Green Coffee           May  2015
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Thanks to everyone who came to Green Coffee this week.

Leigh has very kindly offered to host the Green Coffee in her retrofitted home and let us see some of the low carbon features in the house and garden.  So next Green Coffee will be on 2nd June from 9.30 - 11am at
66 Woodside Rd, off Wimbledon Hill Rd. July Green Coffee should be back at the YMCA.

At May Green Coffee, we heard that leave to appeal against the incinerator was not granted, but there was better luck for ClientEarth when the courts ordered government to take action on poor air quality. There are continued problems with the Myrna Close pond, but the good news is that the trees have now been planted in Wandle Park.

Since Green Coffee, Joao let us know there will be seed/seedling swops at Tamworth Farm next weekend. Also the invite to groups to attend the Wimbledon Community Showcase has just been issued
- find it HERE  Full details below.

Download the latest from:  
Sustainable Merton  HERE
Making Colliers Wood Happy HERE
EcoLocal (Sutton) HERE
Tree Warden Group Merton HERE


news at May Green Coffee

Recycling & Waste
1. An Important Victory for Air Quality!

2. Pick up Plastic Boxes at Morrisons

3. Stop the Incinerator Campaign - update

4. The Circular Economy

Gardening & Food  
5. Stop Spraying Street Plantings

6. May Project is Recruiting

7. Looking after Street Trees

8. Myrna Close Pond - continued problems

The Built Environment
9. Swift Boxes

10. A Sustainable Future for Wimbledon

11. Raynes Park Cycle Path - update

Energy News
12. YMCA instals Y:cubes

13. UNA Hustings

14. The Trees are Planted!

15. Merton Arts Trail

Other things local
16. Health Champions

17. Superhighways Support - website, case studies, evaluation


What's On?

16.5  10.30-12.30
Plant Sale
John Innes

16.5 & 17.5 10.30am
Seed/Seedling Swap
Tamworth Farm

30.5 10am-4pm

Morden Hall Park

6.6 11am-2pm
Fete of the Earth

St Mark's, Wim

13.6  8-12noon
Car Boot Sale
St Mary's Church field

13.6 10am-2.30pm
Community Showcase
YMCA Wimbledon

Find past issues of Green Coffee Update HERE

May Green Coffee - news


Recycling & Waste

1. An Important Victory for Air Quality!
On 29th April, the UK Supreme Court ordered the government to take immediate action on air quality. ClientEarth argued that every year, 29,000 people in the UK die early as a result of air pollution. The court accepted this and the next government must take action particularly against diesel vehicles, the main source of nitrogen dioxide emissions. It is not expected that the UK will be able to comply with EU legal limits until at least 2030. Find out more HERE

The ITV will cover the story of the five year fight by ClientEarth in a programme on May 19th.  Look out for Tom and Juliet who were interviewed by the ITV crew!

2. Pick up Plastic Boxes at Morrisons
Adam found that Morrisons was more than happy to hand over large plastic boxes. Otherwise, they have to pay to get them recycled. So just ask!

3. Stop the Incinerator Campaign - update
On 28th April, the courts turned down the application to appeal. That means that Viridor can go ahead and build the incinerator in Beddington. The focus will now be on promises on emissions, air quality and use of generated heat to make sure these are honoured. Find out about the Stop the Incinerator campaign HERE.

4. The Circular Economy
We should think about how we can move towards Zero Waste, by lobbying the packaging industry and re-using as much as we can. There has been some progress with more people using their own bags and the introduction of a charge for plastic bags by the supermarkets in October this year, but much more is needed.

Listen to the excellent programme on 23rd April about The Circular Economy featuring Dame Ellen Macarthur. Following her time sailing round the world with finite resources, she set up a foundation to find ways to re-use products, extend the life of items and mend things. Find it HERE


Gardening & Open Spaces

5. Stop Spraying Street Plantings
Ask street maintenance crews not to spray by attaching a label - download labels HERE.  Or else, just speak to them. They will usually respect your request.
6. May Project is Recruiting
The May Project is a fantastic community garden project in Morden. They are now looking for a Community Gardener, a Marketing & PR person, a Youth Leader and a Community Fundraising Advisor. If you are interested, please email You will be invited to an Open Day to meet the team and find out more.

7. Looking after Street Trees
Merton Tree Wardens has organised training on caring for street trees. This will cover pruning, removing unnecessary ties and stakes and recording work. Find out about this and other news in the latest Merton Tree Wardens' newsletter HERE

8. Myrna Close Pond - continued problems
There continue to be major problems with the pond. It is covered in a smooth carpet of small-leafed green plants which are very difficult to clear away. For the unsuspecting, this could look like a grassy area and someone could step into the pond by mistake. With a couple of feet of mud at the bottom of the pond, it could be very difficult to get out. Keith completed a risk assessment form which was sent to the council, but no action has been taken. Meg and Keith have arranged to meet the council to seek a resolution.

Attempts to make this a seasonal pond have not been successful and it is possible that the best option is to drain the pond. It was suggested that Wimbledon Common Conservators might provide advice.

The Built Environment

9. Swift Boxes
Swift boxes are now officially part of the Dundonald School development, thanks to the young Ecowarriors at the school. Including swift bricks in new buildings and putting up swift boxes in older buildings provides homes for swifts, now that houses generally don't have under-eave spaces which can be used for nesting.

