Community Garden planted out!

Saturday 27th April saw the completion of the first stage of planting out the Community Vegetable Garden at ‘The Temp’, Gravel Lane.  Many thanks to all who came along to help, swap seeds/seedlings and chat to us about vegetable growing.  We were pleased that Local Councillors paid us a visit immediately after they had officially opened the new swings in the park, adjacent to the Garden.

Take a look at the photo slideshow.  Why not go along to the Temp to see for yourself?  Try out the uniquely shaped log bench seat!

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Community Garden Launch and seed/seedling swap, Sat 27th April, 2pm

Raised beds


Come along to our Community Garden launch. The project actually began 2 years ago when Transition Wilmslow first planted 10 fruit trees on the site with the help of Ashdene Primary School pupils and local councillors.  Now it’s time for the vegetables!

Perhaps you have surplus veg. seeds and seedlings to swap with other vegetable growers? Do you have spare seedlings you would be willing to help plant in the new Community Garden raised beds?

We will be very grateful for all contributions, particularly Carrots, Turnips, Beetroot, Chard, Spinach, Lettuce of all sorts, Rocket, Pak Choi, Onions, Spring Onions, Broad beans, Peas.  If you have them in biodegradable pots – even better, we can put them straight in the ground!

The garden is seen as an education resource to inspire people to go home and grow their own. We are pleased to acknowledge financial support from a Tudor Trust grant (via Community Futures) and a donation from Wilmslow branch of Yorkshire Building Society.  Frankland Tree Services, a local business, has supplied materials.

You will find us at ‘The Temp’, Gravel Lane, between Cottage Grove and Beechfield Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.

New members are always welcome to join our Food Group; get involved as we make plans for Stage Two of the garden development.

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Response to Planning Application for extention of peat processing on Lindow Moss

Transition Wilmslow have submitted a response to the planning application by Croghan Peat Industries.  From the point of view of Transition Wilmslow and the residents of Wilmslow there would appear to be no justification for any continuation of peat excavation on Lindow Moss. This represents the worst possible investment for local taxpayers. It is a poor business doing harm to the environment.  The Moss has some unique features, in that it has well preserved field systems around it from the time of medieval peat extraction in addition to the ecological features of the moss itself. It is also one of the green lungs of Wilmslow and has been highlighted as one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Wilmslow in our on-going Landscape Character Assessment.

Read the full text here  Response to Lindow Moss Planning Application

News Updates

Transition Wilmslow Transport Group at the Artisan Market 20th April.

The Transport Group will be hosting the Artisan market stall (Grove Avenue) in April from which we will continue to run the 20’s Plenty petition, to reduce speed limits to 20 mph and enhance the quality of life for everyone on our roads.  There will be a family bike ride led by Cycle Wilmslow; registration can be done at any time in the morning at the stall; departure will be at 1:30 pm.

Transition Wilmslow Community Garden event at “The Temp” Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.  Vegetable Seed and Seedling swap,  2 pm Saturday April 27th.

Having raised the money and built the raised beds in the Autumn the time has now come to start planting the veg in the community garden. Please come along and take part, share your gardening knowledge as well as surplus seeds and seedlings. New to vegetable growing? Come along and learn!

Transition Wilmslow ‘Skill Sharing Coffee Morning’ Saturday May 11th, 10am ‘til 12noon at St Chads Church next to the Library in Handforth.

In this throwaway society we are losing the skills of past generations to make and mend. Come and join us for coffee and a chance to learn some new skills.

Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow

Manchester University Students are seeking public consultation for their audit of Wilmslow’s green spaces.  Take part in their survey which can be found on

Read more about these and other events in the April 2013 Newsletter

Response to Cheshire East Local & Strategic Plan

Transition Wilmslow has given full and considered responses to both the Cheshire East Local Plan and Development Strategy.

These can be viewed in detail together with the explanatory covering letter.

