James Ellson emailed TW offering to present a lecture for us. We thought we should meet and visit him first, and enjoy a guided tour of his venture . At our last TW meeting, the best date for those of present and interested seemed to be Sat 4 May, so we have booked 10.30 – 12.30 and paid £60.00 for this. If we fill all 12 places, that’s £5 each. There’s parking for 5 cars, so we can arrange to share lifts.
James describes his venture as ‘a smallholding of several acres that we are developing, where possible, on permaculture principles. There is a vegetable garden, a bee hive, and plenty of bird activity. We make our own marmalade and other jams. We are keen on recycling, and renewable energy. Our aim is a greener, more self-sufficient way of life’. So as you can see very much in keeping with our area of interest.
If there’s enough interest perhaps we could plan a walk and a picnic afterwards. Do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you’d like to come.
Repair Cafe: would you like to attend a repair cafe? Would you be able to share your repairing skills? We are organising a repair cafe at St Chad’s in Handforth on Saturday October 9th 10.30-1 pm during International Repair Cafe week and would love to hear from anyone who would like to participate or has suggestions as to how to make it as successful as possible.
Plastic Free Wilmslow:
The PFW group continue to work towards Plastic Free Community status. This involves working through a portfolio of commitments to reduce single use plastics, mainly from businesses. If you would like to get involved, or if you can suggest businesses that might be interested in pledging to reduce single use plastics, contact email@example.com
Thursday March 21st
7.30, Friends Meeting House. Bourne St. Wilmslow.
At this meeting, we will be hosting the steering committee of the Wilmslow Community Shop project who will talk about what it means to be a zero waste shop, about the co-operative model and bringing about sociocracy.
There will also be a collection for Surfers against Sewage, the charity which is responsible for the plastic-free communities network
Everyone is welcome.
The 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.