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Help us lead the way to alleviate food poverty and fight food waste in Merton!

What is a Community Fridge? A Community Fridge is essentially just a big fridge, to be located in an accessible, friendly space where individuals and businesses can donate...

Community Fridge


Merton steps up action to fight air pollution & London prepares for global climate strike

This month’s newsletter focuses on Air Quality. All of us are affected by the air we breathe and recent information shows that the air, both outdoors and inside, is often more polluted than we think...

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JULY 2019

Food for thought 🍎 Valuing food for health, well being and the planet 

It's summer and a great time for food! Our focus this month includes community gardening and getting residents of all ages involved - from planting to harvesting, preparing healthy meals, and looking at surplus food and how we...

Grow, Taste, Eat for Health and Well Bei

MAY 2019

Climate emergency and Merton in action for a sustainable future

Last year, we had the shocking no nonsense report from the IPCC telling us we have just 12 years in which to prevent the climate crisis reaching a critical tipping point from which recovery might prove impossible...

Susanna Exctinction Rebellion Climate Cr

MARCH 2019

The Great British Spring Clean is back & Wonky veg is in!

At our forthcoming AGM (see below to book) we will not only be looking back, but looking to the future, at the actions we are taking to address issues around waste, air quality, energy and food...

Mitcham Orchard 23rd Feb 2019


Happy New Year - Looking back at a brilliant 2018! Watch our short 'highlights of the year' video.

Thanks to your support and the amazing work of our Community Champions, 2018 was a whirlwind of local community action.

From launching our #PlasticFreeMerton camp...

Plastic Free Merton, Waste, Wimbledon


£5,000 to be won: Mitcham Orchard needs your votes; Are Bioplastics better?; Warmer Homes grants: Apply now!

The momentum to reduce plastics continues to grow and, in his recent Budget, the Chancellor announced a new tax on packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic...

Plastic Free Merton, Merton Chamber of C


Abundance Fruit Day; What happens to our waste?; Cleaner air for the UK; Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme; Green Drinks!

Sustainable Merton is excited to be taking part in this year's Fruit Day - Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraising event...

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JULY 2018

Emma's row comes to an end - Plastic-free living - Give our trees a drink - Food Poverty Action - Solar Together & more!

Due to unexpected events - dehydration and an impending storm, the Ripple Effect team decided to bring to an end their row...

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MAY 2018

Emma's Great Pacific Race! Taking on plastic pollution one stroke at a time

On 2nd June, Merton resident and Community Champion - Emma, will set sail with her 3 crew mates, as they begin what will be a challenge of a life time...

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MARCH 2018

#PlasticFreeMerton makes a splash in Wimbledon!

Wimbledon Piazza was buzzing with activity on Saturday 24th February, as our mini North Pacific Gyre - home to a mass of plastic and debris 5x the size of North Korea, took centre stage... 



#PlasticFreeMerton - Join the fight against plastic pollution!

We are now producing nearly 300,000,000 tonnes of plastic every year – equivalent to the weight of all of the adults on the planet!...

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The UK's Energy Challenge: Powering our modern lives at a time of climate crisis.

The current climate crisis is one of the biggest threats to our planet that we have ever faced. At such a critical time, we need to pull together and understand the challenges so that we can all act now...

Abundance Fruit Day 2019


Merton's Community Champions are making a difference. And so can you!

The phrases "Giving Back", "Social Capital" and "Volunteering" are common terms - and they often mean different things to different people. In this newsletter, we share with you some varied and amazing stories...

Climate Assembly, Merton Schools

JUNE 2019

It's time to make your pledge for Clean Air Day & Green Geeks inspire sustainable business in Merton

June is here, and what a month! We kick-started with a stall at Morden Hall Park's annual Bioblitz event and there is lots going on in the weeks ahead for all of us to get involved with...

BioBlitz 2019

APRIL 2019

Are you ready for the BIG DIG? And is the future electric for Merton? 

Thank you to all of you who attended our 2019 Annual General Meeting on 14th March. With over 60 people there it was our best attended event ever and I found the talks from our Community Champions absolutely inspiring...

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Digging for cleaner air... Say goodbye to pointless plastic!... Grab your secateurs - it's pruning time at Mitcham Orchard!

I've always believed in partnership working to achieve bigger and better things! Our news this month illustrates the success of these approaches, working with schools to improve...

Cricket Green School, Tree Planting, Air


Christmas is coming... Do your bit to make a difference! Reduce food waste, give to those in need, pass on plastic & much more...

A major report on how the climate could change over the next century has been launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Using the latest science from the Met...

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Food Focus: Wimbledon gets fruity; Join the food sharing revolution; Food Poverty Action; Community Gardening & more!


Levels of need for food assistance in Merton is rising. Families and children are going to bed hungry. Meanwhile, there is an abundance of surplus food that could be put to better use...

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What happens to our waste?; Plastic-Free Book Club; Merton's Air Quality Action Plan; Be Water Wise; Seasonal Recipes; and more!

Debunking the confusing world of recycling:

Our Community Champions go behind the scenes at Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility...

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JUNE 2018

#PlasticFreeMerton, World Oceans Day, Cleaner Air for Merton, Solar Together & more!

On 2nd June, Sustainable Merton's Community Champions celebrated the start of Emma Rogers' Great Pacific Race - an epic 2,400 mile ocean crossing to raise awareness of plastic pollution...

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APRIL 2018

Businesses back a #PlasticFreeMerton!

Our brilliant local businesses are taking great steps and making achievable, sustainable changes to reduce single-use plastics
in the borough...

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#PlasticFreeMerton - City to Ocean: How does your trash travel?

No matter where you live, single-use plastics can travel from your hands to storm drains, rivers, streams and, ultimately, into our oceans - harming marine life and entering our food chain...

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