Fulshaw WI discover Lindow Moss!

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



Tomorrow The Film is coming to Wilmslow!

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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


Harvest what you sow!

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. IMG_2089


Transition Wilmslow Lectures

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.



An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

While climate change may not seem much of an issue to us in Wilmslow (as we write, it is August and pouring with rain) but anyone who has been to Italy or Greece this year knows it has been incredibly hot….the heatwave dubbed “Lucifer” has already claimed lives, the United States is having its worst drought in 56 years and the world has seen some of the highest temperatures ever recorded this year. This is climate change. Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is in cinemas across the UK on Friday 11th August 7.15pm (including Curzon Knutsford and cinemas in Altrincham and East Didsbury) with a live Q&A with Al Gore; and the film will be across the UK from August 18th. Go….and take a climate denier with you if you can! We’d be interested to know what you think

Women’s Institute join Transition Wilmslow in raising Climate Change Awareness

CFWI Climate Change Week of Action in Cheshire: Cheshire Meres & Mosses

Over the last 5 years, Transition Wilmslow has been raising awareness of Lindow Moss, where peat cutting still continues, as a potential carbon sink and a site of extraordinary archeological, historical and ecological interest, as well as a place of exercise and recreation.  We have run workshops, walks and study days to raise awareness of the Moss, and we are delighted that the WI have recognised the importance of Cheshire Meres and Mosses.

Photos have been submitted to the WI by Pauline Handley and Jean Hill. WICCA Image 2

Fossilized pine roots: From around 6,000 years ago pine trees were able to colonise the surface of the mire and the pine woodland persisted for 2,000 years until wetter conditions prevented pine regeneration. The pine trunks and roots were preserved beneath a blanket of Sphagnum moss. Today the magnificent ancient pine stumps are trashed and discarded by the peat operator.

A full set of photos are on our Lindow Moss page.