Upcoming events

Christmas Tree Collections – Monday 6th January to Sunday 26th January

Merton Council will be collecting real trees during these dates for composting. They ask that you please remove all decorations and place your tree at the front of your property by 6am, where it is clearly visible from the road (but not on the pavement). If your tree has not been collected by the 27th January, you will need to complete a Missed Collection Form or, alternatively, please call 020 8272 4902.

Permaculture Picturehouse: The Man Who Stopped the Desert – Tuesday 7th January, Doors Open at 6.45pm, Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Hackney, London E8 4AA (behind the Haggerston Pub)

Described as an “unmissable” film, this documentary tells the story of Yacouba Sawadogo – an illiterate African peasant farmer who has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel by halting the desert and achieving the aim of leading scientists and agriculturalists to bring exhausted soils back into production. He proves that just one person can have a hugely positive impact on their environment.

Permaculture Picturehouse is London’s regular permaculture social event – feature length and short films on subjects from the whole permaculture spectrum of interests, accompanied by talks from people involved in local and national projects. All night bar and delicious locally sourced vegetarian food.

Morden Hall Park Nature Group – Next Meeting: Thursday 16th January, 7.30pm, Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD

Are you keen to find out more about the animals, vegetables and minerals found in Morden Hall Park? Do you want to share your knowledge and love of of lichens, newts, butterflies or beetles with others? Would you like to be involved in nature surveys of the park and work alongside the National Trust to promote good habitat and wildlife management within the park?

If so, why not join the Morden Hall Park Nature Group – a  group of local people who get together to find out more and share knowledge about the natural world in the park.

To suscribe to the group and to find out more about the regular meet ups, please send a blank email to mhpnature-subscribe@lists.riseup.net.

Starting a Farm: Applying for a Tenancy Workshop – Sunday 19th January, 12pm – 6pm, Sutton Community Farm, 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London, SM6 0SH

Sutton Community Farm have teamed up with the Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) to hold a workshop on the first step to starting your own farm… The ‘Applying for a Tenancy‘ workshop is for anyone that wants to start a growing project and is designed to prepare you when tendering for a tenancy. The workshop if FREE but booking is necessary – get your tickets via the SCF Eventbrite page.

Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers Group: Mitcham Walk – Sunday 19th January, 2pm, Starting at Mitcham Junction (at the bus stop beside the bridge)

Take part in this walk starting at Mitcham Junction and continuing on for 3–4 miles around Mitcham’s green spaces to include a visit to the Wandle Industrial Museum by Vestry Hall. The walk finishes at Mitcham tram stop and costs £1.50, which includes refreshments. To find out more, call 07944 833605 or email the group leader – mlnnunzet@gmail.com.

Dig It! – Sunday 2nd February, 11am – 3pm, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

Dig up the past and discover what people left behind in Morden Hall Park over the years in this interactive exhibition of the park’s archaeology. FREE National Trust event.

The Windmill Market – Sunday 9th February, 10am – 2pm, St. Mark’s Church, St. Mark’s Place, Wimbledon, London SW19 7ND

This event marks the start of 2014’s monthly Windmill Market (takes place every 2nd Saturday thereafter) which champions local artisans and producers. Combining a Farmer’s market with a craft market, it offers a variety of products, from fresh breads and cakes to handmade gifts.

For more information, visit the website.

Beekeeping for Beginners – Starting Monday 17th February, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD

This course, run by the Wimbledon Beekeepers’ Association, is designed for those who would like to start beekeeping or those who would like to further their knowledge in this fascinating craft.

The course takes place over a ten week period, with 6 weekly sessions held on Monday evenings (7:30pm – 9:30pm), followed by 4 practical sessions on Sunday mornings in their apiary at Morden Hall.

The total cost is £100.00, which includes refreshments, all course notes and a text book. See the website for more details.

Regular Events

Green Coffee – First Tuesday of the month, 9.30-11am at the Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Road, SW19 1LT

This is a get-together for people interested in environmental and community issues. It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and plan how to make Wimbledon a healthier, happier and more sustainable place. We normally meet up on the first Tuesday of the month and everyone is welcome.For more information, contact Joyce Pountain: joycepoutain@virginmedia.com.

