We were pleased to have 18 ‘budding’ tree pruners at our workshop on Saturday 21 January 2017 at the Transition Wilmslow Orchard in Meriton Park Handforth. Thanks to hands-on instruction from Gavin and Chris, attenders gained confidence to try the skill for themselves. Result? All the apple trees were pruned sucessfully (the plum trees must be left until later in the spring). Thanks to all who turned up.
If you missed this session and would like to have an opportunity to practice, Mobberley Community Orchard Group invite you to join a work party at Fieldside Close, Mobberley on Saturday 4 February 2017 from 8am til noon. More information from Nick Eadie 01565 872306
The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture, 10th October 2016
We had a full house for our very first Transition Wilmslow Lecture!
We thought an Annual Lecture might be a way of appealing to a wider audience, demonstrating that Transition towns are not just about “green” issues but about sustainable communities in general. The Transition Network has set up a website “Reconomy” http://www.reconomy.org talking about different ways of thinking about the economy, and of course a number of Transition Towns (Lewes, Totnes, Brixton, Bristol, and even…at one point in history..Ambridge!) have their own currency. We invited Derek Whyte, Deputy CEO of Preston City Council, to talk about the work they have done with CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) in Manchester, and a European Consortium, to look at how they procure goods and services, and ways in which they can procure more locally. It was good to hear they have significantly increased their local procurement, with benefits for local businesses and jobs.
We were delighted to have an expert discussion panel, with Dominic Oakshott from CEC, Richard Jones who was Director of Social Services for Lancashire and now undertakes consultancy work in social care and the charitable sector, and Catherine Mackenzie, Chair of Wilmslow Business Group. Dominic told us that CEC have been working to get more local procurement, and are up to around 25%; Catherine pointed out the challenges for small businesses in negotiating procurement challenges (large companies may have groups of lawyers negotiating these which makes it difficult for small enterprises) and Richard pointed out the real problems in local authority funding at present which make any economic model difficult. There was a lively discussion with the audience which, as always, raised more questions than it answered, but we agreed that there is a tension between local procurement and having processes in place to ensure fair tendering. There were lots of positive comments from the audience so we’d like to organise another lecture for next year: any suggestions for speakers gratefully received!
Thank you to Lindow Rainbows and their leaders who joined Transition Wilmslow on a special Lindow Moss Walk on 5th July 2016
We were blessed with evening sunshine and discussed how you work out the age of a tree, squeezed water out of moss, looked at sundew plants and enjoyed splashing about in the mud. This seems a great way to let children know a bit more about the wonderful heritage on their doorstep and we are hoping to do more walks with groups of youngsters in the autumn. Contact us for more information here
What do you want Wilmslow to look like?
Transition Wilmslow is taking a part in this initiative
Help to make a difference – have your say!
You are encouraged to ‘think big’ and make some creative and innovative suggestions
News from a Wilmslow Transitioner now living in Western Australia
Transition is really taking off in Australia. Of course they have very similar problems to those in the UK but there are some stark differences too:
- the weather – it’s a lot hotter and good for generating solar power
- there’s a lot less water – months of no rain and bush fire problems
- the soils here, particularly here in Western Australia are very poor, in fact Perth is really one big sand dune
- it’s BIG so things are very spread out and people drive a lot more
The Living Smart Programme
The whole idea started out in Fremantle 2002.
The Living Smart course is a 7 week affair (3 hours every Tuesday evening) consisting of ten key modules: Water Power Waste Simple Living Gardening for Food Transport Healthy You Gardening for Biodiversity Healthy Homes Community
It’s about training people to understand what can make the difference to living sustainably. Importantly, it includes behavioural change techniques that provide participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact – so critical to getting more of what people learn in the course implemented. See more at the Living Smart Website
Here is Marianne’s account of one of the sessions.
Tonight we did a great ice breaker – called “Sustainability Bingo” where we had to find people who did something in each of the categories (these were things like “use your own shopping bags” “cycle to work or shops” “drive a small economical car” etc.). Then we were asked in small groups to declare why we were there (and write it down) and then assess which things individuals in the group had in common. This was followed by an interesting discussion about behavioural change and how important goal setting is (a way of talking to your subconscious as well as a way of recognising and breaking down barriers to change). The course involved being very hands on with lots of activities, tonight mostly focused on what we wanted to know, why we were interested and the behavioural change stuff.
We hope to bring you more news from Marianne soon.
You are invited to join Transition Wilmslow when we will be planting up our raised beds and hosting our annual veggie seedling swap event.
As well as an opportunity for you to swap your surplus seedlings, there will be stalls, refreshments and activities.
Bring the family – try welly throwing and boules, plant a seed in a newspaper pot to take away, bring along small plastic plant pots to decorate, enjoy some cake and apple juice.