Green Coffee                      May  2014
Hello All
You are invited to Green Coffee on Tues 3rd June 9.30-11am at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd   SW19 1LT. Hope you can make it to this, or else can come to the one after on Tues 1st July.
Also please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested - everyone is welcome to come along.
Below is a summary of topics discussed at May Green Coffee. This included a first hand account from architect Edyta of her exciting plans to build Merton's first Passivhaus, and updates on the Mega Recycle and recycling supermarket plastic. And many congratulations to Joanna who was recognised at the recent Merton Civic Awards for her impressive contribution to the community.

  • The Piazza Garden - it's not too late to contribute a plant on June 8th - please contact   Find out more BELOW
  • Wimbledon Nature Club seeks new co-leader - find more info HERE

What's On?

4.6 & 7.6
UK Green Film Fest

Claphan Picturehouse

5.6 & 3.7 
Green Energy Tours
Morden Hall Park

8.6 10am-4pm
Piazza Garden
Wim town centre

20.6 10.30am-5.30pm
Wim Village Fair

Wim Common

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

May Green Coffee   - what happened?

1. Award for Green Coffee member
We’re delighted to hear that Joanna was runner up for the Community Award and was ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent Merton Civic Awards. Joanna was nominated by U3A (University of the third age) students, whom she teaches the recorder. Besides her music teaching, Joanna is active in many local groups, including the John Innes Gardening Group and she campaigns for Wimbledon Disarmament Coalition/CND. One of her recent ploys has been to set up a local group to help knit a 7 mile pink scarf to join the two UK nuclear weapons facilities at Aldermaston and Burghfield to draw attention to those sites. Find out more HERE. Green Coffee congratulates Joanna on her well-deserved award for the wonderful contribution she makes to the community.
2. Fete of the Earth
This will be on Sat 17th May. Please get in touch with Joanna at if you can help on the day or can donate plants, books, bric-a-brac or tombola prizes. And don’t forget to go along to find great value seedlings and other bargains - so put it in your diary! There’s more information under EVENTS below. Also you can download the most recent newsletter from WDC/CND HERE
3. Beware internet compost
Buying compost online is convenient if you don’t have transport, but be sure to read the small print. Joanna recently bought some peat-free compost for growing tomato plants, but had disastrous results.
4. Cycling - join the Big London Ride
Merton Cycle Campaign is getting together a local group of cyclists to cycle into central London for the Big Ride on Sat 17th May. You’ll be able to cycle through famous London locations such as Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square … and it’s traffic free. Find more information about the event and the route HERE
Merton cyclists are meeting up opposite the police station in Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon at 10am. For information, please contact Charles at
Campaigning for better cycling provision continues - see the Times article about top cyclists writing to all councils HERE
5. The Piazza Garden & The Chelsea Fringe
Merton’s contribution to the Chelsea Fringe is a garden on The Piazza on Sunday 8th June. Caroline is organising this and is asking people to donate a plant or two for the display. The aim is to show what people can do in their own gardens and it will also give publicity to local gardening projects. More contributions especially of plants are needed – so please contact Caroline if you’d like to donate something for the day at
6. A Passivhaus for Merton?
Edyta described plans for building a low-carbon Passivhaus in Merton Park. The initial planning application was rejected on the grounds that it did not fit in with neighbouring buildings.  Edyta (an architect) and her husband Dean are in discussions with the council regarding a revised application.  Together, they have set up a website for the project – see HERE.  If you’re interested in looking at the original application and the objections to it, see HERE.

There is only a handful of Passivhauses in London and this would be the first in Merton and so would be a great asset to the borough. Edyta added that buildings account for 43% of UK’s CO2 emissions and technology exists now to dramatically reduce this. We need to demonstrate to policy makers that attitudes have to change and there is growing support for building greener houses. If you would like to support Edyta’s and Dean’s plans or have any questions, then please ‘leave a comment’ on their blog HERE
7. Green Energy for Schools
Peter is a former governor of a Merton community school  and is interested in encouraging schools to install PV panels and so benefit from the Feed in tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.  He is Governor of a University, a member of both Project Dirt and SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education) and was interested in Juice from your Roof and the Merton community energy project
8. Recycling supermarket plastic
Carole has been asking the supermarkets to clarify how to recycle their packaging. Sainsbury's said that the organic fruit nets are made of corn starch and are compostable. The tag is laminated plastic and is not recyclable, whilst the metal clip is. It was suggested bags should be cut up before putting them in the compost or in the food waste bin.
Waitrose and Sainsbury's are using an excessive number of plastic bags in their home delivery. They claim that, as food is collected by a different store worker in each section, a new bag has to be used by each. Waitrose says customers would like fewer bags, but also like the convenience of carrying goods in a bag. Bags are made of 50% recycled material and drivers will collect bags for recycling. Carole reports that these same shops use a lot fewer bags in Wales where there is a charge for plastic bags.
9. New Incentives from the Green Deal
BY EMAIL: Polly and Laura were not able to attend Green Coffee as they were doing a Green Deal survey!  Thank you to Laura for sending an email to update us on the latest from the Green Deal as follows:
Last week the Government announced the Green Deal Improvement Fund.  In essence, this is a simplification of the Green Deal by offering straight cash rather than requiring homeowners to take out a Green Deal loan.  The offers are:
- £1,000 for the installation of 2 out of a list of 12 energy saving improvements (these include new boilers and replacement of single-glazed windows) 
- max of £6,000 (or 75%) of the cost of solid wall  insulation
- an additional £500 for homebuyers who bought within the last 12 months and are applying for one of the above
- £100 refund on the cost of a Green Deal assessment
All improvements have to be carried out by a Green Deal authorised installer and recommended on an EPC or Green Deal report, which is not more than 2 years old.  We are still awaiting the final details of the scheme, so may be able to give more information at the next meeting.
10. The Mega Recycle – household pack & help spread the word!
Many homes have now received a Mega Recycle package. This includes a form, which you can complete to join the Mega Recycle scheme and have a chance of winning £250 (or you can join online HERE) There is also a sticker - put your house number on this and stick it onto your recycling box. The other sticker is a handy list of what to recycle and can be put onto a cupboard door.
If you’d like to help the Mega Recycle campaign, then please get in touch with Sustainable Merton at They are looking for volunteers to help knock on doors and encourage people to recycle more.


Wed 4th June  &  Sat 7th June
UK Green Film Festival
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:
'A River Changes Course'  Wed 4th June - 7pm. Book Tickets HERE
'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
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 find out more about 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

Sun 8th June  10am-4pm
The Piazza Garden
Wimbledon Piazza (just outside of 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 and here's how you can help:

Contribute a plant or something else from your garden ... or help look after the garden on the day or help with transport... or put up a poster (see HERE) and tell others about it. If you can do any of those, then please contact Caroline on ASAP so that she can coordinate things.

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. Please remember to visit the Sustainable Merton and Abundance stall.



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 

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.

Green Drinks
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

Second Fridays   from 9.30am onwards
John Innes Gardening Group

JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. To find out where to meet up, please contact  Bring secateurs and a trowel. 

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. 
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 

Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
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 

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 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
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