Merton Council, with ten other partners, has launched a project aimed at helping people set up small businesses in the environmental sector.

The Green Seeds project was funded by the Government Office for London, to identify green business opportunities across the capital and Merton took the lead by heading a case study in the Wandle Valley.

The case study was designed to demonstrate real examples of potential green businesses, and to identify strategies and a suggested programme for assisting green businesses and further support greater growth in the green business sector.

The outcome of the Wandle Valley case study is a report called Green Seeds, launched at South Bank University on 9 May.

Green Seeds includes analysis and outline business plans for ten potential waste and transport businesses and a guide to using the plans. The suggestions include home and community composting services, packaging design and a local delivery scheme using bikes and trailers. There is also a database of all the contacts and sources used to compile the report.

A copy of the booklet can be obtained from Sue Tanton, Environmental Services, London Borough of Merton. Or call 020 8545 3822, or email at
The report can be accessed at