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Snowy start to spring with Seedy Saturday, Green Homes event and core group away day

Islington-20130323-00254Transition Dartmouth Park has had a busy start to spring, with no less than four events over the last week.

Last Monday saw us join with our neighbouring Transitioners in Tufnell Park for a talk from Passivhaus architect Justin Bere, held at Forks. And on Thursday we continued with the home energy theme with the brilliant Green Homes event. The event was organised by Sarah and Pamela from the TDP core group, together with Jackie from Muswell Hill Sustainability, working with Camden Council. Over 100 people came along to hear talks from green architects and those who had already retrofitted their homes, and were able to meet suppliers and tradespeople to find out how to make their homes more enrgy efficient. We had a Transition stall with container growing and the chance to do some knitting, while Transition Kentish Town showed off the contents of this weeks veg box, from their new scheme.

On Saturday more than 30 of us braved the snow for our second annual Seedy Saturday, held at Highgate Newtown Community Centre. The plan had been to start some spring planting in the food growing space we created last year. However, the weather had other ideas, and we had to content ourselves with planting seeds indoors, seed swapping and munching our way through the fabulous array of cakes that were baked for the occasion. Children made wildflower seed bombs, and planted pea seeds in homemade newspaper pots, and we ended the afternoon with a great Gardener’s Question Time from Anita Gracie, who gave us advice on how we could still get a decent crop this year, despite the weather.

As soon as it gets a bit warmer, our growing projects will start again, so please do plant some seeds inside now, so there are plenty of seedlings ready for when the weather improves.

We ended the weekend, with a Transition Dartmouth Park core group away day on Sunday afternoon, kindly hosted by the Harrington Project. The afternoon was a chance for us to have a good discussion and review of our projects over the last year,  look at the bigger picture of what Transition is trying to achieve, and eat a relaxing shared lunch together. We don’t often get the chance to take stock, so this was a good opportunity to take a step back, celebrate our hard work and the projects we have created so far, and think about how to make the next year even better.

Core groups are an important part of the Transition process, they communicate Transition to the wider community and help initiate projects and events. If you think this is something you have an interest in committing to, please do get in touch: transitiondp@gmail.com

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About saraayech

I'm a mother of two, living in London in the UK, writing a vegan recipe blog. I also work as an environmental campaigner and am currently on a years maternity leave.

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