Successes at Transition Wilmslow!

Success at the RHS “In Your Neighbourhood” awards.

Our Community Garden received a certificate for “Outstanding” – the highest level. Many thanks to all who have given their time throughout the year to help keep the vegetable garden in good shape. We weren’t on our own as other Wilmslow groups also were considered outstanding. This included Friends of the Carrs, Lindow Common Advisory Group, Chapel Lane Business Group, Dean Row Rotary and Incredible Edible. In their first year the URC garden was considered “Thriving”, the second highest award. Congratulations to all!

Another successful Mushroom Forage Day

A great time was had with James Wood, finding many fascinating fungi all around the edge of Lindow Common in the wooded area. James cooks with mushrooms and he entertained us all with anecdotes about which fungi are safe to eat and which are toxic. A surprising number of fungi we found are edible or useful in some way.

The common names are intriguing –  we found brown roll rims, milk caps, pestle puff balls, turkey tails, earth balls and the hallucinogenic fly agaric, to name but a few! The most beautiful fungus with the most beautiful name was the ‘amethyst deceiver’, a small, exquisite, mauve fungus that James uses to decorate rice dishes!

Towards the end of the foray James provided a huge pot of his freshly made wild mushroom pate, delicious on a biscuit, which was devoured with enthusiasm!

Participants were interested in fungi as wild food and also in how to conserve the environment and to enhance the reproduction of these essential recyclers. An excellent fungal foray was had by all who went!  Thanks to James Wood

Coming up soon!


Plastic Free Wilmslow


Next meeting of Plastic Free Wilmslow is Thursday 1 November 2018 at 7:30pm

United Reformed Church, Alderley Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR


Mushroom Foraging Day


Another opportunity to join the renowned James Wood for a day learning about fungii – and which ones we can eat!

Saturday, 3rd November 2018.  Meet at Lindow Common car park near Boddington Arms

Tickets, £25 from Eventbrite here  Children free.  Includes a mushroom lunch


The 3rd Transition Wilmslow Annual Lecture


Booking is open on-line fromThe Wilmslow Guild here




Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan

The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan is out for consultation until 31st August: residents please respond! 

We at Transition Wilmslow offer you an opportunity to discuss the issues and view the consultation boards at The Friends Meeting House, Bourne Street, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD on Thursday 16th August 2018 at 7.30pm.

You may well have had an information leaflet about the plan delivered to your home, but we know that some people are still waiting for theirs.   It is really important that as many people as possible make their views known.

A hard copy of the full Plan is available at the Library and at the Wilmslow Town Council Office at the Parish Hall.  It is also available online here . You can ‘Have Your Say’ by completing the online feedback form


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.

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 ……..


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