It was a good day for ‘Plastic Free Wilmslow’ at the Artisan Market Saturday 21 April 2018. Many people visited the stall, saw the alternatives on offer and wrote pledges to cut their consumption of single-use plastic items. It was encouraging to hear from market goers who are already cutting their use of plastic. Some stall holders came on board too with palm leaf plates, cardboard cartons and wooden cutlery. All proving that it can be done. We just have to set our minds to doing it!!
Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!
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
Foraging Day with James Wood: Saturday 8th October 2016
A group of around 25 people joined James Wood, professional forager: http://www.totallywilduk.co.uk/ in the Carrs on Saturday.
James introduced us to all the things you can do with nettles (nettle tea, using nettles like spinach and even making nettle string: impressive!), mugwort as a herb or tea and boiling down meadowsweet to make a syrup. We learned how you extract sap from silver birch (same technique as maple syrup!) to make a lovely sweet syrup, and tasted the edible flowers of Himalayan Balsam. We saw a fungus on a birch branch (polypore) and had a look at some mushrooms. It was great to meet so many new people and we all agreed we would organise a full mushrooming day for next year! If you are interested in foraging and cooking wild food do look at James’s website, and look out for our mushroom day next year
Dawn Walk 30 July 2016
All who rose early on Saturday morning to experience dawn breaking on the Moss were not disappointed! We started out at 4.30am in darkness and made our way around Black Lake, across Lindow Common, Newgate Lane and onto the Moss in time to experience an atmospheric sunrise with mists hanging low over the peat bog.
Along the way we stopped to hear readings about the landscape now and in the past. One of the guests on the walk was Rick Turner, a leading figure with the British Museum on the exhumation, examination and preservation of the body of Lindow Man. Rick gave a reading that he had been inspired to compose – a diary entry as if it had been written in 1st Century AD by this bog man in his last hours leading up to being sacrificed at first light. This focused our thoughts as a bouquet of flowers from the bog was laid on the water in commemoration of Lindow Man.
Transition Wilmslow has another Moss walk planned for 17 September 2016 – at the more reasonable hour of 10am! See our Diary Page for this and other events.
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
The ‘Living Smart’ programme
Once again, Marianne (our Wilmslow Transitioner currently living in Australia) gives us news of the ‘Living Smart’ programme she is attending. Here is Part 4
Water and Biodiversity
The focus was on water which is a big deal for the world, but a particularly acute problem here in Western Australia (WA). The graph of rainfall for this part of the world was a worry (it is going down… a lot… decade on decade) whilst the population is increasing dramatically (it has doubled since I came to WA in 1999.)
We discussed what activities are most water intensive (watering gardens in WA!) and ways to save water from the very simple (showering standing in a bucket then using that to flush the loo etc.) to collecting rainwater from your roof in a tank and all the things you need to consider for that. Ecoburbia (4 “apartments” sharing a house and utilities) can survive for most of the year in WA on only the rain water they collect! Lots more interesting stuff about Ecoburbia at http://ecoburbia.com.au
We also discussed Biodiversity. Perth’s population is set to double over the next 40 years. Will wildlife manage to survive? Perth straddles the Swan and Canning Rivers which wildlife need to access. We discussed how to create habitats and corridors for native species.
‘Transport’ is the theme for Week 5