Lindow Moss: Planning Decision December 2018

It was with great reluctance that Transition Wilmslow supported the building of homes on the Green Belt. However, it was considered that the special circumstances of preventing the Moss being filled with inert waste and turned over agriculture, realising the end to peat extraction and the successful restoration of the Moss were more important. John Handley spoke with passion and conviction in support of the applications (Lindow Moss Statement 150016MLindow Moss Statement 150064M. Following a 5-year restoration programme there will be a 20-year aftercare period.     Transition Wilmslow’s request for a Restoration Committee to oversee the restoration and aftercare was not successful. However, a Liaison Panel is to be established to monitor the restoration work. Details have yet to agreed.  Transition Wilmslow will be supporting strong agency and local community involvement on this committee to ensure oversight of both the restoration process and delivery of the associated benefits of restoration to support the important ecological, archaeological and recreation benefits at local, regional and national scales. The committee also discussed the provision of a financial bond to secure the work and the possibility of restoration work commencing before the development of the new homes.  We still await final confirmation of this being included in the associated conditions to the approvals. As the application for the demolition of existing buildings and provision of 14 new dwellings at the peat processing site (15/0016M ) is considered an inappropriate form of development in the Green Belt it  will need to referred to the Secretary of State for approval. (Jean Hill).


2018 Transition Wilmslow Lecture

We had a full house at The Wilmslow Guild for Professor Sarah Bridle’s lecture on food and it’s impact on climate change, and plenty of people brave enough to try freeze dried  meal worms and crickets! Sarah is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, and told us about her work  using big data analysis techniques to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions and nutrition of our food choices. Beef, lamb and dairy products contribute most to climate change, and changing our diets can really make a difference. There were some horrifying statistics about the impact of food waste too! Sarah’s slides are on her project website (scroll down to the bottom) and you are invited to put your details on the “join us” section to receive project updates so eventually you will be able to accurately track the impact of your daily food choices on the climate!

Successes at Transition Wilmslow!

Success at the RHS “In Your Neighbourhood” awards.

Our Community Garden received a certificate for “Outstanding” – the highest level. Many thanks to all who have given their time throughout the year to help keep the vegetable garden in good shape. We weren’t on our own as other Wilmslow groups also were considered outstanding. This included Friends of the Carrs, Lindow Common Advisory Group, Chapel Lane Business Group, Dean Row Rotary and Incredible Edible. In their first year the URC garden was considered “Thriving”, the second highest award. Congratulations to all!

Another successful Mushroom Forage Day

A great time was had with James Wood, finding many fascinating fungi all around the edge of Lindow Common in the wooded area. James cooks with mushrooms and he entertained us all with anecdotes about which fungi are safe to eat and which are toxic. A surprising number of fungi we found are edible or useful in some way.

The common names are intriguing –  we found brown roll rims, milk caps, pestle puff balls, turkey tails, earth balls and the hallucinogenic fly agaric, to name but a few! The most beautiful fungus with the most beautiful name was the ‘amethyst deceiver’, a small, exquisite, mauve fungus that James uses to decorate rice dishes!

Towards the end of the foray James provided a huge pot of his freshly made wild mushroom pate, delicious on a biscuit, which was devoured with enthusiasm!

Participants were interested in fungi as wild food and also in how to conserve the environment and to enhance the reproduction of these essential recyclers. An excellent fungal foray was had by all who went!  Thanks to James Wood

Coming up soon!


Plastic Free Wilmslow


Next meeting of Plastic Free Wilmslow is Thursday 1 November 2018 at 7:30pm

United Reformed Church, Alderley Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR


Mushroom Foraging Day


Another opportunity to join the renowned James Wood for a day learning about fungii – and which ones we can eat!

Saturday, 3rd November 2018.  Meet at Lindow Common car park near Boddington Arms

Tickets, £25 from Eventbrite here  Children free.  Includes a mushroom lunch


The 3rd Transition Wilmslow Annual Lecture


Booking is open on-line fromThe Wilmslow Guild here




Dawn Walk in memory of Rick Turner

P1020145-minTransition Wilmslow’s Dawn Walk this year, on 22nd September will have certain poignancy as the group remembers Rick Turner, the archaeologist who recovered Lindow Man – the best preserved bog body in Britain.   Rick died earlier this year and the walk will be an appropriate time to reflect on his work.

He gave the keynote presentation at a Transition Wilmslow Day School about Lindow Moss in 2015 and had been supportive of the group’s Lindow Moss planning applications.

 Rick took part in the Dawn Walk organised by Transition Wilmslow in 2016 and gave a memorable account of what he imagined might have been Lindow Man’s last journal entries before his death.  He also underlined the importance of the cultural landscape of the Moss extending back thousands of years.   It is still in a condition where it can be recreated as a lowland raised mire.

Join Transition Wilmslow on this special Autumn Equinox walk on Saturday 22nd September 2018, starting from Lindow Common at 6:30am.  More information on our diary page.  The event is free, but please book via Eventbrite

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan

The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan is out for consultation until 31st August: residents please respond! 

We at Transition Wilmslow offer you an opportunity to discuss the issues and view the consultation boards at The Friends Meeting House, Bourne Street, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD on Thursday 16th August 2018 at 7.30pm.

You may well have had an information leaflet about the plan delivered to your home, but we know that some people are still waiting for theirs.   It is really important that as many people as possible make their views known.

A hard copy of the full Plan is available at the Library and at the Wilmslow Town Council Office at the Parish Hall.  It is also available online here . You can ‘Have Your Say’ by completing the online feedback form