One Planet Sutton inspires creativity


Credit Andrew Brown

Credit Andrew Brown


This year’s Imagine Festival which started in mid-September is now well underway. The events, taking inspiration from One Planet Sutton, have seen giant butterflies pass through Sutton High Street, children hunting down clues to stop climate change and some of London’s best musicians performing songs inspired by the natural world for both young and old. If you haven’t had a chance to take part in any events, do not worry, there are still another two weeks before the festivals finale on November 2nd at The Brook, where EcoBeats are showcasing their film and creative music project.

On Saturday 25th October you can help build a living willow sculpture at Sutton Life Centre, on Monday 27th join the cast of A Rubbish Lunch Break and have fun turning rubbish into puppets, and on Saturday 1st November at All Saints Church the Guest House Opera will be performing a concert of reflecting the ongoing cycle of life.

You can find the full listing of exciting events in the brochure or on the Sutton Theatre’s website.

Calling all Sutton Community Groups!

Are you a Sutton based community group?

One Planet Sutton

If so, you can book a free workshop to:

  • Discover what One Planet Living is all about,
  • Find out how to save money and energy at home,
  • Learn about eco-footprinting, and
  • Hear about local environmental projects.

Sutton based environmental charity EcoLocal have a limited number of talks for local organisations who want to learn a bit more about sustainability in the borough. These will be offered on a first come, first served basis from September 2014 to July 2015.

The one hour workshops are interaction and will generate plenty of discussion and ideas. They can be held at your usual venue during one of your usual meetings, or you can organise a special meeting for your group. EcoLocal will provide the speaker and projector, you just need to provide the venue, tables, chairs and screen or white wall to project onto.

To book a free talk for your group or to find out more, email or call 020 8770 6611.


IMAGINE a One Planet Sutton


This year, Sutton’s IMAGINE festival of the arts is themed ‘One Planet Sutton’ and we couldn’t be more excited! There are over 40 events taking place between the 13th September and the 2nd November and they will all be creatively imagining a more sustainable world.


Over the festival there will be exhibitions, a rusty orchestra, culture cycle tours, recycled puppet workshops, an eco themed poetry slam, drama workshops and much more: spread right across the borough and at a venue near you!

The festival kicks off on Saturday 13th September on Sutton High Street. Come along between 12pm and 3pm where there will be live music, drumming and craft workshops, giant butterfly stilt walkers and hedgemen living statues, plus lots more!

Sutton HEAT – training volunteers in energy saving skills to help local residents save money on fuel bills.

This project is lead by BioRegional and will be delivered by community draughtbusting team Action on Energy.

It will focus on addressing fuel poverty, working closely with local voluntary and social care organisations with a view to supporting vulnerable households to stay warm over the winter and help reduce their energy bills.

The projects is funded by the Cabinet Office and Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Community Energy Peer Mentoring Fund.


Would you like to volunteer?

Volunteers will learn how to either:
•    carry out simple home energy audits and offer advice on saving energy and reducing bills, OR
•    deliver energy-saving measures to low income families across Sutton.


To find out more contact:

Matthew on 020 8404 4889 or

Sibylle on 07892 792 944



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Free Dr. Bike events across Sutton this summer

Bike-smallIs your bike looking a little tired and neglected? Summer is on the way and in Sutton, June is Sustainable Transport month. Why not take the opportunity to give your bike a bit of love and attention and bring it along to a free Dr. Bike session, being run throughout the borough.

Dr. Bike sessions offer free check ups for bikes, maintenance advice, police bike marking, free local cycle guides and information on free cycle training from Sutton Council.

If you have a bike you want checked out then come and see the Dr. Bike team who will be at the following places from 4pm until 7pm this June:

Worcester Park, Central Road – Wednesday 4th June

Wallington, Woodcote Road – Thursday 5th June

Cheam Village – Tuesday 10th June

Carshalton Village – Wednesday 11th June

St. Helier, opp hospital – Wednesday 18th June

Sutton High Street – Wednesday 25th June

For more information please contact or click here for the full list of events.

Nine new trees for Hackbridge

Today marks an exciting point in the Heart of Hackbridge project that for the past 4 months has been mainly focused on constructing the new layout of Hackbridge Corner. Today however, the nine semi-mature trees were planted, adding greenery and life to the new public realm.

Trees arriving on site

The three hornbeam and six flowering cherry trees are a key feature of the new design which aims to make the junction a more attractive and pedestrian friendly space, as well as having space for nature. 

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The trees mark the beginning of the end of the project, as over the next month work will be focused on the finishing touches such as the final surfacing, road resurfacing and street furniture.

The Big Pedal 2014: Let’s get Sutton pedalling!

The Big Pedal 2014, starting today, encourages schools to get their pupils walking, cycling, ‘scooting’ or catching the bus to school – spreading fun, health and congestion benefits. big pedal

Schools are invited to enter their daily total eligible journeys, competing for trophies and prizes. On one day, pupils are even encouraged to dress as their favourite superhero.

The Big Pedal is launched as a report warns of the environmental damage caused by 1,760,000 children being driven to school every day. The average pupil lives just 1.8 miles from school, an easy walk, cycle or scoot – which also wakes their brains up ready for the school day!

