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Loving Earth:
A legacy of lockdown


The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people in different ways. As well as suffering, sorrow, fear, loneliness, hard work for many, it's also been a time to reflect on how we relate to our environment and how we could do things differently in future.

During this unique time in our history, we invited Merton residents to join our Loving Earth: A Legacy of Lockdown community textile project, in partnership with the Loving Earth Project. 

The project supported people with their wellbeing during these challenging times, building a sense of community and offering a creative outlet for many. People of all abilities were asked to create a textile panel that captures their feelings towards the environment, with a vision for a better, more sustainable future, and to share their personal story behind it.

As well as being displayed as part of Sustainable Merton's Summer 2021 exhibition at Centre Court Shopping centre, Wimbledon, the panels will also travel as part of the Loving Earth Project's international exhibition and return to form a lasting legacy in Merton.

View the complete collection at


Tutorials & Resources

Introduction to the Loving Earth Project

Linda Murgatroyd, Founder of the Loving Earth Project and clerk of the Quaker Arts Network, gives an introduction to the project.

8 minutes

Loving Earth Guided Meditation

A guided meditation produced for the Loving Earth Project and Sustainable Merton

11 minutes

Textile Videos

Loving Earth Project workshop leader and artist, Lottie Percival, has made a series of creative tutorials to inspire makers working on their Loving Earth Project panels. 

These educational workshops guide panel makers through many exciting and sustainable textile techniques they can use to create their designs.

Printmaking at home

A Loving Earth Project tutorial on printmaking at home, focusing on potato printing. Created by Lottie Percival.

4 minutes

Loving Earth Project

The Loving Earth Project, founded by Merton resident Linda Murgatroyd, is a new community project that celebrates people, places, creatures and other things we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. The project aims to help people engage with the challenges issues of the Climate Crisis by making connections between one place, person, thing they love, how their own actions might be threatening its future, and how they might become part of the solution instead.

Find out more at


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A big thank you to everyone who visited our exhibition, including the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Michael Brunt (left).


In partnership with the Loving Earth Project and Centre Court Shopping.

Generously supported by Merton Giving.

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