Capital Growth is a partnership initiative between London Food Link, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund. It is championed by the Chair of the London Food Board Rosie Boycott and supported the creation of 2012 new community food growing spaces across London by the end of 2012.
The Carbon Trust provides guidance on cutting companies’ carbon footprints and tax-free loans to improve energy efficiency.
Dig Merton is all about community food and plant growing in the borough, and the projects contributing to it are ‘run by the community for the community’. If you are keen to get involved in community growing projects or would like to start one of your own, this is the site for you!
The Energy Saving Trust has a host of information on energy efficiency for householders.
The Environment Agency is the government body charged with protecting and improving the environment of England and Wales. It issues permits for regulated business activities and prosecutes environmental offences.
The What’s in your Backyard? feature on its website allows the public to find out the flood risk to their homes, emissions from local industries and nearby pollution incidents.
Lawyer Polly Higgins’ campaign for ecocide – the extensive destruction of a major habitat – to be made a crime.
The website gives information about Fairtrade in Merton.
Foodcycle brings together volunteers, surplus food and free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in the UK and positive social change.
Don’t throw it away – give it away! Join this network of local groups to give away unwanted items that still have some useful life left in them and find things that you need to!
A get-together for people interested in what is happening in the local green scene. It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and plan how to make Wimbledon and a healthier, happier and more sustainable place.
Groundwork has almost thirty years’ experience delivering projects to deliver a more sustainable future and support communities in need. We worked closely with them on the Wandle Valley Low Carbon Zone project.
Holy Trinity Church in South Wimbledon maintains a regularly-updated section on their website dedicated to local environmental activities.
In Kind Direct redistribute products donated from companies to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
A FREE health improvement service helping you work towards living a healthier lifestyle.
The LWLPS is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and aims to deliver a series of improvement projects along the whole length of the River Wandle.
London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces.
Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign to stop the UK wasting 7.2 million tonnes of food each year. The website contains facts about food waste and the cost to each person. The webiste also contains information about portion sizes and planning, recipes, tips on saving money and time, how to store food in the correct way and about date labels on food.
A campaign run by Merton Council to boost the positive work they do with residents, community groups, businesses and schools to tackle litter in the borough. Sign the pledge and win £100!
Situated in the suburbs of Morden, this small community project aims to bring communities together by applying Permacuture ethics and principles to create examples of efficient and productive natural gardens without the use of chemical based pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.
The Greening Business project is free of charge for eligible businesses that will review your environmental performance and draw up an action plan to help you move forward and support you in implementing any changes.
In 2003, Merton Council famously pioneered the requiement for new, non-residential buildings over 1000 square metres to include enough renewable energy generation to provide at least 10% of its predicted energy demand. The idea spread across the UK, becoming known as the Merton Rule.
MCC is working towards making cycling safer and more enjoyable in Merton and it’s aims are:
raising awareness of cycling issues
- campaigning to improve conditions for cyclists
- providing a range of services for members
The website is useful to find out about the latest campaigns, how to report a pothole and other information.
Merton Green Parents is the perfect group for people who want to make their parenting journey a more sustainable one.
A scheme run by Merton Council to encourage Merton residents to recycle more, by offering cash prizes. Sustainable Merton have been working closely with the Recycling Team to promote the campaign.
Volunteering is the third largest sector in our economy. In Merton over 40,000 people volunteer. MVSC provides information, advice and news about volunteering in the borough.
The Mitcham Common Conservators have been managing the Common since 1891, empowered by an Act of Parliament.
The National Citizen Service with The Challenge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 – 17 year olds in England to help build skills for work and life whilst taking on challenges and meeting new friends. The national charity aims to bring together local people across all generations, ethnic groups and incomes to build a stronger community.
National Trust owned property Morden Hall Park has the renovated 19th century Stable Yard that is the most energy efficient historic building in the country.
Join us on Wednesdays to help take care of the community garden run by Sustainable Merton as part of the Dig Merton Project.
Project Dirt is a networking tool set up by two friends to help make green living easier. The site provides individuals, community groups, companies, organisations and the government (mainly local authorities) a platform to come together and work on tangible green projects. You can learn more about the about the site here.
Sustainable Merton and hundreds of people and organisations maintain a presence there.
The Soil Association aims to create a better world – one where we farm responsibly, eat healthily and live in balance with the environment.
The SLBI have a beautiful botanical garden and run a wide range of courses, workshops and events for all ages.
An Aladdin’s cave supplying all sorts materials for art, craft and play to schools, nurseries and all groups with limited funding.
SRA is a not for profit organisation that is helping restaurants to become more sustainable and for diners to chose more sustainable restaurants when eating out. You can search for local restaurants or those around the country and have a look at their campaigns.
A charity encouraging and enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their everyday journeys. Check out their Connect London campaign to add 1000km of joined up cycle routes around London.
Tools Shed ‘tools for schools’ recycling project finds new homes for old tools once they have been repaired at local HM prisons. The nearest collection point for Merton residents is Capital Garden’s Neals Nursery Garden Centre in Wandsworth.
A free site for tradesmen to list spare materials. Don’t skip it, list it!
Transition Network is the epicentre of all things Transition Towns. Its role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.
The Wandle Trust was founded in 2000 to restore and maintain the River Wandle, which flows through Merton to the Thames.
Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for those who shares a passion for the Wandle.
Global Action Plan partnered with the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, to uncover ways we can help consumers make better choices, and save them money, which resulted in the publishing of the report: ‘Watts in the Home: the role that efficient appliances can play in reducing our energy needs’.
Find all the latest news from the Merton Group of the London Wildlife Trust via our newsletter archive.
It is a UK company that is helping families to become greener and has an online shop where you can buy environmentally friendly products.
Wimbledon Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday, 10:00 to 13:00, at Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, off Durnsford Road, London, SW19 8EJ. It has become a firm local favourite, with around twenty stalls each week, selling a wide variety of top-notch produce.
Emergency food for local people in crisis.