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.

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WANTED! Your Plastic bottles!

Plastic-Free Wilmslow are nearly finished building their ‘plastic bottle greenhouse’, but need another fifty 2 litre bottles.  Can you help?

Bring your bottles to the site at Bank Square in Wilmslow and see for yourself this amazing construction!

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 ……..

3rd TRANSITION WILMSLOW ANNUAL LECTURE

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 transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

A Good Result!

It was a good day for ‘Plastic Free Wilmslow’ at the Artisan Market Saturday 21 April 2018.  Many people visited the stall, saw the alternatives on offer and wrote pledges to cut their consumption of single-use plastic items.  It was encouraging to hear from market goers who are already cutting their use of plastic. Some stall holders came on board too with palm leaf plates, cardboard cartons and wooden cutlery.  All proving that it can be done.  We just have to set our minds to doing it!!

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!Plastic Free Artisan Market Stall 2018-04-21

 

Plastic Free Wilmslow launches

Plastic Free Wilmslow

It’s official!

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Plastic Free Wilmslow held their inaugural meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018.  There was a great turn-out despite the awful weather.

A steering group has been formed to move the initiative forward with the goal of being accredited as a ‘Plastic Free Town’.

You can now be in touch with Plastic Free Wilmslow at  plasticfreewilmslow@gmail.com

Follow them on Twitter @PlasticFreeWilm

Look out for them at Wilmslow’s Artisan Market Saturday 21st April 2018.  Visit their stall and pick up lots of ideas.  Pledge your commitment to ditch single-use plastics

More about plastic free accreditaion here

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!