Transition Belsize is a community group in the NW3 area of London seeking to design a better future for our local area. Our aim is to come up with a vision of a greener and happier Belsize, to strengthen community through fun, useful and sociable activities. If you live, work or play in NW3, then you’re very welcome to join us.
Several of us and numbers of local people got together at Restart party on 31st July, to get advice and fix the problems of electric equipments. I fixed my iPhone cable which the white cover was peeled. With lovely red Sugru, it "restart" its prolonged life in safe condition.
You can see the lovely Youtube video of the day from here!
On 8th August, one of us visited Premier Inn site, and nurtured new sprouts and growing vegetables. Now especially onions and tomatoes are growing well; radish sprouts brilliantly; and rocket needs harvest. The harvest of the day was: lots of rockets, Nasturtium, Chives. This bagful harvest got people's attention in Transition Tipple afterwards. Next weekly gathering is 6-8pm on 11th August. Come and have a look at our lovely vegetables there! (Possibly followed by a pub social afterwards.)
7 members turned up on Sunday, and did tidy up, harvested lots of rockets, kale and mint, re-plant Calendula and planted some seeds. Now, Spinach, Chicory, Chard, Lettuce and Radish are in small box, at plastic greenhouse.
Congratulations to The Restart Project for being selected a one of 20 top enterprises of the new economy by REconomy (a Transition Network project)! Restart was co-founded by a member of Transition Belsize, and they're hosting their next event on July 31st at Belsize Community Library, 6-9pm.Read more about the report and download it in full here.
With this current heatwave, the plants at our food-growing sites are bolting, going to seed rather than growing slowly to give us the big leaves, roots and fruits that are good to eat. We need help keeping them watered so that they slow down. You can help us by dropping by whenever you like – maybe on your way home from work once a week – and watering the beds.
I only learned that Transition was the fruit of permaculture when I did a Permaculture Course with Steve Jones in May, which removed (some) scales from my eyes. Hence it was with enormous pleasure that I turned down a hip fest in Wales in order to host a Transition Belsize stand at the London Permaculture Festival, held at Cecil Sharpe House on Sunday 14th July, as a permaculture newby! It revealed to me why I didn't like 'horticulture' - or rather 'monoculture' - and the staggering inefficiency of our current electricity-generating and heat-generating system... My Transition friends had already educated me on peak oil.
Over at another of our local primary schools, Fitzjohns, Stephen of Transition Belsize, was delighted to have the opportunity to display the fantastic model of the vision for an green Fitzjohns school in 2030, which the kids had created last term at his eco club. What amazed Stephen was the highly considered approach the kids took to the project, for example the kids felt that by 2030 we would need to grow alot more of our own food, but becase we live in a cold climate, there would need to be lots of greenhouses - so a big part of the site is filled with greenhouses. THe other main design challenge included how to make the energy generation centre attractive, as another big chunk of the site revolved around energy generation and saving!