Green Coffee       January  2016
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Thanks to everyone for coming to January Green Coffee, with an especial welcome to Guy who came to his first meeting. Green Coffee sends a huge thank you to Sue for chairing January Green Coffee and putting together this report!

The meeting started off with our annual look at Green Coffee, its focus on local issues and its role in being a forum for discussion. There were more ideas for the 'Where to Get Things Mended' list and you can download the latest copy HERE. We heard of an excellent sustainable fish box scheme that is starting in the area, how the YMCA will now be collecting coffee wrapper waste and lots more about things happening locally.

Happening soon is Sustainable Merton's AGM plus look at sustainability across Merton. This year, we will hear how groups see the future following the step-change agreement at Paris. It is on 11th Feb and it should be interesting!

The next Green Coffee will be on Tues 2nd February, 9.30 - 11am at the YMCA cafe upstairs. If you can't make this, the one after is planned for Tues 1st March. Everyone is welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: The Green Coffee Update covers whatever views are expressed by individuals at the meeting. Indeed, Green Coffee members often have different views on topics. The newsletter does not verify information or web links, so it's up to you to challenge views or correct information - and if you can't make it along, you are very welcome to send in your comments for discussion at the next meeting.
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Sustainable Merton  HERE
EcoLocal (Sutton) HERE
Transition Town Tooting HERE


news at January Green Coffee

Green Coffee
1. Annual Review

Recycling & Waste

2. Coffee Wrappers update
3. Mending Things
4. Wandle LETS

5. What to do with old pillows and towels
6. Resource Use - what's new?

7. Food Waste Bags

8. Christmas Tree Recycling

9.  Faircatch
10. New App to Reduce Food Waste
11. Sainsbury's Local Food Partner Scheme
12. Congratulations to the YMCA!

Gardening & Green Spaces
13. Growing hops in Morden Park
14. Morden Hall Park Bio Blitz
15. Become a Tree Charter Champion
16. Gardening help offered - Kingston Rd

Built Environment & Air Quality
17. Crossrail 2
18. Air Quality in Merton
19. Plough Lane Development

20. Ice and the Sky

What's On?

21.1  6.30pm
Living Streets
West Barnes Lane  KT3

23.1 & 24.1  11- 2
Tree Planting
Moreton Green SM4

30.1 & 31.1   10-1
Hedge Planting
Haydons Rd Station

11.2   7.30pm
Drake House SW19

18.2   7.30pm
Mayoral Candidate
TUR Church SW19

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

January Green Coffee - news


1. Green Coffee - annual review
At the first meeting of the year, Green Coffee reassesses the ground rules under which it runs. It was agreed that:
  • Green Coffee will continue to focus on local environmental topics.
  • Members occasionally take opposing views on an issue. Green Coffee respects these different views and reports on them rather than taking sides.
  • Green Coffee is not a campaigning group. However, it will publicise local environmental campaigns and provide a forum for discussion and networking. 

Recycling, Repair & Waste

2. Coffee Wrappers update
The TerraCycle box for the YMCA is due to be delivered at any time and so any coffee wrappers can be brought to Green Coffee in the future or given to Juliet if the box has not arrived. 

3. Mending Things
Green Coffee members have put together suggestions of where to get things mended. You can download the list HERE.

Louise asked for ideas on where to get a brand new convector heater repaired. The supplier had returned the money for the defective machine and does not want the product returned, so it will be dumped if it can not be repaired. It was suggested that she takes it to the Transition Town Tooting Restart Party, where you can get electricals/electronics mended (for free?). The next Restart event is 20th February at Mushkil Aasaan (exact times tba). They also want to meet anyone who is already into fixing stuff or who would like to learn more. See the TTW newsletter HERE. Other suggestions were Abbey Electrics in Merton Road and Paul Electrics in Grand Drive.

4. Wandle LETS
This is a community based trading system in Wandsworth and Merton which lets members exchange goods or services for a nominal currency called ECOs. The ECOs can then be spent on goods and services offered by other people. Find out more HERE. You can join for just £5 a year. There are generally 100 or so trades every year.

5. What to do with old pillows and towels
Charity shops don't accept them but pillows work well as padding for dog kennels. Spires, a charity for homeless people, near St Leonard's church in Streatham will take them. Also, animal shelters, Battersea Cats & Dogs Home and vets are always grateful for towels and blankets.

