While climate change may not seem much of an issue to us in Wilmslow (as we write, it is August and pouring with rain) but anyone who has been to Italy or Greece this year knows it has been incredibly hot….the heatwave dubbed “Lucifer” has already claimed lives, the United States is having its worst drought in 56 years and the world has seen some of the highest temperatures ever recorded this year. This is climate change. Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is in cinemas across the UK on Friday 11th August 7.15pm (including Curzon Knutsford and cinemas in Altrincham and East Didsbury) with a live Q&A with Al Gore; and the film will be across the UK from August 18th. Go….and take a climate denier with you if you can! We’d be interested to know what you think
CFWI Climate Change Week of Action in Cheshire: Cheshire Meres & Mosses
Over the last 5 years, Transition Wilmslow has been raising awareness of Lindow Moss, where peat cutting still continues, as a potential carbon sink and a site of extraordinary archeological, historical and ecological interest, as well as a place of exercise and recreation. We have run workshops, walks and study days to raise awareness of the Moss, and we are delighted that the WI have recognised the importance of Cheshire Meres and Mosses.
Photos have been submitted to the WI by Pauline Handley and Jean Hill.
Fossilized pine roots: From around 6,000 years ago pine trees were able to colonise the surface of the mire and the pine woodland persisted for 2,000 years until wetter conditions prevented pine regeneration. The pine trunks and roots were preserved beneath a blanket of Sphagnum moss. Today the magnificent ancient pine stumps are trashed and discarded by the peat operator.
A full set of photos are on our Lindow Moss page.
Our Community Garden at The Temp looked a picture for the Wilmslow in Bloom judges this week! Thank you to Garry and the TW Food Group for all their efforts over the last year, to all the Brownie, Rainbow and Beaver groups and their leaders and parents who helped with planting and caring for the garden this spring, and to everyone who has helped with tending and watering. We await the judges’ report with interest!
Photos: Pauline Handley
It was a real pleasure to have a walk with the “Time Out” group last week, as one of our CEC supported “Wilmslow Walks”. We started at the group’s headquarters, in The Paddock in Handforth, walked through the gate in the car park into Meriton Park and down to the Transition Wilmslow Orchard. This is a little orchard that we planted a few years ago, and it was lovely to see the apple and plum trees really developing well with plenty of fruit, surrounded by long grasses and plants good for butterflies and insects, including hogweed, rosebay willowherb, nettle and goosegrass.
Thank you to Jo and her team for allowing us to share a walk in such beautiful sunshine with the group. If you know of anyone who would like a walk arranged, let us know.
On 17th June, Transition Wilmslow joined forces with Wilmslow Quakers, Cycle Wilmslow and the Artisan Market to put on The Great Wilmslow Get Together. This was one of many events that took place that weekend to remember Jo Cox MP. Over 100 stall holders entered into the spirit of the day, many wearing the red and white gingham theme, and decorating their displays. A Great Wilmslow Family Bike Ride including cyclists from 8 to over 80 took place in the afternoon. The day engendered a spirit of love and peace and hope for our communities to go forward in harmony and understanding. Visitors to our stall signed a book which will be sent to the Jo Cox Foundation (https://www.jocoxfoundation.org) and took photos with messages reflecting Jo Cox’s words: “We have more in common than that which divides us”. Thank you to everyone who came along and in particular to Denise and all the stall holders on the Market who helped to make it such a lovely community event. Special mention for Hoopers who transformed one of their windows! A full set of photos are on our Community Connections page.
On 2nd July, a Transition Wilmslow working party spent a sunny afternoon in the Community Garden at the Temp in Gravel Lane. Thanks to our helpers from Wilmslow Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Beavers (and their leaders and some very enthusiastic parents) the newly expanded garden is looking stunning. Thank you to everyone who came along, especially Garry who has introduced the pleasures of food growing to more than 70 children this year. We are looking forward to Wilmslow in Bloom this month, and then helping the children enjoy the fruits of their labours. If you would like to help us, or if you know of groups of children who might like to get involved next year, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor John Handley led another wonderful walk exploring the Mobberley side of Lindow Moss. We looked at peat from different levels, with the remains of ancient vegetation, observed the contours of ancient paths, saw Sundew and cotton grass, and explored the Quaker graveyard. It was lovely to see an old cottage being lovingly restored by its new owner. We stopped by the place where Lindow Man was found and as always, wondered when we might finally see a sympathetic restoration of this place of historical, archeological and ecological heritage. Thank you to John as always for such an informative and enjoyable walk; and to everyone who came and shared this special place with us.