Dawn Walk on Lindow Moss – 2 August 2014

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.

 

 

Seedy Saturday Success!

Seed & Seedling Swap Event 26 April 2014

Despite all our anxieties about the weather the sun shone on Saturday morning and the stiff breeze just added to the fun of getting the Gazebos up!

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We were delighted with the number of families who came along and a great time was had by all. The “Welly Hurling” was a great hit with the children and kept them busy all morning. When they were taking a rest from that they planted up the raised beds with a selection of veg plants under the direction of Garry Olson or with Chris Frankland’s help practised the art of log stacking.

While the children were busy the adults were able to concentrate on the serious business of swopping plants and seeds, gardening experience and much else.

As always the home made cakes went down very well and we were able to have hot spiced apple juice using the swedish candles supplied by Chris to heat it.

We were very grateful to Primrose Cottage Nursery for bringing along a selection of plants to sell and giving advice on gardening matters.

Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes, plants, seeds, time, effort, and to all who came to support us in making the morning so enjoyable.

Film Night Tonight

We are showing the Film ‘No Impact Man’ at Wilmslow Library, Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 7.30pm.  (Suggested donation for tea & cake – £2.00)

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No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem?? Can Colin Beavan and his family do this?

See the trailer here

(warning: colourful language!)

 

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.

‘Wilmslow to Music’

Transition Wilmslow encourage you to attend the Lindow Singers 50th Anniversary Concert ‘Spirit of Lindow’ at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Poems, by local poets, about Lindow Moss, the Bollin Valley and Alderley Edge have been set to music by Sasha Johnson Manning and will be performed on the evening.

This performance promotes Wilmslow, its wider community and its natural surroundings – Transition Wilmslow’s aim too!

Read more: www.lindowsingers.org.uk/lsnewscomm.htm

A Sunshine Show!

Wilmslow Show Sunday 14 July

We were there!  What a fantastic day for the 101st Wilmslow Show.  Lots of happy people enjoying the sunshine.

We had lots of visitors to our stall.  Children planted bean seeds in pots they made from strips of newspaper. What better way to promote the great taste of home-grown fresh produce than to raffle two hampers filled mainly with veggies picked from our Community Garden at ‘The Temp, Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.

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Transition's Stall

Transition Wilmslow Stall

What you could have won!

What you could have won!

Green Infrastructure Plan Published

This important document, Making the Transition: A Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow and Handforth, was rolled out to the public at the Artisan Market on Saturday 18 May.

Despite it being a cold day, the interest displayed was encouraging and many people stopped at our stall to hear more. Transition Wilmslow’s Environment & Planning Group were especially pleased that the Manchester University students – Jake, Becky, Simon and Matt – who had researched and written the report for their MSc course, were on hand to explain their project.

The report highlights how important our gardens are in making the area a green and pleasant place and additionally underlines their role in protecting against climate change, so we handed out a leaflet Top Tips for Wildlife Gardening giving information on capitalising on this asset and encouraging wildlife in our gardens.

Click the link for more information and to read the full report http://wp.me/P2mX4O-dg