At our picnic on Primrose Hill we were able to share ideas with members of Transition Tufnell Park and Transition Kentish Town. We should have called this event 'Elderflowers, Envisioning and Entertainment', as we were also able to enjoy some live music performed by members of the group. Many of us didn't realise this at the time, but it turned out we were also celebrating the summer solstice, which takes place a day early when we have a leap year.
Advances in technology are putting intense pressure on us to become more of a throw-away society. We're challenging this. At this well-attended Restart Party people brought along their broken electronic devices and were offered assistance to help them try to fix the problems. We also shared information about the location of repair shops that we had found to be useful. We think this event fitted in well with our ambition to encourage people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
This photo shows visitors being shown round the Fruitery during our wildlife weekend. The Fruitery was designed and developed using the principles of Permaculture. The aim is to work with nature, by using suitable companion planting, to produce a low maintenance, sustainable but productive garden. Instead of using weedkiller, we use mulches and 'green manure'. Instead of using hosepipes and watering timers, we use the shade of trees to reduce plants' need for water.