Coordinating local food growing projects

Sustainable Merton has its presence at the Phipps Bridge Allotments, and runs food growing projects in local schools.

We have also planted apple trees on Wimbledon Hill Road and at Morden Hall Park.

Sustainable Merton has been the ‘local lead’ for food-growing projects under the Mayor of London’s Capital Growth scheme. There are currently 38 food-growing spaces in the borough, and we are encouraging and facilitating more to be set up.

Handing out free seed packets

Handing out free seed packets

On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April 2012 we gave away over 50 packets of free salad seeds outside Merton tube stations, to encourage local residents to grow their own food. Seeds were given out at Morden, South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon Park stations.

We also gave out around 200 leaflets telling people more about Sustainable Merton’s community gardens and about our Capital Growth role in encouraging more food growing spaces to be set up – the aim is to set up 2,012 spaces in London by the end of this year. People passing through the four stations seemed happy to be given the free seeds and excited about the prospect of starting to grow their own food.

Sustainable Merton has also awarded prizes to two local schools for their outstanding food growing gardens. Singlegate Primary School in Colliers Wood and Popular Primary School in Morden won garden centre vouchers for their food growing gardens.