.
15. Save Morden Tavern - petition
The campaign has asked the council to classify Morden Tavern as an “Asset of Community Value”. This would mean that if the property gets sold, then the community group would be given time to put a bid together. The intention is to turn it into a co-operative pub, along the lines of the very successful community pub in Carshalton.  So please sign the petition HERE to ask the council to protect Morden Tavern. If you’d like to get involved in the campaign, then contact or call David Smith (The Chair of the SHPG) on tel. 07969368242.
16. Report bad driving
There is now a Met Police website for doing this. So if you see bad driving, you can now report it HERE
17. Myrna Close – update
Meg reported good news on the pond in the Myrna Close Nature reserve. Life in the pond has died off except for the growth of toxic algae, which is dangerous for pets and people. A pump could be used to aerate the pond and there will be a meeting with council, residents and wild life reps to map out a way forward.  Also Meg has kindly offered to advise other groups on how to get something done about other neglected sites. For more information or advice, please contact Meg at
18. Abundance 2013
Plans are being made for fruit picking and sharing this summer. There is now a jam-making and foraging sub-group, and some of us have been out elderflower picking already.  Also the date for Abundance Fruit Day is 21st Sept from 11am-2pm, so please put it in your diaries.


Wed 17th July  11.30am – 1.30pm
Teddy Bears Picnic
South Park Gardens

Bring your pre-school child along with their teddy bear or favourite cuddly toy to these lovely gardens in the centre of Wimbledon. Organised by Friends of South Park Gardens. Find more information, see HERE  

Tues 10th Sept  from 2pm
Local History Tour for Over 50s
South Park Gardens

Organised by Friends of South Park Gardens. Find more information, see HERE  

Sat 14th Sept  2-4pm
Table Top Sale
Holy Trinity School, Effra Rd

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 7th & Sun 8th Sept; also Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept  
the new Tamworth allotments - volunteer day
Tamworth Farm, London Rd, opposite Figges Marsh

Adult volunteers are needed to oversee work when 60 young people from the Challenge Network come along to help. If you can help out for a couple of hours or for the whole day (10am-4pm), then please email  Tamworth Farm is next to London Rd Cemetery, opposite Figges Marsh, between Lavender and Victoria Avenues - entrance via the lane to the left of the Sure Start centre, then go to the black double gates at the end of the lane on the left. Find a map HERE.


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 17th July. 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 HERE
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 13th July. Entry is £1. If you would like to book a stall for any market from July to Oct or want more information, please contact 
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