Many people have been exploring the countryside on and around Lindow Moss during lockdown, when they have had the opportunity to walk locally every day. If you have been near Saltersley Hall Farm you may have seen some of the land raising along the pathways, the impact on some of the pathways (including one which is currently blocked by machinery), and the loss of mature trees around the Hall itself. and wondered what is going on. Application 20/1586M on the Cheshire East Planning Portal tells all. If would like to respond to this application you might find Transition Wilmslow’s response helpful. Please do respond: this is a much loved local area of real historic and ecological importance.
Transition Wilmslow, along with the East Cheshire Climate Alliance, responded vigorously to CEC’s draft environmental strategy at the end of last year. CEC Cabinet are discussing their environment strategy and carbon plan next week (Tuesday, 5th May) and Andrew will be asking a question about it from the Cheshire East Climate Alliance at the meeting. https://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/documents/g7467/Public%20reports%20pack%2005th-May-2020%2013.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10 is the agenda and documents.
Update on last week’s talk: with input from some young people who unsurprisingly were very interested in what the future may well hold for them…and how we as “grown ups” need to get on and change the way WE live to give them all a chance.
Thanks to Climate Conscious Wilmslow for a great talk on bees last week. Ewan was really inspiring and full of ideas as to how we support our local bees…his top tips include bee friendly planting, avoiding chemicals in your garden and loving your dandelions….keep that mower in the shed until the dandelions are over. They are a bee superfood! Full details including best species for planting in your garden are here:
CCW are planning another online talk for children soon, so checkout their Facebook page.
For those of you are interested in the current affairs or activist approach to environmentalism the Worlds largest online climate conference has just been announced to mark the 50th anniversary of world’s first Earth Day. The Earth Day Week will run from April 20thto 25th and they will ‘be broadcasting live talks and other daily shows from Washington DC, Stockholm and with speakers, thinkers and doers from all over the world.’ Details can be found at:https://www.wedonthavetime.org/event/earthdayweek There is also an Apple or Google app available to download for your smartphone.
Tuesday 14th April via Zoom at 7.30pm.
In place of our advertised monthly meeting on 16 April, we have moved our “Wilmslow in 2060” presentation and discussion to Tuesday 14th April via Zoom at 7.30pm. Join our expert panel (John, Helen and Teo) each making brief presentations on aspects of adaptation to climate change followed by a discussion, chaired by Andrew. Link via Zoom
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Food, Glorious Food!
Never in the life time of most of us has the entire population had cause to think so much about our food supply: where it comes from, where we get it from and how we deliver it to the most vulnerable. The scenes after lockdown in the supermarkets were shocking as people understandably rushed to stock up and the “just in time” supply lines that we have become so accustomed to (“there will always be strawberries when I want them”) were overwhelmed. This set us thinking about how as a community we could build more resilience into our food supply to help us deal with future shocks like this. We thought about growing our own, local suppliers, and, in the interests of the climate, Meat free Monday.
Wilmslow Grows its Own:
In Rob Hopkins’s inspirational book “What If” he gives the example of Liege, where their one community garden was such a success that now the town is encircled with community gardens and 90% of the fruit and veg eaten in the town’s schools are supplied locally. Our community garden is a lovely example of how you get people engaged in growing vegetables, but it is only one, and at a very small scale. Our food group met last week and we thought that during lockdown, all we could really do was to encourage people to grow their own as much as possible; and to that end Garry Olson is now posting a daily veg gardening tip on Instagram (check out garryolsonfurniture)…we are anticipating that he’ll become an Insta sensation!
Perhaps when lockdown is over and we can safely swap things we could build on the individual road corona support WhatsApp groups to offer seed and seedling swaps?
Why not share your gardening pictures on insta or twitter and tag garry or transition wilmslow and we could build up some enthusiasm!
A massive shout out to everyone who supplies our food…..the supermarket staff, butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers, milkmen, delivery drivers, farmers, pickers, growers, distributors…..what a couple of weeks they have had and a big thank you from all of us. We have all realised not only how much we depend on the supermarkets but also on the delivery companies who have seen a massive increase in orders. Teo and Andrew have put together a list of people they know of locally who are able to deliver….if you have any to add to the list then please let us know! They are listed on the food page www.transitionwilmslow.co.uk/food It would be great to think that even when this crisis is over that support for local suppliers continues. If you would like to order from Flo’s Suma deliveries (dried goods) contact us by email.
Meat Free Monday:
No real connection to corona but the climate crisis hasn’t gone away and in any case you may be needing to think more imaginatively about your cooking at the moment and might like to think about cooking meat free…on a Monday or any other day. After Sarah Bridle’s recent talk demonstrating the impact of our dietary choices on greenhouse gas emissions, there’s a move to develop a Meat Free Monday in Wilmslow; Wilmslow Academy have already adopted this. A number of us met (virtually!) Esther McVey MP to talk about community resilience and meat free Monday came up. It turns out that Esther often cooks meat free, and indeed she promises to share her recipe for a vegan cottage pie with us! Details of our meeting are posted on the website www.transitionwilmslow.co.uk/consultationresponses
All our meetings are now virtual. If you’d like to join future tree, food or energy meetings please do let us know.
Please keep safe and well at this very difficult time. If you are able to, give a thought to people who can’t afford food easily; food banks have seen a massive drop in donations. You can contact the Wilmslow food bank via firstname.lastname@example.org or support the Trussell Trust.
What will Wilmslow be like in 2060 for today’s 10 year olds when they get to 50? What will their lives look like if the world’s governments do not deal with the problem of climate change? What could life be like if they did? Will our children and grandchildren think we cared enough about their future?
On Thursday 19thMarch, 7.30 pm at Wilmslow Quaker Meeting House (Bourne Street SK9 5HD), come and join the conversation as we hear from three expert speakers about what the future might hold, how we can avoid some of the problems we might face and how we could adapt to a changing world.
What will our houses be like? What will the streets be like? The shops? The fields and woods around the town? How will we get to work? What will we be eating? Or will nothing have changed?
Want to take part in the City Nature Challenge this year? Sara from the NT Riverlands project is keen we all join in if we can…a challenge to find (and hopefully identify!) as many species in Nature as we can. Find wildlife, take a photo and load it onto as easy app (iNaturalist) and do your own bit of citizen science! all details at https://citynaturechallenge.org