Dig Merton is calling on all green-fingered enthusiasts and members of the community to get digging at its first project on Saturday 29 March in Wimbledon.
With pilot projects planned across the borough, Dig Merton is a new community food and plant growing scheme in Merton set up by organisations including Sustainable Merton, Merton Council, Circle Housing, Merton Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, the May Project and others. Anyone who is interested in getting involved in community food and plant growing projects is welcome to come along to the first pilot project at De Burgh Road in Wimbledon at 2pm on Saturday 29 March where the team will be planting fruit trees, including apple trees, and some colourful bedding plants within a small open space that is a popular cut-through area in the local neighbourhood.
There will also be an opportunity to speak to the Dig Merton team on the day about how to get involved in future projects which will be taking place in the coming months at various sites across the borough.
Sustainable Merton’s Tom Walsh said: “There are already a few movers and shakers in Merton turning their green fingers to good work for the community and they are getting involved in planting fruit, vegetables and wild flowers on public land across the borough. We know that there are people who really want to get involved in these types of projects and Dig Merton is a great way to get started.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Merton has a great tradition of gardening and Dig Merton aims to start greening those parts of our borough that are neglected or bare. This is a partnership project that aims to be community driven, involving people of many different groups as well as individuals, united by a common ambition – to make Merton a green borough as part of a green city.
“Community food and plant growing is a great way to make the most of unused sites and I look forward to seeing new projects starting around Merton. I would encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the Dig Merton projects that are coming up and get digging with your local community. Everyone’s welcome to Dig Merton!”
To keep up to date with the latest Dig Merton projects and to find out how you can get involved, contact Sustainable Merton on 020 3417 0476 and leave a message or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/digmerton. You can also keep up to date with the scheme by liking Dig Merton on Facebook.
Date: Saturday 29 March
Venue: De Burgh Road, Wimbledon