Tomorrow The Film!

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41 people came along to The Old Dancer for fantastic food and drink (thank you to everyone at The Old Dancer!) and a showing of the inspirational film Tomorrow, featuring the Transition Network’s very own Rob Hopkins. We asked people to think about what they might do differently as a result of seeing the film, and they made these pledges:

Use small local traders more often               Buy less plastic packaging

if we can have a local currency (Wilmslow Pound) I will support it and use it wherever possible

find out about our nearest junk Food Cafes     buy more locally

grow stuff in my garden (try to!)    

Suggest to Heatons Sustainability Group that they organise a showing of this film

think small scale local and don’t dismiss my own efforts

create and work a vegetable patch in my own garden thinking of biodiversity and using eco friendly products

I will pass on the need for action now to my children to give them a better future and to ask them to do the same

make a veggie garden at my school  

intercrop the veg in my garden       Cycle Plan for Wilmslow

Support development of a local currency

be more community aware

take an active role in a community project

If you would like to host a showing of Tomorrow to your community group or church, contact the Transition Network or search the Tomorrow website















Chilli Supper & Film: Final Booking!

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Final call to join us for a chilli supper and film, upstairs at The Old Dancer, Grove Street, Wilmslow on Thursday 18 January 2018.

The film ‘Tomorrow’ will show how lots of positive things are happening in communities in many parts of the world – today. Working together, people can help provide solutions that will make our planet a better place to live in for our children and grandchildren – ‘Tomorrow’!

Bar available; chilli supper at 7pm with film from 8pm.  Please register your preference ‘regular’ or ‘veggie’ chilli.

Tickets £12. To book (by Sunday 14 January, please!) and for payment details see Eventbrite.


Save our oceans, anyone?

If you have watched Blue Planet 2, you will have seen the heart breaking scenes of mammals asphyxiating on plastic, and heard about the effect that micro plastics are having on our oceans. There seems to be some government action at last, with a World Ocean Summit in March, and a UK Government consultation on a plastic bottle deposit scheme. The effect of plastic bag reduction in the UK demonstrates that we can change our behaviour for the better,  with an 83% reduction in bag use since the 5p charge was introduced, so surely we can do the same with plastic bottles? Our friends at Transition New Mills are implementing a plastic strategy for New Mills, working with local retailers who offer to fill peoples’ own reusable water bottles for free….could we do the same here? Could you and your children cope without plastic straws? Are paper or biodegradable ones acceptable substitutes? We would like to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution, particularly from single use plastics here in Wilmslow….how should we do that? would you like to help? let us know if you have any ideas!

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Plastic Bottle awareness on a trip to Kenya!

Chris Baines gives the second Transition Wilmslow Lecture

We were delighted to host Professor Chris Baines at the Wilmslow Guild on 24th November. He gave a beautifully illustrated talk on wildlife gardening, green infrastructure and its importance in our towns and cities. We followed up with a workshop on green infrastructure  hosted by John Handley with Nerys Jones and Chris, where we discussed how we could improve green infrastructure within the Neighbourhood Plan. We have another brilliant speaker for our third lecture in 2018, so watch this space!








Tree Walk on Wilmslow Common

IMG_2094The weather was kind on Sunday for our second Transition Wilmslow Tree Walk. This time we were exploring Wilmslow Common, a designated SSI, and lowland wet heath, a now uncommon landscape in the British Isles.

Turnout was excellent, about twenty five people, and while Chris shared his expertise about the trees, Heather explained the historic presence, or not, of trees on this site by explaining its human habitation from prehistory  to the Gypsy fairs and todays designated green space.

The presence and culling of trees on the Common has been a contentious issue locally of late. While the Town Tree Walk revealed over 30 varieties of tree, the Common revealed less than 10. The majority of these being Silver Birch, followed by Oak. Chris explained that these are pioneer trees, all self seeded. A photograph of the Common taken in the 1930’s show no trees whatsoever, a state that would have existed since its first inhabitants millennia back. The trees on the Common have seeded themselves since the second world war.

We Learned much from Chris about identifying trees, issues around their safety and management in different environments, and their importance in supporting wildlife and insects.

We hopefully all came to an understanding of some of the issues involved in the management of this precious Site of Special Scientific Interest, Wilmslows very own Common.