News for 2014
June: At the last meeting five of us met up at the Meriton Road Park Orchard and cleared the grass from around the fruit trees. The trees are doing well and are carrying a fair amount of fruit. Fingers crossed that it goes to full term!
At the end of last month we took the lettuces that were ready in the Gravel Lane veg beds to the food bank at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow.
Current Food Group Meetings 2013
During the summer we are meeting at the Community Garden off Gravel Lane, 7.30pm on the third Wednesday in the month to work on the raised beds, thence move on to the Farmers Arms, Chapel Lane to discuss our plans for the future.
Food notes from the Open Space Meeting 31st March 2012
Ideas for development arising from discussion:
•Compile a list for the website of local shops and traders selling local produce. Give positive feedback to supermarkets who are selling local produce (ensuring that food is not travelling long distances to packaging plants) and lobby them to sell more.
•Develop a database to match people who want to grow their own with land/garden owners who have land to spare. Encourage young people to get involved.
•Capitalise on the local councils interest in community orchards started by Transition Wilmslow to develop community vegetable gardens. Work with existing groups already involved.
•Bring people with skills together with people who want to start living more sustainably. Encourage the involvement of children and young people. Encourage people to open their houses/gardens that are good examples of how we can reduce our carbon footprint.
Gary is opening his garden at 27 Strawberry Lane, Wilmslow on the 29th April between 2.00 and 5.00 pm for Transition Wilmslow. He will be talking about his veg growing in raised beds and keeping hens. A neighbour who keeps bees will also be talking about bee keeping.This would also be an opportunity for a seedling swap.
•Develop a leaflet on tips to reduce food waste for distribution by TW alongside the energy saving top tips. This could also go on the website and encourage contributions from other people.
•Show again the film about Cuba and how as a result of necessity they became more self-sufficient.
Liaise with other groups both within TW and outside where interests overlapped.