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!
After another fabulous walk on the Moss, this time with our friends the Lindow Rainbows, their leader Ella has written up a piece about Transition Wilmslow in the Wilmslow Guardian: click here
Fame at last! Thank you Garry and Ella!
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.
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
We are showing this multi-award winning film in Wilmslow at The Old Dancer with a hot chilli supper (vegetarian options available) on Thursday 18th January (supper from 7pm, film from 8pm, tickets including supper and the film £12; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tomorrow-the-film-with-chilli-supper-tickets-38035335713?utm_term=eventurl_text
Recently 5th Wilmslow Beavers have enjoyed two sessions harvesting vegetables that they planted in the Spring. This took place in Transition Wilmslow’s community garden in the park known as The Temp, Gravel Lane. The first session saw the boys digging up the first of their new potatoes. “Cooks” were appointed from the group and, while the rest played rounders, the potatoes were boiled over a log fire. Everyone was able to taste their produce before going home. The photos show Beavers digging up their potatoes and then cooking them.
The second session was to harvest the rest of the crop, about 10 kg, and 60 to 80 carrots; all of which was distributed among the group. This experience of following the process of growing your own has been a marvellous experience for the children. Please let us know if you would like to help us encourage young people into food growing, we welcome helpers, however much or little time you have to spare.
It’s not often that the subject of a Transition Wilmslow lecture makes the national press, but our first Transition Lecture, given by Derek Whyte from Preston City Council last year, described the way Preston have been working with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES, based at Manchester University) to develop a local economy for social good. By bringing together local anchor organisations (NHS, Police, Fire Service, social services and business) the City Council is able to procure collectively on a very large scale, and aims to procure locally as much as possible to encourage local jobs and businesses. It was good to see this featured in the press this week (http://www.citymetric.com/politics/could-preston-provide-new-economic-model-britain-s-cities-3243). The economy is central to the Transition Town movement…the ReEconomy project is a series of locally based initiatives to develop sustainable communities which are more resilient and focussed on wellbeing and equality. You can read more about this at www.reconomy.org
This year’s Transition Wilmslow Lecture will be Professor Chris Baines on Wildlife Gardening and the Wider Green Landscape, Friday November 24th at the Guild. Booking link via our diary page.