James Wood from Totally Wild Foraging took us on a Foraging walk in The Carrs on 21st May. We tasted grasses, yarrow, daisies, hogweed seeds and stems, knotweed and hawthorn flower, and talked about rose bay willow herb asparagus. We learned what to do with elderflowers and elderberries when they are available, and ended up with a fantastic picnic of nettle soup which even the youngest children really enjoyed! Who knew what delicious treats there are hidden in The Carrs! James’s Cookbook, for those who are interested, (The Foragers Cookbook) is available on Amazon, and his blog is a great source of seasonal tips.
Join us with James on a Mushroom Day on November 4th: details will be on the website in due course.
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
A great opportunity to learn more about pruning fruit trees – and it’s entirely free!
Come along to the orchard in Meriton Park, Handforth on Saturday, 21st Jan, 2017 from 10-11am for some advice and ‘hands-on’ practice organised by Transition Wilmslow.
Access from the gate behind Handforth Paddock and walk to the far end of the Park to meet up. Secateurs optional. Sensible footwear and warm clothing recommended.
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
Seedling Swap at The Temp Community Garden 14 May 2016
Thanks to all who took part – seedling swappers, raised bed diggers, veggie planters, cake makers, fire makers, composting gurus and all those who just came along to have a look and a chat!
Please come along to the event next year. Or if you would like to lend a hand looking after the vegetables seedlings we have planted this year do please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We will be holding our annual seed and seedling swap event at the Community Garden and Orchard at The Temp on Gravel Lane. Between 11am and 2.30 pm on Saturday 25th April. There is an opportunity to bring along surplus vegetable seeds and seedlings to swap for someone else’s surplus! Children can get involved helping to plant out the raised beds that were so productive last year. There will also be plant stalls, practical composting advice and activities for children and adults – try welly throwing, log stacking, bug hunting and much more! Cake and refreshments will be available.
Can we do it? Yes we can!
This was the main theme at ‘Love Wilmslow, Love Our Planet’, a joint venture with Churches Together in Wilmslow and Transition Wilmslow at The Wilmslow Guild on St Valentine’s Day 2015.
What do we have in common? It’s a wish to look after our planet, to keep it for future generations too, and to take steps to reduce climate change.
We started the morning session with Paul Allen, one of the authors of Zero Carbon Britain who gave an uplifting and rich presentation about how reaching zero carbon emissions was very possible:
We could rapidly reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2030, using only currently available technology.
We could reduce our energy demand by around 60%, with particularly large savings in heating buildings and transport.
It is possible to meet 100% of the UK’s energy demand with renewable and carbon neutral energy sources; without fossil fuels and without new nuclear.
Read more here and download the latest report.
After a bread and soup lunch Professor John Handley gave a talk entitled ‘Lindow Moss; Making Sense of the Planning Application, followed by discussion.
Meanwhile there were craft and recycling activities to learn – composting, biscuit decoration, crochet, knitting, making gift boxes from Christmas cards to name a few. A highlight was a ‘stomp’ – a musical and movement performance using scrap material, organized by Wilmslow High School students.