Who cares about peat?

 

Well, we do obviously, because we know how vital peat is as a carbon sequester, we know that damaged peat bogs are extruding CO2, and we want to see our beloved Lindow Moss restored so it can become the beautiful landscape it should be, supporting biodiversity and acting as a much needed carbon sink. It is good to know that we are not the only ones, and that most commentators (not all) are on side with us. The recent CCC report on Land Use specifically targets peat bogs as a vital component in the battle against climate change and demands specific action including the banning of peat sales by 2023, the banning of peat burning  and restoration of bogs including rewetting. Zac (now Lord) Goldsmith, Secretary of State for the Environment is reported to have said in a radio interview that if we are worried, we should stop buying peat and lobby DEFRA. Well, yes…we hope everyone who loves Lindow Moss does not buy peat based composts. We are not quite sure how to lobby DEFRA but we have written to our MP, Esther McVey, to ask her to support the immediate ban on peat sales and to lobby for immediate peat bog restoration, and we have copied the letter to DEFRA.

Our letter is here

Letter to MP re Peat Sales

Feel free to write in support as well. Save Our Peat Bogs!

 

Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!

Transition Wilmslow Community Fund Application

We have submitted this to the National Lottery Community Fund Call for community groups to do something about climate change. We are unlikely to be shortlisted but it does at least give us a template for planning future work. Please read it and tell us what you think.

We are all devastated by what is happening in Australia but we can only do what we can in our own corner of the planet. Let’s hope world leaders wake up to the canary in the mine.

On a more cheerful note the famous Transition Wilmslow Repair Cafe is back!

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Come along and get your repairs repaired by our talented team of volunteer repairers. And there’s cake!

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday 16 January, 7.30 pm Friends Meeting House. Please come along and help us plan our strategy for 2020.

Monday 20 January 7.30pm, Macctastic Meeting Meet Rod King from 20s plenty and hear about the benefits of 20mph in speed limits in residential areas. Many places have adopted these but not CEC as yet. http://www.20splenty.org/

Thursday 6 February 8-9.30 Undercroft URC Climate Conscious Wilmslow Meeting. Our very own Professor Sarah Bridle! Change Your Diet: the easiest way to combat climate change.

Change Your Diet: The Easiest Way To Help Reduce Climate Impact

Wilmslow’s Professor Sarah Bridle has been studying dark matter and dark energy for the last 20 years, but when her kids started school she started to think about our own planet in the next 20 years and beyond. She learned about climate change properly for the first time, how it threatens worldwide food production, and how food causes about a quarter of all global warming.

Sarah wanted to know how much each of her food choices was contributing, and why. She delved into the academic research literature, and summarized the results in simple charts. The charts make it easy for the non-specialist to see the impacts of different meal options, and show that some easy food switches can reduce food greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent.

Most of us make many food choices every day, and by changing these we can significantly reduce climate change caused by food, and free up land that can be used to help reduce climate change overall.

 

Christmas 2019 Update

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy new year. We hope you’ll be able to join us in 2020 and help make Wilmslow a more sustainable and greener community. Please note we will not be having a monthly meeting in December; our next meeting is Thursday 16th January 2020, Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm.

Our next Repair Cafe is Saturday 18th January at the URC, 10am. We need volunteers! So if you can make a cake, repair small items of furniture, fix small electrical, bikes, toys….please contact Ken Wallace ken.wallace0111@gmail.com

Our response to the CEC draft environmental strategy is now on our Consultation Responses page. Individual responses are most welcome: respond on https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/111PX/ by 11.59pm on Sunday 1 December 2019.

We had a really interesting talk last night from Chris Widger on the Riverlands project, which is a restoration project involving the whole community. It’s horrifying to hear how polluted our rivers are, and how human interference has caused rivers to flood, but this is an opportunity to improve our local rivers. You can attend the Riverlands Project first Wilmslow Community Conversation, 7-9pm Parish Hall, Monday 2nd December.

Professor John Whitelegg gave a fabulous lecture on Sustainable Transport at our Transition Wilmslow lecture last week, and it was great to welcome Suzy Akers-Smith, CEC Commissioner for walking and cycling, who chaired the discussion. The comparison between UK transport policies and those in the rest of Europe were depressing to say the least, (trams waiting for trains… hourly buses in even the smallest villages…) but it is great to hear that Suzy has plans to really push sustainable transport across the borough.

Don’t forget the hustings on Saturday 30 November, 2-3.30pm, URC: meet the candidates! Submit questions to wilmslowhustings2019@gmail.com

Don’t forget the Sustainable Market on 28th November: an opportunity to have a greener, more sustainable Christmas and to get all your Christmas shopping done in one go!

Seasons greetings to you all and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.

 

 

 

Great News!

Congratulations to everyone who has helped with our Community Garden this year!  We won “Outstanding” in the RHS “In Your Neighbourhood” awards and were part of Wilmslow’s entry into Britain in Bloom. The town was NW Large Town winner with a Gold and won Silver Gilt at National Level http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/19607/wilmslow-in-bloom-adds-a-sixth-gold

Not only that, but Wilmslow was awarded Plastic Free Town status! Congratulations to Ruth Menlove, Andrew Backhouse and the team. The real work starts now! to build on the progress that has been made so far and to continue to reduce single use plastics across the town. http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/19564/wilmslow-awarded-plastic-free-community-status-as-it-takes-action-on-single-use-plastic

 

The 4th Transition Wilmslow Annual Lecture.

Booking is open for this year’s Annual Lecture. Booking and attendance is open to all. We look forward to seeing you at this most pertinent and stimulating event.

Book via Wilmslow Guild at   https://www.wilmslowguild.org/courses/-21st-century-transport-a-vision-for-cheshire-friday-15-november-2019/1123/

or call on 01625 523903

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Our First Repair Cafe is a resounding success!

St Chad’s Handforth was buzzing with lots of people coming in with things to repair, or just dropping in for coffee and cake and enjoying the fun of watching our wonderful volunteer repairers at work. From bikes and wheeled frames to teddy bears, clothes, furniture and electrics, our experts were on hand to fix, advise, sew, hammer and glue and do their best to Repair not Discard. Thank you to everyone who came along. We plan another, in Wilmslow this time in January, and then back to Handforth in April. Any feedback and thoughts most welcome, and do let us know if you’d like to be a volunteer repairer.

Many thanks to Jane Selva for some fantastic photos!Repair Cafe Collage1Repari Cafe collage2jpeg

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan passes the Referendum Test!

Well done to everyone who contributed to the Wilmslow NP: a great piece of work by a great many people which will inform the work of the Town Council and support better planning decisions. It has policies about developing better green links between the town and the countryside, strengthening the public right of way network with better crossing points, and very importantly, recognising for the first time the special importance of Lindow Moss as a historic and cultural landscape. Now let’s see some of these policies getting implemented!