12:00pm Monday 22nd April 2013
By James Pepper
A bike hire and new tool sharing scheme are among the environmentally friendly ideas to come out of a new cafe workshop.
An Ideas Café in Hackbridge looked at how to improve the quality of life in Sutton and make the borough greener.
The café, held in the BedZED eco-village on 18 April, forms part of competition called The Sutton Community Challenge.
Neighbourhoods have been asked to create a project that will improve their environment and reduce our ecological footprint.
Speaking at January’s launch, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said: "Sutton’s residents are bristling with ideas - this is their chance to put them into practice.
"It’s a fantastic opportunity to get the support and advice needed to implement them."
The ideas explored at the café included a tool-share scheme in which people borrow tools rather than buy their own and a green gym to get people more active outdoors.
Ten silver award winners will travel around Sutton in a summer roadshow, giving residents an opportunity to vote for their favourite idea.
The three most popular projects will then benefit from free support and coaching to take their projects off the drawing board and into reality.
The One Planet Sutton Community Challenge is being run by BioRegional, based in the BedZED eco-village, with funding from the City Bridge Trust.
Entries must be in to oneplanetsutton.org/communitychallenge by Monday, April 29.
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