September’s Challenge is in!

How did you get on with “plastic free”? Email us now to tell us your experience!

walking and cyclingIt’s time for our new challenge…  This month, as it’s back to school, we decided on looking at our travel choices so September is all about getting around.  See if you can make a difference by walking, cycling and using public transport more, and cut your car journeys by 50% this month.

#12MonthlyChallenges

Happy travels!

August Event Reminder and Monthly Challlenge

Our 12 Monthly Challenges: August‘s installment is now in!  Can you live plastic free??

Also, a reminder about our Dawn Walk this weekend:

This year is the 30th anniversary of the discovery, on the bog, of Lindow Man, a character of incredible historical and cultural importance. On 2nd August to commemorate the date of the find, a dawn walk on the bog is planned to celebrate his significance. This is just one awareness-raising event in which local people are invited to take part.

Why not join us at dawn on 2nd August for a guided walk on Lindow Moss?

Numbers are limited so to avoid disappointment please register for the walk here.

Have a look at our Lindow Moss webpages for more information about our campaign to restore the moss.

12 Monthly Challenges: July

This year we will be looking at various everyday challenges such as reducing waste, buying more responsibly and saving energy.  Join us on our journey to a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Rubbish Diet (mark 1)

Why act on rubbish? Courtesy of WRAP

Why act on rubbish? Courtesy of WRAP

This month we will be doing the Rubbish Diet, or at least making a start!  The starting point with what goes into your bin, is what you buy in.  The figures on food waste are mind blowing: between 20 and 40% of fresh food (fruit, vegetables and bread) doesn’t even find its way into your trolley, and approximately 1/3 of what people buy ends up in landfill.

So the first part of this month’s challenge is to buy only what we need and use up food.  Read more

Please email or tweet us your experiences and successes, big or small!  Last month’s challenge was saving water – click here for handy tips.

Cheshire East’s Local Plan – TW Response

Cheshire East Council ran a consultation in April this year on their Local Plan Strategy Document submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Transition Wilmslow has participated in each consultation round and commented on updated versions of the Plan since its Vision for Wilmslow.

A summary of our latest comments can be found here.

Anything but a Bog Standard Landscape…

A New Vision for Lindow Moss

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On Thursday 3rd April, Transition Wilmslow hosted a workshop to bring people together and discuss a new way forward for Lindow Moss.  Over 50 people attended, from local councillors, to English Heritage, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Manchester Museum, Environment Agency, and other interested parties.

Professor John Handley talked about the formation of the Moss (a much bigger area than that known as Lindow Common), and how the exploitation of the peat for fuel from the Middle Ages onwards created distinctive field boundaries called moss ‘rooms’. He described it as “one of the best preserved landscapes of its type in Britain and yet, astonishingly, it is not protected by designation of any kind.”

Tony Evans, Chair of the Saltersley Common Preservation Society (covering Lindow Moss), also addressed the group.  We heard about the apparent infringements of the planning conditions by the peat extraction companies, leading to a lowering of the water table, and effects including near-disappearance of wildlife such as water voles, and subsidence of houses in the area.

Groups looked at education, landscape restoration and heritage, access and usage, and ecology to identify possible steps to restore the Moss and were reminded that this year is the 30th anniversary of the finding of Lindow Man. The building buzzed with lively conversation.

The participants agreed a New Vision for Lindow Moss and that we would try to work collaboratively to bring about the project.

For Transition Wilmslow, the project brings together many of the strands that they are about: local community, biodiversity, food, education, carbon, resilience and legacy for future generations.  For more information please visit the Lindow Moss pages.

Transport News

Great news about the Government’s planned investment in making cycling safer and more accessible in Greater Manchester.

Our council could make it safer for our community too by spending as little as £2-3 per head in introducing 20 mph limits.  We have over 150 signatures in Wilmslow so far in support of this – without leafleting!

If you haven’t done so already please sign the petition at:

20’s plenty for Wilmslow

Also, see Gorsey Bank’s travel survey results.  We would love to hear from other schools and institutions about their travel habits and needs – do get in touch!

Don’t forget our next family bike ride at the September Artisan market!

20's plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

20’s plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

TTW Transport: Low Carbon Transport and Electric Vehicles

David Hytch of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will talk to us about the new electric vehicle charging stations, or “Pod Centres”, due to be launched in 2013, and about Low Carbon Transport.

Come along to the Quaker Meeting House on Bourne Street, on Monday 3rd December at 7:30pm to hear more about the plans.

Low Carbon Transport and Electric Vehicles: TfGM talk

Electric Vehicle Pod Centres