Click on the links below

CE Local Plan letter

Response CE Development Strategy

Response CE Local Plan

Open Space meeting Saturday March 2nd 2013

Come along to our Open Space meeting from 9.45am – 1pm with the aim of discussing “How can we make Wilmslow a more sustainable and beautiful place to live?” This is an ideal opportunity to let us know what changes you would like to see in Wilmslow and what our groups should be focusing on to make Wilmslow a more resilient community. The meeting will be held at the Quaker meeting house in Wilmslow.

Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

Following on from the successful strategy workshop in December which reviewed the overall aims and objectives of the landscape project, we are now proposing to get into the detail with some hands on work. At this workshop on 9th February we will draw on the full range of information from the desk study work that Jonathan Porter has assembled in the first stage of the project.

 The objective is to produce a draft landscape character map for Wilmslow (including Handforth and Styal) covering both the built up area and the surrounding countryside.  This will not only be a valuable template for our work in Transition, but will also help us in responding to the consultation on the Local Plan for Cheshire East.

 We are keen to have input from anyone who wishes to contribute, irrespective of whether you have previously been involved, and would particularly like input from a cycling perspective.

 Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available but we would ask if you could bring along a packed lunch as, due to the leisure centre rules, we are not able to provide any food in the meeting room. However you will be able to buy food at leisure centre cafe.  The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm at Wilmslow Leisure centre.

Landscape Strategy Meeting, Friday 14th December

Transition Wilmslow is holding a Landscape Strategy Workshop this Friday, 14th December from 7-9 pm in the Wilmslow leisure centre upstairs meeting room.  We will be holding an interactive workshop to plan our future approach and work on this project.

We would like to get as many people as possible involved  as we feel that the work could both impact on, and benefit from, contributions from a number of groups in the Wilmslow transition family. It is not an academic exercise as the applications from the work could help shape our views on proposals for furthering our Transition aims developing a sustainable town and lifestyle.  This is well illustrated  in an extract from a recent note from John Handley who was at a recent conference where Jonathan Porritt spoke:

Jonathan’s prescription for a sustainable 21st century town included:

1) Zero carbon;
2) “Incredible edible” with community supported agriculture and local sourcing of food;
3) Biodiversity rich;
4) Healthy living – planning actively for good health.
5) Sustainable transport.All of which fit well into the Transition model.

You may also have noticed from a two page spread the 6th December edition of the Wilmslow Express in an article about the Wilmslow Trust meeting on an alternative Wilmslow vision that Transition Wilmslow was mentioned as a possible partner group to  support this work.There are a number of threats and opportunities out there for us to consider and to allow us to put a Transition shape on this agenda and identify the future work we want to do to further our aims for both the Transition agenda generally and the town.  Part of the workshop will canvas opinions on what these opportunities and threats are and what we might want to do This is an opportunity for Transition Wilmslow members to have their input.

Please come along and give us your views.

Community Garden update – new funding

The Food Group are forging ahead with their project for a community garden at ‘The Temp’ – the park at Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.  A grant has been pledged by Community Futures at the National Communities Resource Centre.  The Group are now planning to raise more funds to enable a start to be made on providing raised beds for growing vegetables.  These will be situated within the area of the fruit trees planted there last year by Transition Wilmslow and pupils from Ashdene School.

Next meeting of the Food Group is on Wednesday 26 September 7.30pm at Coach & Four pub Alderley Road, Wilmslow

Proposed World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane



Plans are to build the World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane, just off of the M56 at the Wilmslow turnoff.  Here are some links to more information about the proposal

This land was classified as green belt until June of this year when it’s status was changed.  The plans would involve eviction of residents, the destruction of valuable green space for local people, an increase in travel congestion, carbon emissions and noise pollution from the airports cargo services. 

The area to the south of the Airport is currently home to residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto Cotterill Clough – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Airport claim new jobs will be created. However, many of these jobs will not be ‘new’ but simply ‘displaced’ as existing firms re-locate from other areas of Greater Manchester to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer.  Local residents at Ringway and Hale Barns are opposed to these plans.  They have also objected to proposals to demolish people’s homes at Hasty Lane nearby. 

The deadline for objections is fast approaching so if you are concerned with the development be sure to sign the online petition at