Volunteers at Community Garden

Many thanks to young people from the National Citizen Service who came down to Transition Wilmslow’s Community Garden on Friday.  Their help was invaluable – weeding and spreading a new layer of woodchip to suppress further weed growth. It was hard work but made great fun by their enthusiasm.  Their work has made a significant contribution to preparation for our entry in Wilmslow in Bloom  – soon to be judged!

 

The volunteers are running a fund raising quiz on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at the Carter’s Arms in Wilmslow, 5pm.  They would appreciate your support.

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Foraging Day

In early June, James Wood, an avid and knowledgeable forager, was invited back by Transition Wilmslow to guide enthusiastic participants in a foraging journey through Carrs Park. The event was open to adults and children interested in learning about the variety of wild, edible and useful plants growing in the local environment. Everyone had the opportunity to see, touch and taste the plants, with James providing details on how to identify edible vs. non-edible varieties. The novice and experienced foragers tasted a wide selection of in-season plants such as cow’s parsley, shoots from the trunk of linden trees, pineapple weed, bulrush stalks, fireweed, pine pollen, to name just a few.

James also shared his creative ideas for recipes, using the plants to make jams, cordials, syrups, soups, flavoured salts, fermentations, crisps, cake decorations, teas and a whole lot more. With wild garlic coming to the end of its season, James shared his homemade wild garlic cream cheese and other spreads flavoured with foraged plants with the participants in a picnic finale.

The next foraging event, now becoming a season staple, is in plan for the 3rd of November.  Check the Transition Wilmslow diary for details as we get closer to the event date.

Macc-tastic, Less Plastic!

If you are planning to be in Macclesfield for the Barnaby Festival do check out this event on Sunday 24th June 2018

Macc-tastic Less Plastic! – Drop in to their events for tips, talks, demos and activities for all ages to tackle plastic pollution, climate change and food waste. Make a ‘Plastic Pledge’, add your name to the Climate Coalition Petition calling on the government to take climate change more seriously.

It’s part of the Barnaby Festival, and it’s also the day of the Treacle Market, so there will be a great atmosphere in the town.

10am – 3.30pm St Michael’s Churchyard, in the Market Square.

For more information see here

Latest News!

Have a look at what Transition Wilmslow Groups are up to ……..

Food Group:

Forging ahead with veggie planting in the new raised beds in the Community Garden More .…….

Energy Group:

Developments in community battery storage project More ……..

Environment & Planning Group:

Working on their contribution to the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan. More ………

And announcing ……..

3rd TRANSITION WILMSLOW ANNUAL LECTURE

Wilmslow Guild Friday 16 November 2018.

Climate Change and Food – A Cosmologist’s Perspective: Professor Sarah Bridle University of Manchester

More details from 26th May 2018 in the Guild’s on-line Prospectus (specialist lectures)

‘Growing’ our Community Garden

A very timely grant has given us the opportunity to expand our Community Garden at ‘The Temp’ on Gravel Lane.

Thanks to the Airport Community Trust Fund we have been able to purchase materials for more raised beds. This is one step nearer to completing the original design plan.  A working party on 6 May set to the task and three more beds were constructed, in addition to giving the whole area a good tidy up in preparation for planting out vegetable seeds and seedlings.

Transition Wilmslow Food Group welcomes new members to come on board to help.  Contact them at transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

Foraging Walk

Transition Wilmslow has put together another fabulous foraging walk in Wilmslow with expert forager James Wood from Totally Wild UK

Saturday June 2nd, 2018, 10am-2pm

Meet at 10am prompt at The Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA.

Bring a foraging basket or bag to take your goodies home.

Includes tasters on the walk and a wild food lunch for participants at the end of the course – which is seasonally dependent but can range from nettle soup to wild inspired salad.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Early bird ticket offer of £20 per adult until 30 April 2018 increasing to £22 from 1 May 2018. All inclusive price – no extras. Children free.