The swift population has slumped by 50% in recent years. These nesting sites will support your local swift population. If you have no swifts, then they can be attracted by playing recordings of swift calls. Swifts can live to at least 20 years old and so will return to nesting sites for many years. Find out more about swift conservation HERE

10. A Sustainable Future for Wimbledon
WEHRA has laid out some further ideas on Tall Buildings and Movement for the centre of Wimbledon. These are intended to stimulate discussion, so that other community groups and individuals might consider how they would like to see the centre of Wimbledon develop in the next 10-15 years.  This follows on from a design competition initiated by business group LoveWimbledon and Merton Council last Autumn.

The importance of a strong community position was illustrated when the YMCA proposal of a 24 storey block was met with a widespread community response and the plans were withdrawn. A maximum of 8 storeys in commercial areas is proposed, and 3 storeys when adjoining residential properties.

Transport for London’s hierarchy for movement is walking, cycling, public transport and private car, in declining order of preference. Whilst some people have suggested the only ’solution’ is to block traffic from some of The Broadway,  local residents’ association WEHRA does not support this approach.  WEHRA is exploring many other more sensitive and sustainable opportunities to reduce congestion and increase safety at this increasingly important transport hub. See WEHRA's ideas for Tall Buildings HERE and for Movement HERE.

11. Raynes Park Cycle Path - update

The proposed cycle path from Raynes Park to New Malden has already attracted opposition. It was suggested that the positives should be emphasised e.g. security for nearby homes could be improved by the path, it could be used as both a footpath and a cycle path including for children getting to school, and an artist's impression of what it would look like could make people more supportive of the idea.

The original Sustrans route is now 30 years old - and so it is about time we had better cycling routes in Merton!


Energy News

12. YMCA instals Y:cubes
Thirty six self-contained one bedroom flats are being installed in Clay Avenue Mitcham. See the Wimbledon Guardian report HERE. You can see a Y:cube behind the YMCA building in The Broadway - just down Trinity Road. These are energy efficient housing units.



13. UNA Hustings
The hustings themed 'The UK - a Global Force for Good' was on 15th April and attracted a full audience. Some topics have not been discussed much in other election debates including climate change, renewable energy, the United Nations and Palestine. Even the candidates didn't seem to know much about the UN and the need for reform.

14. The Trees are Planted!
240 trees were planted in Wandle Park by children from Singlegate School and local residents and groups from across Merton. Following a wait of several months, the trees were already in leaf and the soil was dry. However, the trees were watered in and mulched - and have been watered again, so hopefully will settle in well. There was good publicity in the Wimbledon Guardian and various other media.  One in five children has asthma or other respiratory problems, due to high NO2 levels and a lot of dust from work at the tower. It's hoped that these new trees will mean a better air quality in Colliers Wood. Find out more HERE

15. Merton Arts Trail
This will be over two weekends in September - 19th/20th and 26th/27th. Maya will be exhibiting her work.


Other things local

16. Health Champions
The first Health Champions have been trained and are ready to help people live healthier lives, eat well, take exercise and give up smoking. This is part of Merton Council's public health programme, undertaken following the transfer of public health from the NHS to local councils. Find out more about the Health Champions HERE

17. Superhighways Support - website, case studies, evaluation
Merton Voluntary Services Council is organising free training for community groups. One workshop will be on setting up a website, another on making best use of case studies and the third helps you monitor and evaluate your  project. Find out more HERE  The evaluation workshop is free, although the others require a small fee.



Sat 16th May  10.30am-12.30pm
Plant Sale - John Innes
5a Sheridan Rd Merton Park

You can help by donating plants, setting up or selling plants. Or come along and buy plants and enjoy homemade cake and refreshments.

Sat 16th & Sun 17th May 10.30am
Seed/Seedling Swap & Sale
Rose Ave Community Shed, Tamworth Farm Allotments

Come and swap your seeds or seedlings. Organised by the Tamworth Farm Allotment Society. Refreshments provided - bring a plate to share. Raising money to fund the community plot. There will be purple carrots, blue sweetcorn, yellow lemon cucumbers, giant pumpkins!

Sat 30th May  10am-4pm
Morden Hall Park

An exciting day of events that will engage people, especially children, in the natural world. Current plans include a bat walk, moth trapping (display then release), small mammal trapping, a bird walk and lots of activities for children. Organised by Morden Hall Park Nature Club with Surrey Wildlife Trust. Find out more HERE

Sat 6th June  11am-2pm
Fête of the Earth
St Mark’s Church Hall
& Garden
Plants, books, bric-a-brac. Find a bargain. Admission 50p. Donations are needed. Stalls are available to any green cause - a donation of 25% from any sales is requested. This is the big annual fund-raiser and social event for WDC-CND. For more information, contact Joanna at 

Sat 13th June  8am - 12noon
Car Boot Sale
St Mary's Field

Sell your unwanted household goods, clothes, plants etc. Or come and find a bargain! All money will go towards the UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF. For more info, contact Alison at or tel. 020 8944 0574. Or see the flyer HERE

Sat 13th June  10am - 12.30pm
Wimbledon Community Showcase (sponsored by Wimbledon Civic Forum and the YMCA)
YMCA, Wimbledon Broadway

If you are with a community group who see themselves as ‘the heart and soul of the Town Centre’ and want to take part in planning our future Town Centre, then get in touch with Leigh at  We hope to have about 20 groups take part (£10 per table, to cover costs).  The event will be open to the public and is non-partisan. See the invite HERE.

Wed 17th June  1-5pm
Speak Up
Outside of Parliament

Join the Climate Coalition to ask the new parliament to make climate change a priority, in advance of the important Paris climate meeting in November. Meetings with MPs from 1-4pm. Final rally at 4.30pm. More details and register 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 Keith, Nick and friends for some gardening. Also workshops on cookery and healthy living. For more information, contact or call Keith at 07982 721 496

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