It’s been a year since we held our first Transition Dartmouth Park meeting at Highgate Newtown Community Centre, to see if there was interest in reducing our use of fossil fuels, strengthening our community and having some fun.
Well there was lots of interest and over the last year we’ve held events and workshops, large and small, including several film nights, our Christmas Give & Take launch party, a seed swapping Saturday back in March, our Midsummer outdoor cinema, a potluck lunch and growing session in the garden of HNCC and range of craft sessions such as our herbal beauty products making workshop in July.
We also have several projects up and running; following the permaculture course we ran in February, we’ve gone food growing crazy and have transformed the garden of Highgate Newtown Community Centre, started a gardening club for children at Brookfield School, started growing food on Brookfield estate, and have begun a garden sharing scheme to match landless food growers with those who have under-used gardens.
We also have a regular monthly knitting group, a fruit-tree mapping and picking project, and we’re about to launch an energy saving competition to encourage residents to meter and save electricity use.
On Sunday we celebrated with a BBQ in the food growing space we started at Highgate Newtown Community Centre. We harvested heritage potatoes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, and even a large squash that miraculously grew in a container with very little sun! And of course there was birthday cake – chocolate and local plum. And after lunch Master Gardener Anita Gracie kindly dropped by to give us some winter growing advice.
We’ll have lots more going on over the next year, so please do get involved or get in touch with any new ideas you have.