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The 19th century stable yard

The 19th century stable yard
NTPL Zoë Colbeck

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Six weeks of inspiration!

Sorry we've been quiet lately - it's not that nothing's happening, it's that too much is happening! Here are a few highlights from recent weeks, when we've been getting inspiration from other places, as well as giving it to others here at Morden Hall Park.

Zoë C and Caroline braved the snow to meet the Livinggreen Project partners in Paris, managing a quick visit to another beautiful renovated building (almost as beautiful as our stable yard) whilst there - the Musee d'Orsay in an old railway station: Musee d'Orsay, Paris (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

Caroline then went off on holiday to Costa Rica and amused fellow travellers by taking photos of all the recycling bins - they have some very fine specimens there, like this one which doubles up as a bus stop: Recycling bins in Costa Rica (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

Zoë A meanwhile was getting her own inspiration having been invited to try out the new "Warner Brothers Studio Tour - the Making of Harry Potter":

Back in the real world of Morden we marked Climate Week (12-16 March) by hosting a focus group run by Sustainable Merton and the London Sustainability Exchange as part of their "Energise Merton" project - a group of local residents were taken on an inspirational tour of the stable yard then asked their views on what would encourage them to make energy-saving changes to their homes:

Tom Walsh, Coordinator of Sustainable Merton, leading a tour of the stable yard (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)

Then last week we were off to our stand at Ecobuild, the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment - in the ExCeL Centre in the Docklands. We spoke to over 600 people during the 3-day event and people seemed excited to learn about the inspirational centre created by the National Trust here in Morden.

Vera from Delft University (one of our Livinggreen Project Partners) visits the National Trust stand (NTPL/Ting Plaskett)

We hope you'll come and visit the stable yard for some inspiration soon!

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