improving health and well being, valuing food and connecting communities through local food growing
As part of Merton's Food Poverty Action Plan, Sustainable Merton aims to increase the use of growing spaces to tackle food poverty by helping residents of all ages to:
Learn more about the food system and where food comes from.
Access, grow and cook fresh, healthy, nutritious food.
Develop new skills in an inclusive, friendly environment.
Get outdoors and feel more connected with their community.
Improve overall health and well-being.
Gardening for health and well being
Food growing is becoming more widely recognised by health professionals and others working towards improving health.
Increasing people’s exposure to, and use of, green spaces has been linked to:
Long-term reductions in overall reported health problems.
Reduced levels of obesity and increased activity.
Higher self-rated mental health and improved self-esteem.
Reductions in depression and anxiety and improved social function.
Weakened effect of income inequalities on health.
Increased intake of fruit and vegetables by children.
Phipps Bridge Community Garden
Phipps Bridge Community Garden is one of Sustainable Merton’s flagship projects and an example of community gardening at its best!
Established in 2008 in collaboration with the National Trust, Merton Abbey Horticultural Society, Merton Council and the local community, our team rescued 4 allotments from disuse and helped bring the rest of the site into use as mini-plots for local residents.
The local community has been involved throughout the project and has contributed their time and skills, as well as donations of recycled wood pallets, compost, tools, and much, much more.
Through regular commitment, our volunteers have transformed this space into a social and productive food growing hub, and the garden now produces an abundance of fruit and veg – up to 750kg per year!
Grow, Taste and Eat for Health and Well Being
We are excited to be working with Cricket Green School at Mitcham Community Orchard as part of our new community gardening initiative - 'Grow, Taste, Eat for Health and Well Being', made possible thanks to a grant from the Wimbledon Foundation’s Community Fund.
The project will bring together school children and their parents to learn about growing fruit and vegetables, taste the food they grow and connect with others for healthier minds and healthier living.
The children we will be working with have a diverse range of learning difficulties and physical challenges. We anticipate that their participation in the project will bring a multitude of benefits to them and their parents/guardians. Overall it will be a new experience for the children in nurturing the growth of living things.
This project is supported by
“One of the Wimbledon Foundation’s principal objectives is to strengthen our local community of Merton and Wandsworth. We hope that the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund will enable local organisations to make a real difference to people’s lives and look forward to seeing how local residents benefit.”
Helen Parker - Head of Wimbledon Foundation