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.
Transition Wilmslow had a tree planting session on Saturday 4 February 2017. We were at ‘The Temp’ orchard at Gravel Lane, Wilmslow to replace three damaged apple trees. Chris talked us through the whole process; how deep to dig the holes; where to place the support stakes, how high to build up the surrounding soil.
It was also a good opportunity to discuss the position of the additional raised beds that will soon be built in between the trees.
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
HEATING UP THE APPLE JUICE
We were honoured to host the founder of Transition Wilmslow last week… here’s what he wrote about his visit, complete with podcasts:
Rob’s talk to a packed room on election night… local artisan beer is more exciting than corporate imports.
The Brixton Pound: one of many examples of how a local currency has been adopted encourage local spending.