6. Resource Use - what's new?
Thank you Adam for sending in information about the Resourceful Conference on 28th Jan at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Find out the latest on repair and maintenance, reuse, sharing, renting, remanufacture and activities and collaborations in that area, with direct input from local authorities, companies, waste operators, government departments, community schemes and investors. Tickets from £30. Find more info HERE.

7. Food Waste Bags
At previous Green Coffees, we have reported on plans to stop delivery of food recycling bags to households in Merton. The intention is that people can collect the bags from a local library. However people will have to remember to take along their tax bills to get them for free! Susanna and others are concerned that this will lead to a collapse in household food waste recycling and when food waste is put into general waste, then the problems with animals ripping open bin bags and strewing rubbish around the streets will escalate.

Susanna has written to and her local councillors and encourages others to do the same. See her email HERE.

8. Christmas Tree Recycling
Please remember to take your real Christmas trees to the Garth Road Reuse and Recycling Centre (Morden), or use Merton Council's free household collection service (Trees must be placed at the front of your property on 10th January and will be collected from 11th - 24th January). The trees collected are either composted or turned into chippings which will be used as a mulch to spread on flower beds.



9. Faircatch
A new fish box scheme Faircatch has been launched - find more info HERE. Guy explained that this is a membership organisation, providing environmentally-sound locally caught fish direct from fishermen on the south coast. The fish provided is variable depending on the catch and is normally provided on the day it is caught.

Currently fish can be collected from Replingham Rd, Southfields (Fridays 3.30 – 5pm), as well as Northcote Road and Barmouth Kitchen in Wandsworth. Faircatch is looking to spread to other areas in the South West London region. It was suggested that the YMCA might be a possible depot or a small cafe like Gooseberry Bush in Kingston Road. The organisation also runs fish sustainable education sessions in schools. Guy can be contacted on

POST MEETING NOTE: fish collection points have now been set up on Friday afternoons at the YMCA and the Gooseberry Bush. See HERE for more details.

10. New App to Reduce Food Waste
We were introduced to a new app which connects neighbours and local businesses with each other and shares out surplus or unwanted food removing the need to throw away excess food. OLIO is based on local communities and is looking to expand. See more HERE.

11. Sainsbury's Local Food Partner Scheme
Sainsbury's is expanding their Local Food Donation programme and is looking for local charities that can collect fresh food donated by Sainsbury's and/or dry and tinned food donated by customers. Find out more HERE.

12. Congratulations to the YMCA!
The café at YMCA Wimbledon (where Green Coffee is held) is the first business in Merton to fulfill all 24 criteria in the Healthier Catering Commitment for London Scheme. This voluntary scheme means that restaurants, takeaways, sandwich bars and other caterers can show their commitment to providing healthier options. Look out for the window sticker publicising the YMCA's achievement.


Gardening & Green Spaces

13. Growing hops in Morden Park
Abundance member Liz has been liaising with the owner of the new Wimbledon Brewery. The outcome is that some hop plants will be planted in Merton including in Morden Park Playing Fields in the cricket practice area. The idea is to add the hops to locally made beer to make a special Merton brew.

14. Morden Hall Park Bio Blitz
After a successful event in 2015 Morden Hall Park will be hosting another Bio Blitz.  The website is not yet up to date, but see the general website HERE. Alison took part in the 2015 event and reported it as a great event for all ages.  They will be looking for volunteers. The event includes bat and bird walks and a wide variety of other activities. This will take place on the 1st weekend in June. Wimbledon Common will also have a Bio Blitz.

15. Become a Tree Charter Champion
If you are passionate about trees and are with a local group, you can become a Tree Charter Champion. The training programme for aspiring Tree Charter Champions is on Saturday 27th February at Clissold House in Stoke Newington. Find out more HERE.

16. Gardening help offered - Kingston Rd
Anna got in touch with Green Coffee. She and her husband live in a flat in Kingston Rd with no garden. They would love to help someone locally in their garden. So if you know of anyone who would like to share their garden, then please get in touch. It was suggested that Anna speaks to Jane SW who helps people who can no longer look after their gardens. Also Anna could get in touch with the community gardens or allotment groups. Currently there are allotments available at the Rose Avenue Allotment site.


Built Environment & Air Quality

17. Crossrail 2
We were reminded that the consultation period was about to expire on January 8th and we should make sure to send our objections to the plans by then. Joyce also reminded us that there is a local consultation meeting at Holy Trinity Church on the Broadway at 7pm on the 7th January. Joyce subsequently sent to the members at the meeting a number of documents which outlined various issues from a number of groups and gave guidance on how to make objections in the consultation.

