12 Monthly Challenges

Our monthly challenges have begun!

Join us each month on a new challenge, a year-long journey towards a more sustainable way of life.  We are more than half way through June with the WWW challenge: Why Waste Water?  Check out our simple water saving tips, and send in your stories and anecdotes.  And keep it up!  Next month, it’s the first part of a Rubbish Diet: reduce food waste!

Smooth Weekend

Successful ‘Big Weekend’

Thanks to all who came to our Skills Share Event Saturday 14 June and learned how to knit, do patchwork, make herb tea, make raised beds for growing vegetables, pedalled the bike to power a blender to make smoothies, drank tea, ate homemade cakes…and much much more.  Look out for our next Skills Share event later in the year.

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The following day Transition Wilmslow was out again, this time at the Wilmslow Artisan Market.  The main feature was the family bike ride, setting off from our stall with 25 cyclists participating in the eight mile route, taking in the new multi-use path through The Carrs.  The pedal powered smoothie maker was once again a crowd puller.  Thanks to Wilmslow Sainsbury’s for providing the fruit on both days.

The smoothie maker will be making another appearance at our stall at the Wilmslow Show, Sunday 13 July.

See you then!

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Anything but a Bog Standard Landscape…

A New Vision for Lindow Moss

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On Thursday 3rd April, Transition Wilmslow hosted a workshop to bring people together and discuss a new way forward for Lindow Moss.  Over 50 people attended, from local councillors, to English Heritage, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Manchester Museum, Environment Agency, and other interested parties.

Professor John Handley talked about the formation of the Moss (a much bigger area than that known as Lindow Common), and how the exploitation of the peat for fuel from the Middle Ages onwards created distinctive field boundaries called moss ‘rooms’. He described it as “one of the best preserved landscapes of its type in Britain and yet, astonishingly, it is not protected by designation of any kind.”

Tony Evans, Chair of the Saltersley Common Preservation Society (covering Lindow Moss), also addressed the group.  We heard about the apparent infringements of the planning conditions by the peat extraction companies, leading to a lowering of the water table, and effects including near-disappearance of wildlife such as water voles, and subsidence of houses in the area.

Groups looked at education, landscape restoration and heritage, access and usage, and ecology to identify possible steps to restore the Moss and were reminded that this year is the 30th anniversary of the finding of Lindow Man. The building buzzed with lively conversation.

The participants agreed a New Vision for Lindow Moss and that we would try to work collaboratively to bring about the project.

For Transition Wilmslow, the project brings together many of the strands that they are about: local community, biodiversity, food, education, carbon, resilience and legacy for future generations.  For more information please visit the Lindow Moss pages.

It’s a waste!

‘Trashed’ – a very thought-provoking film was screened at Wilmslow Library by Transition Wilmslow. 

Our planet is already trashed with our non-degradable waste.  A ‘soup’ of plastic fragments floats in all our oceans; waste dumped on the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean turns up on beaches far away to the west. Incinerating just compounds the problem by creating deadly dioxins rendering adjacent farmland unfit for food production and animal grazing.

We can’t change the past but we can act now for the future.

Transition Wilmslow supports any initiatives involved in waste reduction and recycling.  We would like to hear from you. transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

You might be interested in what is happening locally

Waste Reduction Volunteers and Recycling Champions:

Read about their schemes here

Loved by Lottie:

Making unloved furniture loved again – on Facebook 

Wilmslow Clean Team

see what they do here, contact WilmslowCT@gmail.com 

‘Wilmslow to Music’

Transition Wilmslow encourage you to attend the Lindow Singers 50th Anniversary Concert ‘Spirit of Lindow’ at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Poems, by local poets, about Lindow Moss, the Bollin Valley and Alderley Edge have been set to music by Sasha Johnson Manning and will be performed on the evening.

This performance promotes Wilmslow, its wider community and its natural surroundings – Transition Wilmslow’s aim too!

Read more: www.lindowsingers.org.uk/lsnewscomm.htm

Plastic bag charge to be introduced in England!

This is good news!

The Break the Bag Habit coalition, which launched its campaign in August 2012, pressured the government for the introduction of a bag charge in England, as it’s good news for the environment.

The director of Campaigns and Communications at Keep Britain Tidy said last month, “This is a brilliant and significant victory for the work of the Break the Bag Habit coalition, the campaign led by four leading environmental charities – Keep Britain Tidy, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. Proceeds from the charge, like in Wales where the measure already exists, are likely to be donated to environmental charities.”

Read more at http://tiny-url.org/miGIJ58H

Have YOU broken the Bag Habit?

“Share a Skill Coffee Morning” Saturday, 11th May, 10am – 12noon at St Chads Church, Handforth

Can you bake bread? Knit simple things? Make paper plant pots? Mend a hole in a pipe? Service your bike? Sew a patch or make a quilt?

Come along and have a go at some of the above to save money, develop skills, and have fun too.

We want people to work as a community, to do more to be sustainable in all sorts of ways, and to reuse rather than throw away. It’s been a challenge to think of what simple things we’d like to know and to find people who might share them on a Saturday morning, but we know people across Wilmslow, and Handforth, might appreciate the chance. Most of us seem to fail to ride that rusty bike parked outside, would love to reuse some old fabric, or learn to make something instead of buying a cheap but not good ready meal. If this works, watch out Wilmslow!

There will be a small charge – £2 for coffee, biscuits, and all the above activities, free for children with parent.