More Fruit Trees Planted

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.

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Pruning Workshop

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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

How to Prune Fruit Trees

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 in Wilmslow

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

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Seedy Saturday Success!

Seed & Seedling Swap Event 26 April 2014

Despite all our anxieties about the weather the sun shone on Saturday morning and the stiff breeze just added to the fun of getting the Gazebos up!

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We were delighted with the number of families who came along and a great time was had by all. The “Welly Hurling” was a great hit with the children and kept them busy all morning. When they were taking a rest from that they planted up the raised beds with a selection of veg plants under the direction of Garry Olson or with Chris Frankland’s help practised the art of log stacking.

While the children were busy the adults were able to concentrate on the serious business of swopping plants and seeds, gardening experience and much else.

As always the home made cakes went down very well and we were able to have hot spiced apple juice using the swedish candles supplied by Chris to heat it.

We were very grateful to Primrose Cottage Nursery for bringing along a selection of plants to sell and giving advice on gardening matters.

Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes, plants, seeds, time, effort, and to all who came to support us in making the morning so enjoyable.

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.

Invitation to Apple Pressing

Saturday 19, Sunday 20 October 2013

Chris and Philly Frankland invite anyone who would like to press apples to Hillside, Mill Lane, Ashley WA15 0RD on Saturday 19th from 10.00 ish to 5.00 ish and on Sunday 20th from 10.00 ish to 4.00ish.

If you would like to bring your own apples to press – feel free. If you don’t have many or any but would still like to join in, come along as we have more than enough for everyone.

You will need to bring plastic bottles for your juice. It freezes well.

We will provide everything else.