Wilmslow

United Kingdom

Transition Wilmslow is a grassroots community group with the aim of developing a more sustainable town.

We meet monthly, on the second Thursday, with a mix of administrative steering group meetings and open meetings with an outside speaker on a particular topic. We also have a number of subgroups. All our welcome to any of our meetings, and details are on the diary page of our website. We also hold an annual Transition Wilmslow lecture, occasional film nights, pot luck suppers and a programme of local walks.
We have participated in our Local Plan and are very involved in the development of our town Neighbourhood Plan.

1. Energy Group: We offer free energy surveys with a thermal imaging camera, plus our “top tips” advice leaflet and follow up visits. There is a regular programme of meetings and talks on more sustainable energy, and we have been involved in Manchester Carbon Coop Activities and green open house events.

2. Lindow Moss: Lindow Moss is an area of SSI which has been badly degraded by peat cutting. We are working with local and national stakeholders to put together a plan for its restoration, which would not only improve the quality of flora and fauna, but would act as a very significant carbon sink. We have had two very popular Dawn walks on the Moss, commemorating the discovery of Lindow Man, and have led a number of walks for different audiences to explore different parts of the Moss. We have commented extensively on a planning application that offers restoration in return for planning permission for building houses, and we are recognised locally as a significant source of information and knowledge about the Moss.

3. Food Group: we are expanding our Community Garden in Gravel lane, and have planted three “mini Orchards” on different sites. We engage the community in planting and pruning events, and we are encouraging local guide and scout groups to help plant and harvest our raised beds.

4. Environment and Planning: We have commented extensively on the Local Plan and attended hearings. A number of our comments were adopted in the revised plan. As part of the Neighbourhood Plan group, we are developing a “Green Walkways” initiative.

5. Communications Group: we try to keep people aware of all our activities as well as more general environmental issues, by posting on social media and our website, and disseminating information more widely in the community.