2021 Highlights: FOOD

Reducing Food Waste and Feeding our Community

People and businesses are becoming more aware of food waste and they want to do something about it. At the same time, many local charities have established valued growing spaces which greatly contribute to community wellbeing and reduce food miles for the benefit of people and the planet. Our work under the theme of Food is no exception!

In 2021, Merton’s Community Fridge significantly contributed to reducing local food poverty and waste thanks to our incredible team of 30 Fridge Friends. Throughout the year, we had 2,000 visits to our Community Fridge and stopped 10,000 Kg of surplus food from going to waste. We also welcomed many new volunteers for whom the fridge is of great wellbeing value.

To help Merton residents reduce food waste, our Community Champions also created numerous resources including recipe cards and blogs on Food Waste and Covid and Simple Steps to Reduce Food Waste.

Community Gardening

Spotlight Garden Open Day at Mitcham Community Orchard & Gardens

Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens served as a haven for many during lockdown and underwent a wonderful transformation this year. After 12 monthly action days, the space has been rejuvenated and restored, worthy of its selection as Capital Growth's Spotlight Garden of the month for November, which culminated in our Spotlight Garden Open Day event. We welcomed people from the gardening community, Merton residents and our volunteers to share with them the garden with the aim to encourage more people to come and enjoy this wonderful oasis. The day included tours around the garden, bulb planting and much discussion around the importance of community gardens to both the environment and the local community following on from COP26. The Mayor of Merton, Cllr Michael Brunt, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Edith Macauley (pictured below with Sustainable Merton Community Champions, Genevieve Escudier and Emily Sutton, and Sustainable Merton Pro