Merton Green Drinks – Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 8pm at the Hand and Racquet, Wimbledon

Green Drinks is a regular, monthly, social meeting for anyone is interested in green or sustainability issues to meet and socialise with other like-minded people. They take place all over London and now there is one in Wimbledon. It is an informal event and everyone is welcome; why not come along and bring a friend? Please look out for our mascot, Graham, a small green, toy, troll; he will be on the table where we are sitting. E-mail: mertongreendrinks@gmail.com

Allotment work – every Wednesday

Volunteers are on site at our community garden on Wednesday mornings from 10am to late lunchtime and by arrangement at weekends. Find out more from garden project co-ordinator Gillian on 07956170141.

Wimbledon Farmers Market – Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ

A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers.

Living Green Centre

Sustainable Merton regularly has volunteers in the National Trust’s Living Green Centre to answer any questions you have about green living and specific technologies.

Rag Rug Making

Come along and 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.

‘Make Your Own Shopping Bag’ Sessions

Anyone can join this friendly group, learn some basic sewing techniques or help others to do so. People can bring along their own fabric or choose from the range of beautiful fabrics there. Bags are made using the Mors Bag template.

If you would like to join, please contact sustainablemerton@googlemail.com.

The Energy Group

This group aims to help people reduce their domestic energy bills. The group has held lectures and a draught proofing session, and has organized visits to homes being upgraded to a high level of energy efficiency. If you would like to find out more, contact richardlangtondavies@gmail.com.

Make a Difference – Second Sunday of the month

This group meets up at a different Colliers Wood location each month from 10am-12 noon. The group plants, trim trees, tidies up plastic bags, does weeding – whatever is needed. For information on where to meet up in subsequent months, see HERE.

The Windmill Market – Second Saturday of the month, St Mark’s Church, behind Wimbledon Library SW19 7ND

This market will showcase local arts, crafts, food and other artisan products. The next market is on 13th July. Entry is £1. If you would like to take a stall or want more information, contact victoria@mumsonthego.co.uk.

Colliers Wood Community Garden, Fridays 10am – 12noon & 2.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am – 12noon at the back of Christ Church hall, 58 Christchurch Road, London SW19 2NY

Join Keith and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact keithaspears@hotmail.com.

Sow and Grow Local, First Thursdays of the month. Salt and Pepper Cafe, 177 Replingham Road, SW18 5LY.

Join Tim for a fun evening talking about how to plan growinf fruit, salads and vegetables in your garden or on your windowsill. Seed swap and lots of tips. Get in touch with your food chain! Cost is £6 per session. Refreshments are available. Find out more by contacting Tim on 07836781498 or email gbfoodcycle@gmail.com.

Free Bicycle Surgeries, Last Sundays of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, 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 louisa.loakes@deencityfarm.co.uk or tel. 020 8543 5300.

Sustainable Merton activities - solar, gardening, stalls and growing vegetables

Start: 30 Nov 2013 10:00
End: 30 Nov 2013 17:00

The Chromahunt is on!

Come and explore where colour comes from in this incredibly successful family event led by Jasmine Popper and Isabelle Southwood. If you’re interested in fashion or art, then this is the perfect way to spend your Saturday and it’s completely free! Chromahunt is an informal workshop for all ages. Explore the possibility of making your own paint. Drop by any time over the day to learn more about where pigments come from and try out some homemade paints, prepared with edible and household materials. We will also be looking at the history of painting materials and pigments, from limited ancient palettes to the purposefully unusual paints of contemporary artists.

We’ll have tote bags you can come and design, but you’re also welcome to bring along clothes/fabrics that you would like to colour with our homemade dyes to take home with you!

Contact name and number/email address:

Invigor8 Mitcham – 8 weeks of pop up creativity
34 Upper Green East (old HSS Hire shop)
Opposite the duck pond