Chris Baines gives the second Transition Wilmslow Lecture

We were delighted to host Professor Chris Baines at the Wilmslow Guild on 24th November. He gave a beautifully illustrated talk on wildlife gardening, green infrastructure and its importance in our towns and cities. We followed up with a workshop on green infrastructure  hosted by John Handley with Nerys Jones and Chris, where we discussed how we could improve green infrastructure within the Neighbourhood Plan. We have another brilliant speaker for our third lecture in 2018, so watch this space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Award-winning Community Garden!

Transition Wilmslow is thrilled to have won an award in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ category from the Britain in Bloom judges – Level Four ‘Thriving’!

Our community garden at The Temp, off Gravel Lane, Wilmslow, has grown from a small orchard of ten apple trees and one cherry tree to our current nine raised beds with great growing capacity for vegetable crops.  When the RHS judges visited in late Summer the Garden was at its best with a large variety of healthy vegetables ready for picking.   We now have a great educational facility to show people how to grow vegetables, encouraging them to go home and grow their own. This very much fits in with our aim of tending towards sustainability at a local level and of promoting a healthy lifestyle.  Read more here

Interested in getting involved? Contact us at transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

Tree Walk on Wilmslow Common

IMG_2094The weather was kind on Sunday for our second Transition Wilmslow Tree Walk. This time we were exploring Wilmslow Common, a designated SSI, and lowland wet heath, a now uncommon landscape in the British Isles.

Turnout was excellent, about twenty five people, and while Chris shared his expertise about the trees, Heather explained the historic presence, or not, of trees on this site by explaining its human habitation from prehistory  to the Gypsy fairs and todays designated green space.

The presence and culling of trees on the Common has been a contentious issue locally of late. While the Town Tree Walk revealed over 30 varieties of tree, the Common revealed less than 10. The majority of these being Silver Birch, followed by Oak. Chris explained that these are pioneer trees, all self seeded. A photograph of the Common taken in the 1930’s show no trees whatsoever, a state that would have existed since its first inhabitants millennia back. The trees on the Common have seeded themselves since the second world war.

We Learned much from Chris about identifying trees, issues around their safety and management in different environments, and their importance in supporting wildlife and insects.

We hopefully all came to an understanding of some of the issues involved in the management of this precious Site of Special Scientific Interest, Wilmslows very own Common.

 

Fulshaw WI discover Lindow Moss!

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Bog Asphodel on Lindow Moss: Photo Pauline Handley

Twelve members of Fulshaw WI were taken on an absorbing, guided, ecology walk around Lindow Common and Lindow Moss in Wilmslow. John Handley of Transition Wilmslow gave them a very comprehensive sequence of ‘mini-talks’ as they walked around this ancient landscape. They heard about moss rooms, old peat cuttings recolonised by alder, damage caused by on going peat extraction and plans for  the restoration of this beautiful ancient lowland bog. They were shown the very important burial site of Lindow man who was sacrificed over 2,000 years ago. Members were astonished to learn that the thousands of old pine tree stumps littered over the cut peat were at least 4,500 years old. The walk was very well received by WI members. 

You may know that the Federation of Cheshire WI’s is taking a great interest in Cheshire’s Meres and Mosses as part of their Climate Change work. We all await with interest the next iteration of the planning process and remain hopeful that the Moss will eventually be restored.

More photos on our Lindow Moss page.

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan

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6. Variety of plants near a small bog pool: In areas where peat cutting has been relaxed, mire vegetation including the characteristic cotton grass is able to re-establish and the bog begins again to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan (http://wilmslownp.org.uk) Emerging Policies Document is out for consultation until 30 September. Transition Wilmslow held an open meeting in July to formulate a collective response to the consultation and our document is here Transition Wilmslow Reponse to Neighbourhood Plan 2017 

Whatever your views, please do respond to the consultation on line at http://wilmslownp.org.uk