Sustrans calculated that if a child is driven to school every day of their education, they would contribute 183,379 balloons of CO2 to our already huge carbon footprint. Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive at Sustrans said: “Driving to school not only contributes to UK-wide air pollution levels, it also causes pollution at the school gates which can be harmful for children”.

More than 1,520 schools have signed up to take part in The Big Pedal 2014 – so come on Sutton schools – let’s show the rest of the country how to do it!

Sign up here:

Sutton renews ‘One Planet Sutton’ pledge

Last week Sutton Council announced new targets for its ‘One Planet Sutton’ Plan which aims to give residents a better quality of life and boost the local economy while radically reducing the borough’s negative impact on the environment.One Planet Sutton launch 1

Last Wednesday, over 70 of the Council’s partners in the private, voluntary and public sectors (including police, health and housing) heard more about the One Planet Sutton vision and shared their ideas on how they will work with the Council to achieve it.

The new targets build on Sutton’s first sustainability plan, which was launched in 2009 when Sutton became the first One Planet borough. Working with local partners and community groups is a key part of One Planet Sutton. The plan was developed with international sustainability charity BioRegional which is based in the borough, and the targets have been agreed with local stakeholders following wide ranging consultation.
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Since the One Planet Sutton plan was launched in the borough, Sutton has achieved the following:

• Carbon emissions have been cut by 19%.
• There has been a year on year reduction in waste produce per household.
• 500,000 bulbs and 1,000 trees have been planted.
• Westcroft Leisure Centre has been refurbished.
• Over 800 start-up businesses have been attracted to the borough.

See a film of One Planet progress here.

With the new targets, the Council will achieve the following:

• Sutton’s emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide are due to fall rapidly with an aspiration to be a zero carbon borough by 2025. Space for wildlife and for growing food within the borough will grow, and recycling will increase.
• Unemployment will fall, particularly among younger people, and there will be more jobs in businesses which are part of the green economy.
• Homes will use less energy and be better protected against flooding.
• Sutton residents will make more use of environmentally friendly forms of transport such as walking, cycling, public transport and greener cars.
• The Council will be more responsive to local people. Residents will be more confident that the Council is listening to their views and taking their concerns on board when making decisions.

As part of the Council’s pledge to keep stakeholders informed about the work it does to support people who live and work in Sutton, attendees at the One Planet Sutton event were also presented with the results of a recent borough wide resident survey. The results show that the vast majority of residents (91%) are satisfied with their local area, and nine in ten think that their local area is cohesive.
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The Council will use the results to continue to improve services and meet the aims of One Planet Sutton.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“Sutton became the first One Planet borough in 2009 and is one of only a few councils to achieve this status.

“I’m delighted to announce our new targets and we remain committed to working with all our partners to develop high-quality services for our residents and local businesses, whilst continuing to do all we can to tackle climate change and other environmental problems.

“By working together we will achieve our ambitious vision and make Sutton an even better place to live and work.”

BioRegional’s Chief Executive Sue Riddlestone said:

“I’m proud that we have worked with Sutton Council for 20 years. This new plan takes us up a level. It’s a bold plan that is easy, attractive and affordable for residents to live within their fair share of the earth’s capacity.

“That’s why we have endorsed this as a One Planet Plan. I congratulate Sutton Council for committing to this, and especially for sticking to its principles during this period of austerity.”

Click here to calculate your Ecological Footprint and click here to pledge to reduce it.

Disruption during Heart of Hackbridge work

photoweb Work is progressing in the Heart of Hackbridge scheme which will soon see Hackbridge Corner a much more pleasant and safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. During this period of construction, we cannot prevent all disruptions to users of the area but want to ensure people can still get around safely and access all services. Sutton Council, who is managing this phase of work, and contractors RJ Dance, are ensuring that the safety of all users is carefully considered throughout the construction.

Mike Francis, Implementation Project Manager from Sutton Council, says “Construction of the Heart of Hackbridge scheme is complicated by the various demands placed on the highway by all users. The safety of the travelling public, including pedestrians as well as the construction operatives carrying out the works is paramount. In this case, there is no appropriate location to install a controlled pedestrian crossing across Hackbridge Road and so additional guard railing has been used to direct pedestrians to a safer place to cross the road. As works progress, the calming effect of the scheme will enable the crossing of this road to become easier – as is the intent of the final scheme – and LBS appreciate not only your comments during this phase, but also your understanding during these works.”

If you have any further questions, please contact Sally Blomfield, Area Renewal Programme Manager for Sutton Council, on 020 8770 4185.

Get £500 to £5,000 to create a community site

With Grow Wild you could get between £500 and £5,000 to create a community site in your local area.

grow wildKew Gardens are looking for local groups and organisations across the UK to come forward with exciting and inspirational ideas to give neglected and uncared-for sites and spaces a new lease of life. They’re particularly interested in hearing great ideas from groups of young people.

Any local community or voluntary group is eligible.

grow wild_2If you have a BIG idea, you could apply for up to £120,000 to transform a space into one of their flagship spaces. They’re looking for local groups and organisations to team up and let their imaginations soar – transforming dull and disused spaces or a neglected location into somewhere colourful, exciting, and playful yet practical, that everyone can enjoy.

Find out more information at