18. Air Quality in Merton
Recently published information shows that 6.4% of deaths in Merton are caused by air polluted with particulates (small dust particles), slightly lower than the average for London, but higher than the average for England. Also pollution from nitrates is higher than it should be. Merton had the highest rate of lung diseases like bronchitis and breathlessness, compared with similar boroughs. Such lung diseases (collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are one of the main reasons for people going into hospitals at weekends. Find the report on  Merton HERE.

19. Plough Lane Development
It was reported that the planning application for the new football stadium and houses went through unanimously and the development will go ahead despite objections from the local residents and interested parties. The development should be completed before Crossrail 2 is started.



20. FILM: Ice and the Sky
A film on the state of the Antarctic as a result of environmental issues and global warming made by an octogenarian  French man who spent time there in his twenties. Juliet recommended the film which is being shown at Curzon cinemas and the French Institute. Look for it at art house cinemas.



Thurs 21st Jan  from 6.30pm
MEETING: Merton Living Streets
287 West Barnes Lane, KT3 6JE

Interested in making our streets better for pedestrians and cyclists? Then come along and discuss our plans for the year ahead.   For more information please contact Further information on Living Streets HERE

Sat 23th & Sun 24th Jan 11am-2pm
Tree Planting & Maintenance

Moreton Green, Middleton Rd & Merevale Crescent SM4 6HL
Join local residents and Merton Tree Wardens for a workday. There will be tree planting, checking existing trees and giving TLC where needed. Find out more HERE.

Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan, 10am-1pm
Hedge Planting
Near the entrance to Haydons Rd Railway Station  SW19 8SL

Join local resident Patrick and Merton Tree Wardens to plant a native hedge by the fruit trees and bushes. This will help beautify this area near the entrance to the station. Find out more HERE.

Thursday 11th February  from 7.30pm
Sustainable Merton's Annual General Meeting
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, Wimbledon SW19 4ED

We invite all our supporters, volunteers and partners to join us at our Annual General Meeting 2016. We'll be celebrating the start of our 10th year of operation and discussing the question 'How do we see sustainability unfolding in Merton in the next ten years?'. More details coming soon.

Thurs 18th Feb from 7.30pm
Trinity United Reform Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon SW19 4AA

Sian Berry the Green Party Mayoral Candidate will be speaking. All are welcome to hear her speak and ask questions. For more information contact Tom Killick Or see the websites for Merton Greens HERE & Sian 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.

second Tuesdays  from 8pm
Green Drinks

At the Charles Holden Pub (opp Colliers Wood tube station) 198 High Street, Colliers Wood SW19 2BH
The perfect social event for those interested in sustainability issues and wanting to meet other like-minded people is back! The new venue is a lovely pub at the entrance to Wandle Park. Easy to get to from Wimbledon via the 200 bus - and Colliers Wood tube station is just across the road.

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.

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.

third Wednesdays  8 - 10pm
Merton Friends of the Earth - Monthly Meet Up
William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SD

All are welcome at this new group to discuss issues including climate change. You'll hear more about the ongoing local Bee Campaign and how you can help with general maintenance in Wandle Park. 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. Please contact Charles, Borough Coordinator Merton Cycling Campaign tel. 8949 0708 or email 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
Join Auriel and Tom for some gardening at this friendly group. For more information, contact Tom at

second Fridays   from 9.30 - 11am
John Innes Gardening Group

JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. Meet up by the mulberry tree. Bring secateurs and a trowel. For more information, please 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
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
Friends of the Canons - Workday
The Canons Recreation Ground (meet at the pond)
at 10am
Come along and help maintain this beautiful area. Including clearing trees and beds of invasive species and surveying important parts of the site. Tools and refreshments provided. Please wear stout shoes and bring gardening gloves. Sessions usually last about 3 hours, but please just come for as long as you like. For more information, contact John Davis: 020 8640 4578 / 07739 513948.

fourth Sundays
Fish Pond Wood & Beverley Meads - Workday
meet in Beverley Meads car park, Barham Rd at 9.30am

Maintenance work. Organised by the London Wildlife Trust Merton Group. For more info, contact Steve Parish 07949 400298 or email or Glyn Williams 0777 5773400